Managing Editor, Software & Security (PCMag)

Editorial New York, New York


Position at Consumer Tech

Job Title: Managing Editor, Software & Security (PCMag)
Department: PCMag Editorial 


About Us:
For more than 40 years, PCMag has been the leading authority on technology, delivering lab-based, independent reviews of the latest products and services. Our expert analysis and practical solutions help our audience make better buying decisions and get more from technology. Our team is dedicated to excellence, independence, and trust, which ensure that we always deliver high-quality journalism. 


Job Summary: 
PCMag is seeking a skilled and dynamic managing editor to help drive and expand our software and security coverage. We’re looking for an experienced leader to manage a team of staff writers, editors, and contributors covering one of our most important product categories, security, including antivirus, security suites, password managers, VPNs, and more. You'll also oversee coverage of PC and mobile operating systems, video/photo/audio editing, productivity, tax/personal finance apps, and other software.
You'll manage software and security content across reviews, roundups, help and how-to pieces, news, and more,  strategizing with our audience development team, analyzing article performance, identifying new story opportunities, and steering writers accordingly. 
The ideal candidate is passionate about technology, has extensive security coverage experience, and is a strong, performance-driven editor with well-established team management skills. This role will report to the executive editor of reviews. 
Job Duties:
  • Lead a team of writers, editors, and freelancers to cover a host of software and security services core to PCMag’s mission.
  • Mentor and coach writers and editors by providing continual feedback and encouraging professional development.
  • Assign and edit authoritative reviews, news, roundups, buying guides, how-to pieces, and other product-focused content.
  • Edit several stories daily.
  • Identify new story opportunities using data and audience analytics.
  • Determine the right mix of coverage and use SEO tools to ensure that your stories achieve the highest visibility possible.
  • Work with editors and writers to assess current testing processes and optimize them as necessary.
  • Manage content hubs and write newsletters.
  • Actively pitch your work for home page, social media, and video promotion.
  • Help drive our daily staff-wide editorial meeting.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key vendors in coverage areas, ensuring early access to new products. (Bonus points if you already have those relationships.)
  • Work with the art, product, social media, and video teams to improve our editorial processes.
  • Occasionally appear in videos for product reviews and other content related to the beats you manage.
Job Qualifications:
  • At least 5 years of top-level editing experience at a major tech publication.
  • At least 5 years of experience managing and mentoring writers and editors.
  • Expansive knowledge across a range of software categories including: Antivirus, encryption software, operating systems, parental controls, password managers, security suites, VPNs, and much more. 
  • Experience with hands-on reviews, comparing products, and offering expert buying advice.
  • Intimate knowledge of grammar and style, and a quick ability to make rough copy shine.
  • Proven headline writing and story packaging chops.
  • You should have forward-thinking ideas about how to help our audience buy and use technology, along with a plan to turn those ideas into impactful stories.
  • An intimate understanding of SEO and familiarity with popular search optimization tools, but you also understand how to package a story to engage and delight your audience.
  • You have a proven track record with project and deadline management, plus demonstrated experience building and nurturing strong relationships and working effectively across teams. 
  • You should be comfortable using a CMS as well as image editing and data visualization programs.
  • You have a strong work ethic, a quick wit, and a sense of humor
  • We are a hybrid workplace. We have offices in New York City and are willing to accept applications from both local and remote candidates, but you must be able to work our core hours of 9AM-5PM ET weekdays.
Our Culture and Values:
Every day, our brands reach millions of individuals across the internet. Through our content, tools, and perspectives, we ignite curiosity, nurture knowledge, and guide purchase decisions that empower the tech-driven lives of today. Our success in this endeavor is a direct reflection of our team members who embody qualities of curiosity, knowledge, and an unwavering passion for technology, products, culture, and the world at large.
Collectively, we firmly believe that our diverse identities and experiences are our greatest assets. We wholeheartedly embrace our individuality and actively champion the multitude of perspectives present within our global teams. We labor with a clear sense of purpose to ensure consistent and predictable outcomes. We are proactive in adapting to the ever-evolving tech landscape, staying attuned to trends and insights that secure our relevance in both the present and future.
Our results are born from the accountability we uphold for ourselves and our teams. Integrity is the bedrock of everything we do, extending to our content, solutions, communications, data, and insights, serving all our stakeholders with the highest standards of honesty and transparency.
Our Benefits: 
  • Competitive salaries
  • Company-sponsored medical, dental, and vision insurance (including domestic partner coverage) + pet insurance
  • Flexible Vacation / Paid Time Off
  • Charitable Giving Programs that include Paid Time Off to volunteer and donation matches
  • Family Planning Programs like MAVEN Fertility Concierge
  • Paid Parental Leave (up to 16 weeks)
  • 401K savings plan with employer match 
  • Employee stock purchase program (ESPP)
  • Wellness Programs: Gym reimbursement, Lose It! and Calm subscriptions
  • Hybrid, Remote, and Flexible work arrangements
  • Diverse and inclusive employee resource groups where you can collaborate with teams across the company while making an impact in the areas that most excite you!
Ziff Davis is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
*Applications will not be accepted without a cover letter. Please tell us what makes you the right candidate for this role.
Note: Disclosure as required by NYCHRL, the base salary range for this role when being performed in the City of New York is $100,000-$110,000.  Compensation for this business unit specific role is based on a variety of factors including experience, scope of the role, capabilities to perform the role, as well as business & company performance.