By Matthew Magain

SitePoint Is Looking For A New Managing Editor

By Matthew Magain

I haven’t done any research on the matter, but I’m betting that one of the most common phrases used when advertising for a job is “once in a lifetime position”.

Describing the role currently available at SitePoint without using those exact words is going to be difficult, but I’ll give it my best shot.

When Simon Mackie chose to move from England to take up the role of Managing Editor of our print publishing team here at SitePoint, he committed to staying for 18 months. Five years later, he’s decided to finally move back home to be closer to his family, which means that we have a key role to fill.

Simon’s departure is somebody else’s gain.

If you (or someone you know) have strong project management skills, experience in leading a team, and a passion for the Web, then we’d love you to get in touch.

This really is a unique role. It’s exciting, varied and challenging. Coming up with ideas for new titles; commissioning authors; managing the publishing process (and the awesome team involved in producing our products) — these are all part of this position. The right person will probably have some technical knowledge (you might even own one or two of our books) but doesn’t need to be a hardcore code monkey by any means — just a good communicator who is passionate about the Web and can manage a project to a deadline.

The position is not one that can be performed remotely, so you’d need to either be living in Melbourne, Australia, or be prepared to move here. The fact that Simon stuck around for much longer than he intended is a tribute both to the role and to what it’s like to work at SitePoint. It’s certainly an exciting time to come on board.

Read more about the position and what it’s like to work at SitePoint. And if you think you’d be a good fit, apply for this job online.

  • As Matty pointed out, I was originally supposed to be in the role for 18 months before heading back to England. The main reason behind me sticking around for so much longer is that I’ve really enjoyed my time at SitePoint – it’s a fantastic company to work for and a very rewarding role.

    If you’re passionate about the Web, this is a fantastic opportunity – the books that we publish here have an impact on web developers worldwide.

  • Whoever gets the job, they’ll have big shoes to fill. It was a delight to work with you on The Ultimate CSS Reference, Simon. I’m sorry to see you go, but I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

  • Sojan80

    Great Job Simon and good luck on your other endeavors.

    As a side note, I can’t be the only one who noticed this, but if you read the full description for Managing Editor (, the title element for the page, the legend in the fieldset that holds the position description, and breadcrumb links say Web Developer / Database Guru. Um, shouldn’t those all say Managing Editor?

  • Good luck Simon! I wish I could replace you :)

  • Wow, that’s a shock! Is Simon staying until a replacement is hired?

  • @Sojan80: Thanks, typo fixed.

    @Dan Grossman: Because Simon was so professional and gave us plenty of notice, we have some time up our sleeve to find the right person.

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