Red, Art Editor

London (Central)
19 Apr 2017
19 May 2017
Job Type
Full Time


  • This role is responsible for art-editing and designing layouts across print and digital aspects of the brand. 
  • To deputise for the Creative Director in their absence. 
  • This role reports to the Creative Director. 
  • The Art Editor will also offer support to the Art team of Cosmopolitan on some occasions via the production hub. 


  • Discuss visual ideas with the Creative Director and the departments concerned. When requested brief illustrators, stylists and photographers. 
  • Attend photo shoots when requested by the Creative Director. 
  • Translate the words and ideas of the departments (Features, Fashion, etc.) into suitable layouts, liaising closely with the relevant department heads.  
  • View the portfolios of artists and illustrators regularly and make recommendations to the Creative Director. 
  • Work with the Photography Director to be aware of the editorial budgets laid down for the magazine’s photo expenditure. 
  • Work closely with the editorial and production staff, especially the Workflow Director and Chief Sub-Editor, to ensure that work flows efficiently and on time. When the Creative Director isn’t there – making decisions on layouts and making sure the workflow is kept to deadline. 
  • Be aware of the production schedule for the magazine’s editorial pages. 
  • Ensure work is allocated to each member of the design team and is finished to schedule in the absence of the Creative Director. 
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of the print process from layout to reproduction, printing and binding. 
  • Be able to colour-correct all proofs, ensuring the high overall quality of reproduction is maintained. 
  • Remain fully involved with and have knowledge of all aspects of pre-press; namely: 
  • Colour management, including changing and enhancing colour for press 
  • Image manipulation 
  • Cut-outs including sending cut outs to external company 
  • Mark up complex retouching work for in-house pre media team, ensuring work is done to schedule. 
  • Maintain and improve the high standard of design in the magazine, and look for fresh ideas and solutions. 
  • Design magazine-related projects and brand extensions as decided by the Creative Director. 
  • Assist the Creative Director as and when requested. 
  • Manage and mentor junior members of the Art team to develop their full potential. 
  • Run the Red Instagram along with the rest of the art team. 
  • Create in-house illustrations as required by the Creative Director.


  • Demonstrable experience working within a similar role for a magazine brand. 
  • Digital design experience and ability to adapt to new technology as required. 
  • Experience commissioning illustrations. 
  • Experience art directing photography. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Experience managing a team. 
  • Excellent and continually developed knowledge of magazine design, typography, photography and illustration. 
  • Excellent understanding of working within a team and transpiring vision and implementing and developing concepts. 
  • Proven experience using initiative and making design decisions. 
  • Passion, enthusiasm and an endless supply of new ideas. 
  • Ability to assist the Creative Director in day to day team management. 
  • Maintain a professional attitude to work, setting a good example to junior members of the team by ensuring punctuality, approaching tasks with enthusiasm and purpose and taking on all tasks willingly. 

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