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Sub Editor – Take a Puzzle

Job Introduction

Our Team
The Puzzles Department is responsible for creating 32 separate puzzle magazines with a variety of frequencies. This dedicated team are all puzzle specialists, whether commissioning, compiling or designing. There is a passion for all types of puzzles and the output from this team means the division is an important part of Bauer’s global activities. 
The focus of your role
The primary function of the role is to check and edit the content and layout of each page in the magazine, including answer pages, ahead of the Editor’s approval. The subeditor will also help the editor when creating new content for bumper editions throughout the year.

Role Responsibility

What you’ll do
• Solve all puzzle content on every page of Take a Puzzle
• Correct inaccuracies to puzzles and any other text on the page
• Improve wording of clues or other elements of puzzle mechanisms, and ensure puzzles are solvable at the intended level of difficulty
• Use creativity to freshen up puzzles while maintaining their appeal to existing readers
• Write and subedit any supporting copy
• Make editorially-agreed changes to pages and source files on screen using InDesign and Illustrator
• Assist the editor in keeping each issue on schedule by subbing a set number of pages, as well as completing other tasks, over an agreed time
• collaborate with the editorial assistant in order to ensure the latter is able to maintain a steady flow of content from external compilers
• Check and accurately edit all puzzle solutions on answer pages
• Write supporting copy for prize pages if required
• Deputise for the editor in any other capacity required – eg in communicating with Promotions or Accounts
• Solve back pages for other editors in the department as necessary, particularly on Take a Crossword and the Mirror

The Ideal Candidate

• A natural instinct for interesting, varied and fun puzzle content 
• Expertise in solving, editing and compiling of puzzles, including crosswords, wordsearches, picture puzzles, quizzes, and logic puzzles.
• A fastidious and meticulous commitment to accuracy
• Working knowledge of Illustrator, particularly for editing puzzle grids 
• Fully conversant with InDesign
• Good written and verbal communication skill
• Strong ability to work in a team

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.

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.



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