Describe a typical working day?
I work alongside the National Account Manager for Asda and Martin McColls and provide support to her in managing these accounts. So my days usually involve communicating with retail to secure promotional bookings, handling POS for future promos, ensuring retail have the correct barcode and price information for store scanning and signing off invoices. I also liaise daily with internal teams such as Newstrade Marketing to identify upcoming key issues and ensure all promotional space is booked correctly in our system; as well as liaising Copy Planning, Category Management and Finance. I also set up new magazine issues on our website called Mags Direct (where you can buy single copies delivered direct to your door in the post!) and send out the occasional social media post to promote these. All of this plus plenty of giggles, gossip and calorific treats with my team and a wander around the delight which is Peterborough at lunchtime!
What’s the highlight of your job so far?
I’ve only been here 8 months, so my overall highlight so far is starting at Frontline and meeting my team for the first time. It’s always daunting being the new kid on the block, but everyone was so lovely and welcoming and I really feel like I’ve made some great friends here already.
Describe what it’s like to work at Frontline/What do you enjoy most about working at Frontline?
Frontline is a lovely place to work with friendly, passionate and approachable staff and there’s a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere throughout. Each team plays a different role in the magazine distribution chain, but I love that when there’s something like a new launch to turn around on a tight deadline, all departments pull together to achieve the ultimate end goal.
How did you get your job/how did you find out about your job?
I was working at one of the partners, Bauer Media, but after being there for 4 and half years I felt it was time for a change. My colleagues who work across Frontline and Bauer brought my attention to the vacant position here and advised it’s a really great place to work. I can confirm that it is and I’m so pleased I made the move, I haven’t looked back since!
Why did you join Frontline?
I was ready for a new challenge, yet still within the magazine industry and Frontline was highly recommend to me. I felt I’d be a good fit for the role advertised and had extremely positive vibes when I came for my interview, so I snatched the opportunity with both hands.
What’s the first magazine you bought and why?
All those years ago, the first magazine I bought was Girl Talk. They used to do a small Spice Girls cartoon/comic strip section and being the obsessive Spice Girls fan that I was, I loved it!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be some sort of Crime Scene Investigator, but I soon realised I’m too faint at the sight of blood, so it’s probably not the job for me!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy spending quality time with friends over a gin or a competitive games night, lounging on my sofa watching all sorts of reality TV (mainly the Kardashians!) and crime programmes, going to the gym (well I go, but not sure if I actually enjoy it!), watching football, shopping for clothes/nick nacks for the house and going on lovely holidays.
What’s your favourite Frontline memory?
I’m still relatively new to the business so I still have plenty of memories to make, but I’d say that so far my favourite memory is winning a team trophy at the Frontline Quiz Night…albeit it was for coming last…but a trophy is a trophy, right?