Role title: ILM Editor No of direct reports: One Directorate: Publishing, ILM
Reports to: Senior Communications Manager Created by: Sam Dukes
Created on: 4 Feb 2008
Role purpose: To edit and produce Edge magazine and other publications to the highest standard in order to
meet readers’ needs and ILM’s objectives
Title and definition: Typical success measures:
1 EDITORIAL All publications produced on time as per the agreed schedule
All publication content is well-researched and offers an in-depth
To manage the editorial process for ILM membership publications examination of the subject
Edge, Edge online, Newsroom, e-LGM and e-Enterprise. Publications are free from errors – grammatical and factual
Responsibilities include planning, writing, commissioning and editing a Magazine is well placed against its competitors so it either betters
steady stream of stylish and weighty features – and co-ordinating the competition or covers new ground that the competition have
colleagues, editorial staff and freelance contributors in order to deliver yet to exploit
top quality content for ILM’s publications, so that they engage and Editorial strategy consistently promotes ILM’s key values of
inform existing members, attract new members and raise the profile of ongoing professional and personal development
ILM as an authority on leadership and management. High quality articles are written, commissioned and published in
line with the expectations of the Senior Communications Manager
All ILM publications are produced to a high and exacting editorial
Edits and commissions other ILM publications as required
2 STRATEGY Regular columns are reviewed and updated where necessary
Monitor readership feedback/research and adapt the content and Contemporary business/management issues are covered in the
strategy of Edge and all e-publications accordingly to ensure they magazine
continue to meet the changing needs of ILM and its members. Track Opportunities are sought out to develop editorial which brings in
trends in other business publications and adapt where necessary to new readers
make sure Edge appeals to a wider audience and stands out from the Editorial is considered in light of potential advertising revenue and
competition as a fresh and modern management magazine. advertising agent is liaised with if editorial has potential to bring in
3 TEAMWORK AND PEOPLE MANAGEMENT Best contributors and articles for Edge are decided and agreed in
Work with the Senior Communications Manager to create a strong and regular editorial meetings
productive team ethos which takes personal and professional pride in Edge magazine is produced on time and to budget
the success of Edge. Line manage the Edge Deputy Editor in order to Regular attendance and effective contribution to team meetings
consistently develop their ability and performance. Positive feedback received from colleagues
Support and coaching is provided to team members
4 DEPARTMENTAL PROCESSES Edge maintains consistently high editorial standards and the
Manage, develop, source and recruit all freelance columnists and magazine is free from errors both grammatical and factual
contributors to consistently drive up the quality of subject matter and Agreed editorial processes are followed
writing and oversee the delivery of all internal and external editorial The contributors are managed so that the editorial they produce is
contributions from conception through to writing, editing and layout to on time, to specification and budget
ensure the content and style are of the highest possible standard, and All departmental procedures run smoothly and the department
that errors are eliminated from the magazine. operates effectively and within budget.
5 BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS A contact book of key contributors, PR contacts and organisations
Takes responsibility for establishing, maintaining and managing key is built up and maintained
publishing relationships with multiple suppliers, individuals and Excellent working relationship with the advertising agent is
organisations in order to achieve a strong network of high quality established, liaising on the flatplan, supplying contact details and
contacts that enhance the business and profile of the publications and leads
organisation. Effective liaison with printer, colour house and distribution house
on Edge matters
Core competencies: Role specific competencies:
For all employees For all employees,* for managers,** for managers with direct reports
Adaptability and change Business focus
Customer focus Communication and impact
Delivering results Influencing others
Learning and sharing knowledge Innovation
Working with others Leading others
Managing and developing others **
Key to levels:
F= Foundation Planning and reviewing *
P= Progressive A
A= Advanced Solving problems and making decisions *
E= Expert Vision and strategy
Qualifications and experience English language or related arts graduate. A publishing/journalism related qualification.
Good degree level (or equivalent) achieved – 2:1.
Experience of working on a leadership and
Extensive experience in a magazine publishing management magazine.
Experience of conducting profile interviews and writing
Proven track record of writing, sub editing and case studies.
Has journalistic contacts and evidence of creating a
Proven experience of successfully managing magazine or magazine section from inception to finish.
multiple freelance staff and suppliers.
Proven experience of managing budgets.
Proven experience of publishing project
Proven e-publishing experience.
Knowledge and skills Proficient Quark Xpress (MAC). Experience of other publishing packages – Illustrator,
Ability to edit articles, write captions, intros and
sharp sub heads to create dynamic copy. Knowledge of Delano software
Knowledge of and an ability to plan and manage RedDot CMS
publishing processes effectively.
Communicator mass e-mail software package
Ability to manage publishing personnel and deputise
for Senior Communications Manager.
Up-to-date knowledge of the latest leadership and
management issues and current affairs.