Job title: Sub editor
Salary: Competitive
Location: Field-based
Contract Type:  Temporary/fixed-term contract


We are looking for a Sub Editor to join our Content & Insight department on a temporary fixed-term contract, working full-time.

About the role

The Sub Editor is responsible for our editorial quality. They’ll also need to ensure that our products and processes run smoothly and to deadline. The role needs a keen eye for spelling, grammar, consistency and, equally, a love for making systems and processes run smoothly.

Key responsibilities:

  • Working with volunteers’ writers and contributors to polish their copy;
  • Striving for the best editorial quality through reading pieces critically, raising queries with writers / editors;
  • Checking and correcting articles for spelling, grammar, house-style and punctuation;
  • Ensuring there’s a regular and even flow of articles appearing on the BCS website;
  • Making sure ITNOW – BCS’ print magazine – arrives complete, finished and with the printers. This involves:
    • Sub editing articles;
    • Fixing copy so it complies with our style guide;
    • Cutting copy so it fits into InDesign grids / space requirements;
    • Producing and marking-up final PDFs and sending these to our printers (on time and with the correct technical settings).
  • Supporting the smooth running of ITNOW’s flatplan (central editorial plan for each issue);
  • Fix copy in Adobe InDesign;
  • Establish, manage and maintain day to day relationships with BCS members, writers, third party suppliers and collaborators;
  • Contribute to ensuring all content complies with libel laws, copyright and accessibility rules;
  • Continually looking at ways to make improvements to systems, processes and procedures;
  • Knowledge of the IT industry is a bonus but not essential;
  • All staff will live the BCS values and support our purpose;
  • Flexibility is required of all job holders to adjust responsibilities as required from time to time by their Line Manager/Divisional Director;
  • The content and reporting lines detailed in this job description may be reviewed and changed from time to time to reflect organisational requirements.

Who are we looking for?

Education and qualifications
  • Degree level education or equivalent.
  • Proven journalistic experience;
  • Proven sub-editing skills.
Competencies and skills
  • Solid level of skill with core Adobe CC packages: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign (training can be provided);
  • Excellent Microsoft office skills;
  • Sub-editing skills;
  • Very high attention to detail;
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Ability to build and maintain professional working relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines;
  • Ability to manage own schedule, workload and to achieve agreed objectives with the minimum of supervision;
  • Project management.
  • Sound knowledge of publishing and media software;
  • Adobe CC – InDesign (good working knowledge) and Photoshop (proficient);
  • Knowledge of the IT industry (not essential but a bonus).
Special conditions
  • Some UK travel will be required as well as some evening work.

BCS is dedicated to providing training and development to help all staff realise their potential, and also offer a generous benefit package.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT are committed to promoting equality at every opportunity as an employer. This statement and our policies are designed to ensure our recruitment and employment practices and procedures actively promote equality of opportunity and value diversity.

All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK upon application.

PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy may be removed before any listed closing date once a sufficient amount of applications have been received.

In the event that we receive a high number of applications for this vacancy, we may be unable to provide an individual response to every candidate, therefore if you haven’t heard back from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful on this occasion.

What BCS offers in return



Benefits and perks

From Day One (pre-probation)

  • 23 days holiday per year increasing to a maximum of 27 days with length of service.
  • A day off on or during the month of your birthday.
  • Up to 3 extra paid days off during shutdown between Christmas and New Year.
  • Free BCS membership giving you invaluable membership resources.
  • The Social Club – events and subsidised trips open to all employees.
  • Refer a Friend – If you ‘refer a friend’ for a role at BCS and they are successful, you would receive £750 after 6 months and further £750 after 12 months (conditions apply)
  • Life Insurance paid at four times base salary from day one.
  • Group Income Protection Insurance – an insurance which will pay a percentage of your salary for up to 3 years in the event of a long-term illness preventing you from working. This benefit is subject to a claim assessment and only payable if certain conditions are met.
  • BCS Stars – the internal recognition scheme based on the company values. Employees can be nominated across the business to earn points to spend on an online shopping platform.
  • EAP – Employee Assistance Programme (Counselling, financial and legal advice).

Post probation

  • Holiday buying scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • Health cash plan
How to apply

Please send your CV with a covering letter to