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Production Editor - Farmers Weekly - Sutton

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Group Production Editor, Farmers Weekly

Sutton, Surrey


Farmers Weekly needs a talented Group Production Editor to work across its digital and print portfolios. 

This is very exciting time for farming, which is undergoing a huge amount of change – and the market-leading title, Farmers Weekly, is changing too, with a fresh approach for print and online to better reflect the goals and challenges of its readers.


The Group Production Editor will spearhead the throughput of daily and weekly content, prioritising and delegating to their team of four multimedia sub-editors to ensure accuracy, quality and timeliness. He or she will also work closely with the designer and picture editor to maximise reader and user experience of content.

This is a management position that also requires hands-on skills, so the Group Production Editor will be comfortable getting to grips with technical subject matter, handling copy with confidence and care, as well as giving feedback to the team to ensure high standards are met across the board.

The role requires both traditional print expertise - from sub-editing to layout, copyfitting and making final PDFs for press - and the latest web production skills such as tagging, SEO, video, podcasts and graphics.

The Group Production Editor will also be responsible for liaising with stakeholders in the Sales, Marketing, Editorial, Projects, Ad Ops and Web teams to foresee and manage workflow peaks and troughs to ensure smooth delivery at all times.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable subs desk management experience on a news-led publication or website and will thrive on a fast-paced environment where no two days are the same.



Ability to lead and manage a team.

Budget management. 

Good communicator.

Ability to juggle the demands of conflicting workflows.

Managing print flatplans and web schedule.

Setting deadlines and copy chasing.

Keeping the style sheet up to date and ensuring it is adhered to.

Strong English language skills.

Knowledge of libel law and copyright issues.

Relentless attention to detail. Expert proofreader.

Ability to edit/cut copy sensitively and in line with the priorities of the publication.

Able to tailor copy to a specified audience.

Ability to prioritise work and work to deadlines.

Able to maintain accuracy under pressure.

Design/page layout skills.

Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Illustrator an advantage.

Understanding of SEO and optimising copy for a web environment.

Experience of using web publishing systems. Knowledge of HTML and other web skills an advantage.



Farmers Weekly is the market-leading and award-winning title for the UK agriculture industry. Since 1934, it has been delivering news, technical advice and industry insights to help farmers make informed decisions that enable them to run their businesses more efficiently.

The Farmers Weekly's website, the reigning PPA Website of the Year, offers daily news and market prices plus a database of essential reference guides and how-to articles, from safeguarding herd health, maximising crop yields and servicing farm machinery to staying ahead of the latest legislation. 

On social media it has more followers than any other UK farming. Farmers Weekly’s active, engaged community are on Twitter (74,000 followers), Facebook (108,000 followers), Instagram (29,000 followers) and YouTube (39,000 subscribers).

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