14 days ago
  • LevelMid Level
  • ProfessionsCopy Editor, Content Editor, Copywriter
  • TypeFull Time
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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Are you an experienced sub and/or production editor who’s passionate about cultural storytelling? Can you work on a complex publishing pipeline while spotting a dodgy statistic from a mile away? Are you unphased by the pace of digital publishing and value well-researched, thought-provoking work?
Canvas8 is looking for an organised and detail-obsessed sub and production editor to join a growing team, edit fascinating stories, and help to ensure our high editorial standards.

About us
We are Canvas8, a strategic insights practice with offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Singapore.
We help our clients understand people so they can make better business decisions. Our work investigates the hidden insights in everyday life – from the psychology of boredom to football fandom and why Barbiecore is a Gen Y thing – and makes them meaningful for brands. Our content tells compelling cultural and behavioural stories for clients like Nike, Google, LEGO, and Ogilvy.
Our team has a diverse blend of disciplines and skills, from psychology to journalism and anthropology to behavioural economics. What unites us is a desire to understand people and a passion for delivering outstanding work.

About the role
Working with our global team of analysts and writers, you'll be the final eyes on all our content, including trend reports, newsletters, and website copy. You’ll help to ensure that the daily content for the Canvas8 Library – a platform of over 35,000 articles – is produced and published on time and to the highest standard.
You’ll work closely with our team of editors and analysts to ensure that all of our outputs – whether a snappy website pop-up or a 10,000-word research report – are error-free, insightful, useful, and in line with our Canvas8 tone of voice. You’ll stress-test our statistics and claims to ensure they’re robust – and you’ll be comfortable sourcing better data if necessary.
You’ll develop your analytical nous and contribute to projects beyond editing, including how we integrate new technologies into the production process. You’ll work with teams across the business to grow your understanding of our audience, enabling you to make informed and strategic edits. You’ll use the insight you’ve gained to contribute to meetings on our editorial strategy and act as an avatar for our clients and Members, enabling you to hold our pieces to the highest standard.
You’ll have the opportunity to host workshops and upskill our writers and editors, building your brand along the way. You’ll also work closely with our Dev team to ensure our bespoke Canvas8 CMS delivers our content in the most effective and intuitive way.
You’ll also have the opportunity to mentor junior sub-editors, helping them to bed in and improve their subbing skills and making them feel welcome, valued, and supported.

About you
You’re a font of grammatical knowledge who’s confident with being the final pair of eyes on a piece before it goes out. You’re an excellent writer who can distil the key points of a piece into a snappy, engaging headline. You’re interested in culture and current affairs, and you can relate that interest to evolving style and tone of voice guides. You’re open to new tools and technologies and confident in putting forward new ideas.

You keep the highest standards
As a content custodian, you’re committed to producing and maintaining the highest level of editorial output, whether that’s ensuring robust analysis or inclusive language. You’re confident in ensuring that style, tone, and formatting are consistent across all our content, setting the standard for the whole business.

You’re comfortable with numbers as well as words
You’re confident in making sense of facts and figures – you know the difference between percentages and percentiles. You’re capable of reading charts and graphs, and you have a knack for spotting a dodgy statistic.

You're naturally organised
Super-organised and deadline-driven, you thrive in a fast-paced environment. You have a lot of energy while remaining calm, and you’re laser-focused on achieving your team’s goals. Perhaps you come from a newsroom but want to go beyond headlines to find the ‘why’. You have impeccable time-management skills, and you’re comfortable juggling multiple deadlines.

You’re analytical and curious
Reviewing content for grammar, spelling, and punctuation is your bread and butter, but you excel in making complex ideas easy to understand and strengthening weak points. Canvas8 exists to help businesses understand people, and developing your analytical skills and a deep understanding of our clients’ challenges will help you become a better sub-editor and a vital member of the Canvas8 team.

  • Three to six years of experience sub-editing or copy editing for a publication or online platform
  • First-rate organisational and procedural skills
  • Detail and deadline-focused – able to make smart decisions, fast
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience using CMS systems
  • Culturally aware and comfortable discussing complex ideas

  • Competitive salary dependent on experience
  • Hybrid working (2 days at the office) with flexible start times
  • 29 days paid holiday (including bank hols)
  • Interest-free ‘Life Unlock Loan’ for lump sum payments (rental deposits, sponsorship etc)
  • A personalised career development plan
  • Access to physical and mental well-being support including two ‘Mental Wealth’ days
  • Pension, life insurance, cashback private health plan and cycle scheme
  • Summer Fridays, seasonal benefits, and lots of staff socials
  • A friendly and welcoming team (pooches included)

If this sounds like a good fit, please apply via the link.
Applications will close on Wednesday, July 24, 2024.

Skills Required

  • Editing
  • Copywriting Editorial
  • Copwriting
  • Sub-editing
  • Subbing

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