03 January 2011

Job Opening: Senior Copy Editor for Cooks (Williams-Sonoma, Inc., California)

Post date: 03 January 2011
Job Description:

Manage the production, writing and editing of all copy for the Williams-Sonoma Catalog for Cooks and other special Williams-Sonoma copy projects as assigned.


§ Oversee the development of product copy, editorial copy, headlines and cover messaging for each monthly issue of the Williams-Sonoma Catalog for Cooks, including special 52-page retail, prospect/internet and affinity versions.

§ Supervise team of freelance writers, assigning product and editorial copy as needed and serving as their primary contact at Williams-Sonoma for all copy issues.

§ Establish copy needs for each seasonal catalog cycle, develop writers’ list and conduct copy meetings with merchants, ensuring that catalog themes, product information and copy points are clearly communicated to freelance writers.

§ In collaboration with senior merchants and test kitchen, develop monthly editorial themes to convey through general content blocks, techniques, tips and recipes.

§ Edit all copy (product copy and editorial copy) for the catalog through each step of the production schedule, from internal editing and confirming and final proofs through bluelines and final film, incorporating revisions from the merchants, product information team and proofreader through each phase.

§ Write product copy, techniques, tips and headlines as needed for each monthly catalog.

§ Collaborate with Creative Services production team to meet all product deadlines while ensuring that copy meets the changing needs of spread designs and format, cutting, expanding and rewriting copy as needed to work within the approved designs.

§ Partner with production manager to plan daily and weekly editing needs, in order to plan for freelance back up editing as needed.

§ Partner with Retail and Internet editorial teams to ensure consistent voice, as well as allow for ultimate efficiency for cross-channel products.

§ Run Content meeting for all editorial content, including front cover messaging and index.

§ Maintain the highest editorial standards for all copy and ensure that it conforms to both the Williams-Sonoma style guide and the historic Williams-Sonoma brand voice.

Edit and write for special projects, including marketing copy, e-commerce copy and advertising copy, as needed.

Requirements/ Qualifications:

§ 4-year Bachelors degree

§ Strong editorial skills and minimum 7 years editorial experience

§ Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style and AP style

§ Ability to manage multiple projects and work proactively to meet extremely tight production deadlines

§ Comfortable in extremely fast-paced environment. Must be self-starter.

§ Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail

§ Prior experience in cookbook/food writing

§ Proficiency with Macintosh operating system, Microsoft Word and Indesign.

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

Apply here.
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