Gestalten

Editor Mobility (full-time)

Based: Berlin
Level: Senior, Mid-Weight
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract: Full Time
Applications Close: 28 November 2018
Website: gestalten.com
Twitter: @gestaltenNews
Job Listing Added: 30 October 2018

Founded in Berlin in 1995, gestalten’s story began as a publisher with a focus on aesthetic, particularly that of graphic design. Over the last two decades, the scope of both our content and our expertise has widened. From tattoos to travel, from food to floating homes, from logos to lowriders, gestalten creates inspirational content – be it between the pages of our more than 600 books published to date or through our digital platforms.


We are currently looking for an experienced Editor with a focus on mobility. Working closely with publishers, external contributing editors and authors, you will be involved in all aspects of the book creation, from the early stages of research and conception through to hand-over to production. This will include assessing texts and images, editing, managing budgets, and schedules, as well as supervising external stakeholders. You will also liaise extensively with gestalten’s internal team of project managers, picture researchers, graphic designers, and production.
You must have solid experience in journalism or publishing, a dedication to excellence and accuracy, and a talent for building sustainable relationships with authors and freelancers. A demonstrable knowledge of and passion for wheels culture and good connections to the mobility industry and community are essential.


Your key responsibilities:
• You source topics, projects, people, identify trends and opportunities and develop book ideas
• You solicit, acquire and edit books for publication
• You develop and maintain relationships with partners and contributors
• You negotiate contracts, create briefings for writers, picture researchers or graphic designers
• Needless to say, you will also turn out lively, immaculate copy, handle all line and copy editing
and check facts
• You work with the teams in sales, marketing, and communications to help publish and promote
our list both in stores and in the media and help develop content for our digital platforms
• You act as a representative for media outreach and public events


Your profile:
• Minimum 5 years experience editorial for automotive journalism or relevant editing and
acquisition experience at a lifestyle publisher
• A thorough knowledge of all things wheels, the automotive industry, and affinity with lifestyle
subjects
• Sound editorial judgment, with an eye for visuals as well as a written narrative
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills (English or German)
• Clear, concise briefing skills so that reporters can confidently deliver good stories
• Strong fact checking and critical thinking skills, proficiency in structuring stories with an
ability to spot any holes in them
• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate with authors and agents
• Organized, efficient and conscientious, with strong attention to detail
• Ability to collaboratively work with professionals and amateurs in different languages and cultural contexts
• Knowledge of publishing contracts, budgets, and workflows
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel


We offer:
• An interesting and challenging job opportunity in a growing international company
• An open and collegial working atmosphere in an office right in the heart of Berlin-Kreuzberg
• The opportunity to travel to events/conferences/exhibitions/trade shows to meet with
partners and communities
• A fair and competitive salary

How to Apply

Your application should include:
• A cover letter, telling us about your interest, experience and network, stating your salary
requirements and your earliest possible starting date
• Your CV
• Up to 3 work samples of your work as a journalist or editor (PDFs or links to your online portfolio)
• Two theme ideas: The first one should be for a book project you’d be able to realize with your current network and the second one for a format that could appear regularly in one of our digital channels. Do you love petrol and pedals, two wheels or four?
Then send your application to [email protected], using the reference line “STAFFx Editor Mobility”. We’re looking forward to hearing from you,
the gestalten team