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Advertising Production Controller

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Job Introduction

Our Team:

We facilitate the creation of all commercial print and social media content. From the point of sale until being published, we nurture and assist in providing the best possible customer journey, ensuring revenue retention and strong relationships with our advertisers.

The Focus of the Role:

The focus of this role will be to assist in the production of advertising content for our customers, caretaking from point of sale to being published.

You’ll manage production and make-up of adverts for magazines spanning a variety of specialist markets and creating example proofs, by working closely with our in-house creative team. Sending proofs to advertisers and obtaining sign-off confirmations, from all advertisers prior to print. This includes proof reading and checking the whole document for accuracy, visual impact and resolution. This will also include the building of complete pages using Indesign from within the flatplaning tool and page planning system for classified.

Role Responsibility

  • Contact and remind advertisers for advertisement copy, adhering to internal and external print schedules.
  • To send artwork specification data to clients when requested and to support them in the delivery of their artwork, whilst encouraging full use of or automated copy portal. If required, coordinate the creation of display and classified adverts, sold by your advertising teams.
  • Check all advertising pages and advise on the design of adverts that can be used to fill space, with speed and accuracy.
  • Manage colour reproduction and proofs for advertisers, including obtaining and generating artwork that will print to the high standards we demand.
  • Approve all advertising artwork and understand that as a Publisher and our clients, have the right to veto any inappropriate material. It is essential that you observe any restrictions, to ensure we publish material responsibly.
  • Answer queries, take messages and generally help with the day-to-day running of the Advertising
  • Production department and support the teams within the business, when required.
  • Build and maintain, close working relationships with sales teams, to ensure we provide the best customer service we can.
  • Co-ordinate with the flat planning team to obtain finalised flat plans, to ensure complete accuracy and that all adverts, appear as directed by this document.
  • You will be required to set classified pages, using our in-house systems and be responsible overall for the appearance of those pages. This will involve communicating to sales surrounding any space issues and required fillers.
  • You will be asked to perform other tasks as assigned, including holiday and sickness cover, as well as attending staff / team meetings.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Be quick thinking with, a positive can-do attitude.
  • A creative approach, with attention to detail.
  • Passion for providing the best customer journey possible (internal and external) and a willingness to grow and embrace change, in line with customer needs.

Package Description

Rewards packages at Bauer Media offer a range of salary sacrifice Benefits, such as our pension scheme and flexible holidays, as well as exclusive Perks like great deals and discounts for everyday life.

  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Discounted high street vouchers
  • Internal Bauer Academy – Wide range of learning opportunities to support with your Career Development (Bauer Media Group - Academy: Posts | LinkedIn)
  • Opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension 
  • Cycle to work scheme, tech loan scheme and groups discounts for healthcare insurance
  • Discounted subscriptions on Bauer publications (50%)
  • Thrive initiatives – Wellbeing at Bauer
  • Opportunities to contribute to our Belonging@Bauer and Sustainability initiatives

Flexible Working

We want to make sure that we find the right people to work in our teams, and we know that the traditional 9-5, five days a week doesn’t suit everyone. So, we would love to hear from you if you feel you’re a great fit for this role and would like to work flexibly. If you are the right person for this role, we’ll find the right working approach for you. 


About the Company

About Bauer Media Group

Bauer Media Group has become an enduringly successful media corporation by focusing on creating content that matters most to millions of people around the world: from print and online publishing to radio and money-helper services for consumers, as well as sales and marketing services for SMB. Family-owned in the 5th generation, Bauer focuses on the long term, with a consumer-first mindset that guides us across our increasingly diverse portfolio. Our workforce of 15,000 shares a passion – to deliver content and services that are popular with, and helpful to, our customers and partners.

As the UK’s biggest selling magazine publisher, we create iconic and influential magazine media brands, digital properties and associated consumer and B2B live events for diverse, passionate audiences.  We reach 25 million consumers through our portfolio, which includes heat, Grazia, Closer, Empire, Motor Cycle News, Parkers, Mother& Baby, TV Choice, Take a Break, Bella, Yours, Garden News and Country Walking.  Our scale, coupled with the breadth of our portfolio, gives us an advantage over pure play magazine competitors. It also gives us a huge responsibility - our brands become the lens through which our audiences see the world, and for this reason, we take our responsibilities as a media outlet very seriously, recognising that we are responsible for shaping perceptions in the wider world.

Belonging at Bauer Mission statement

People are at the heart of everything we do. Inclusivity is part of who we are. We celebrate diversity in all its forms, and encourage authenticity, knowing that our differences are celebrated.

What we will offer you

Quite simply, our promise to you is that Bauer Media is a great place to do great work with great people. Our people take an enormous amount of pride in the brands they support. They like their team members, and they feel supported by their managers. We all take collective responsibility for our culture, because we know it has a ripple effect out across our brands. That’s why our culture of inclusion at work, Belonging at Bauer, is at the heart of everything we do. Belonging at Bauer is about our dual goals of being as representative as we can of the audiences we serve, and about creating a working environment where all our people feel able to bring their whole selves to work every day. It’s part of everything we do, and everyone who works here is responsible. If you join us, you’ll be an important part of this as well.

Our mental health at work

We’re proud to be the driving force behind the “Where’s your head at?” campaign, which is working to put Mental Health First Aiders on an equal footing with traditional workplace First Aiders. This is a priority for all of us that work at Bauer and we now have fully trained Mental Health First Aiders supporting and working across all of our UK locations.

Bauer Core Values

Creativity - We create unique, high quality content that delights our audiences.

Ambition - We think big and bold, pushing boundaries and embracing change.

Passion - We approach every day with curiosity, commitment and a lively positive mindset.

Teamwork - We learn from each other and take the time to understand both challenges and opportunities, working together to find the right solution.

Trust - We are open, respectful and honest.

Inclusivity - We encourage different points of view and perspectives and value all contributions.

Responsibility - We make measured and thoughtful decisions that support the business vision.

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