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Commissioning Editor – Mass & Celebrity Brands

Job Introduction

Our Team:

The Real Life content team is a lively and talented group of journalists. Working in a fast-paced environment, their focus is on commissioning and writing the best and most engaging stories for Bauer’s Real Life magazines including Take a Break weekly & monthly and that’s life! Weekly & monthly, Closer, Bella and Yours.

The Focus of the Role:

Implementing content strategy and overall editorial vision by commissioning and developing original articles and features for Bella, Closer and Yours, that can be used across print and digital, as well as re-purposing existing editorial. Utilises a network of agencies, writers, subject experts, and Bauer’s in-house story agency (TSP) to source engaging and innovative content while working to budget.

In addition, this role is responsible for chasing strong stories from leads in other titles/media. Together with head of content, the commissioning editor will support writers within the Content Team and external agencies/freelancers to ensure content is produced to the highest standard and delivered on time and to brief.

Role Responsibility

  • Liaising with the brand deputy eds/ assistant eds across Bella, Closer and Yours, to understand editorial vision, and to pitch original and innovative story ideas.
  • Commissioning all real life content, including from agencies, freelancers and in-house writers, to ensure copy is delivered on time and to the brief
  • Working with the Group Head of Content & Commissioning, head of content, and the other commissioning editors to drive value for agency stories
  • Support the head of content, by giving writers, researchers and content creators a clear commissioning/briefing to ensure quality and accuracy of content  
  • Co-planning across portfolio with other Commissioning Editors, managing schedules and budgets – Main focus will be commissioning for Mass & Celeb but Commissioning Editors will work as a team, and be able to cover for one another where appropriate.
  • Use planning on Monday.com and utilise new technology to best advantage
  • Writing copy as required

The Ideal Candidate

  • Expertise: best-in-class journalists on their subject matter, passionate and authoritative ​  
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills
  • Creative thinkers - able to operate across channels 
  • Understanding user need to ensure commissioned content is appropriately focused  ​   
  • Great planners: efficient, diary-driven and organised​  
  • Professional pride – a desire to hit the correct quality threshold for each title/channel
  • Ability to develop a network of agencies, freelance writers and subject experts, maximising all opportunities for sourcing relevant and engaging content

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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