Features Assistant, Saga Magazine

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

The magazine team mainly work remotely but meet at least twice a week in Saga’s London (King’s Cross) office and occasionally at the company’s Folkestone HQ.

Aimed at people aged over 50, Saga Magazine is a subscription-only monthly magazine with a circulation of over 250K. It features everything from celebrity interviews and culture pieces to health and relationship features as well as motoring, food and travel sections.

The small and friendly team thrives on the varied experience of - and exchange of ideas between - colleagues of different ages, and is committed to challenging  the stereotypes around age and ageing.

This features assistant job would suit someone who’s passionate about magazines and has some journalistic experience and/or a post-graduate journalism qualification. The ideal candidate will be keen to get hands-on experience of the processes involved in producing a magazine – from ideas meetings, planning and commissioning to subbing and picture research.

 

Role Responsibility

Your main duties will be to:

  • Help research feature articles from celebrity pieces to health stories; assist picture editors and sub-editors with research and fact-checking.
  • Keep up to date with upcoming cultural launches and other events, and contribute short newsy pieces to, for instance, the What’s On (culture) pages.
  • Deal with reader correspondence as well as with contributor invoices and requests (sending PDFs etc).
  • Represent the magazine at events such as film previews and reader events.
  • Assist with newsletter and social media content.
  • Organise and update the magazine’s archive of content and directory of contacts, as well as update the magazine’s planning spreadsheets.

 

The Ideal Candidate

You will need:

  • To be educated up to at least degree level - preferably with a post-graduate qualification in journalism.
  • An excellent command of written English.
  • A passion for magazines and newspapers, both paper and digital versions.
  • Brilliant organisational & people skills.
  • Digital skills: Excel, Word, PowerPoint essential.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn Adobe Creative suite and CMS systems desirable.
  • The ability to meet deadlines and juggle tasks across the whole magazine.
  • Curiosity - and an enthusiasm for pitching ideas.

 

Our values are:

Precision Pace - Always owning and making things happen.

Empathy – Always aware of others.

Curiosity – Always asking why.

Collaboration – Always one team, the Saga team!

Package Description

The standard benefits when you join Saga Magazine include: 

  • Remote working available where possible

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays with the choice to buy a further 5 days annual leave per year 

  • Free private medical insurance after 1 years' service 

  • Workplace Pension 

  • AXA Be Supported 

  • A range of reductions and offers from leading retailers, travel groups and entertainment companies

About the Company

Having spent our first 30 years focused on travel, Saga launched Saga Magazine and developed home and motor insurance and financial services in the 1980s. Private medical and pet insurance followed in the 1990s, along with the launch of our own cruise ship operation. The strength of the Saga brand provides the Group with the ability to develop in-house or partner with suppliers to offer our customers and members highly differentiated, competitively priced products which meet their evolving needs.

Saga exists to help our customers and members lead the life they want to lead. To succeed in this, we know that the most important thing to do is to listen to our customers and members. At the heart of our business model is our drive to know more about our customers’ wants and needs so we are best placed to serve them.

Applying this approach over the past 70 years has enabled us to become the UK's specialist provider of products and services to people aged over 50 in the UK. The Saga brand has become one of the most recognised and trusted brands amongst UK consumers in this demographic and is recognised for its high quality products and exceptional standards of service. These include cruises and holidays, insurance, personal finance and the Saga Magazine.

When you join Saga you will see that we are committed to treating all employees fairly and to offering equal opportunities in all aspects of employment and advancement.

We value diversity not just because it is the right thing to do, but because diverse teams perform better. Creating a culture in which everyone feels welcome and offering equal opportunities in all aspects of employment and advancement is incredibly important to us. Fair consideration is given to applications from all applicants, including those with disabilities and those over who are over 50 as we are champions of age inclusivity.

We are an official Disability Confident Committed employer and ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible and we will make reasonable adjustments as required.

We are a member of the 30% Club and partner with Women Ahead which offers us a fantastic opportunity to take part in a leading, global, cross-company, leadership mentoring scheme to champion female talent.

We are a signatory of the Armed Services Covenant and have received a Silver Award from the Employer Recognition Scheme. 

 

 

To all recruitment agencies: Saga does not accept agency CVs unless specifically engaged on the role by the HR Recruitment Team. Please do not forward CVs to our recruiters, employees or any other company location. Saga is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs.

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