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Managing Editor
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Managing Editor

About Toptal

Toptal is a global network of top freelance talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on-demand. With $200+ million in annual revenue and over 40% year-over-year growth, Toptal is the world’s largest fully remote company.

We take the best elements of virtual teams and combine them with a support structure that encourages innovation, social interaction, and fun. We see no borders, move at a fast pace, and are never afraid to break the mold.

Position Description

As Toptal’s Managing Editor, you will be responsible for managing a large team and their workflows across the Toptal blogs and scaling these world-class publications as we grow.

You will maintain high editorial quality standards across these publications, ensuring that every single article published is A+ and something of which we are extremely proud. You will work closely with the Publications leadership team to execute the strategic and creative direction of the blogs. You will also work to build new publications from the ground up and scale them.

This is a remote position that can be done from anywhere. Due to the remote nature of this role, we are unable to provide visa sponsorship. Resumes and communication must be submitted in English.

Responsibilities:

You will champion Toptal’s blogs and work directly with the team to implement the Publications team strategy. Moreover, you will ensure that every single article published has an overwhelmingly compelling reason that pertains to establishing Toptal as an expert for our target audiences.

You will work directly with a team of editors across the publication cycle, to support a target publishing cadence. You will also work with the Lead Editors of each Toptal publication to build, refine, and scale the editorial processes necessary to support the conception and execution of a consistent pipeline while pushing the boundaries of creativity and distribution. In order to stay on the cutting edge, you will actively stay on top of relevant news and rising trends in remote and hybrid work, software engineering, design, finance, staffing, and product and project management and incorporate these events into the creative direction of Toptal publications in a timely and strategic manner. You will work cross-functionally with teams not limited to Design, Communications, and Social to enable Toptal to establish our expertise while supporting our talent and client bases.

You will work to analyze the performance of historic and newly published articles across key metrics and use these insights to guide future creative direction. Additionally, you will work with our SEO and Distribution Managers to tailor our efforts to continuously scale the impact of our team, by growing our large readership of smart, educated, and driven individuals.

In the first week, expect to:

  • Onboard and integrate into Toptal.
  • Meet with the Publications leadership team.
  • Understand the fundamentals of Toptal, its Publications team, and what sets us apart.
  • Onboard onto the Publications team by working closely with the suite of resources available to you.
  • Gain a deep understanding of the roles and priorities of the team and key stakeholders.

In the first month, expect to:

  • Work with Editors across the blogs to deeply understand what an A+ Toptal article looks like and establish processes for ensuring top-quality articles.
  • Work with Lead Editors to understand and optimize the audience and publishing process for each publication.
  • Work with the team to analyze and understand the function’s key KPIs, along with how these are monitored and impacted.
  • Integrate yourself into the Marketing team.
  • Start making assignments to Writers and Editors and be one of the last sets of eyes on stories that get published.

In the first three months, expect to:

  • Stay on the cutting-edge of industry trends, publish analysis on important developments, and provide intelligence to the Toptal team by reviewing relevant articles published by competitors and media outlets in the space.
  • Provide feedback to your team to continually raise the bar on article quality.
  • Suggest improvements to processes to maximize publishing efforts.
  • Create and maintain a robust editorial calendar for the vertical publications.

In the first six months, expect to:

  • Be fully immersed and familiar with all Toptal processes and tools.
  • Scale by onboarding additional Editors to build up the cadence and visibility of the blogs.
  • Implement plans to deepen and expand the team’s strengths.
  • Fine-tune the proportion of stories we publish that are timely and SEO-driven.

In the first year, expect to:

  • Run and continuously scale full-fledged publications, consistently working to improve the quality and impact of each publication.
  • Scale both the team and work output.

Requirements:

  • You must have an outstanding eye for quality and an absolute unwillingness to compromise on your standards for an A+ article.
  • Experience in a writing or research setting is a must.
  • Experience with hiring, managing, leading, and inspiring teams to create a collaborative culture, set the bar around expectations, and drive continuous creativity and innovative thinking is mandatory.
  • Experience in scaling operations in a rapidly evolving environment.
  • A background as an editor at a top publication is preferred. Examples include McKinsey Quarterly, Bloomberg, or The Wall Street Journal.
  • Experience with the tech industry is preferred.
  • You must be an excellent leader with an exceptional ability to explain complex concepts clearly while dealing with multiple projects and priorities.
  • You must be exceptionally creative, with a strong knack for creating clever, compelling material for an intelligent audience.
  • You must have the ability to clearly understand and communicate how subpar work should be improved.
  • You must be a relentless, creative problem solver.
  • While a technical background is not required, you must be able to work with data and quantitative approaches for decision making.
  • You must be open to receiving feedback and constructive criticism.
  • You must be a world-class individual contributor to thrive at Toptal. You will not be here just to tell other people what to do.
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Who You Will Work With

Michelle Labbe

Michelle Labbe

Chief People Officer

As Toptal's Chief People Officer, Michelle is accountable for our People and Recruiting teams, creating and maintaining a world-class experience for all Toptal team members through hiring, developing, and retaining our top talent. Previously, she served as Chief People Officer at ICR. Her 20+ year career has included senior Talent leadership roles across both the startup and agency world, spanning multiple industries. Michelle has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Arizona.

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