Laurence Hoefling

Laurence Hoefling

Describe a typical working day?

The no.1 job of the day is to assess if any cash needs moving from or to our global treasury funds.  These funds offer a higher interest rate than our business current account so I try to keep as much excess cash there as possible.

I’m the primary contact for Bauer finance (Germany), so upon request I give them breakdowns of current cash balances, headcount and financial accounts data for Frontline, Seymour Distribution and Seymour International.

It’s also my job to oversee the management accounts processes in Finance.  These tasks range from the Sterling invoice run to making sure we comply with all legal requirements e.g. VAT payments.

What’s the highlight of your job so far?

It has to be getting an unqualified audit report from Grant Thornton (a clean audit) for our 2012 Frontline accounts. This was the first year I had complete control of the audit process.

Describe what it’s like to work at Frontline/ What do you enjoy most about working at Frontline?

As we are owned by 4 different publishers they often want different things, so it can be quite challenging to meet all their expectations.  However, it does mean there is always some kind of project to be involved in, which leaves no excuses for being bored at work.

How did you get your job/how did you find out about your job?

I started my Frontline career working for Seymour Distribution in Returns, then I moved to Seymour International as the Overseas Credit Controller.  Eventually I’ve ended up in the Frontline Finance team, initially as the Assistant Accountant and now as the Financial Accountant.

Why did you join Frontline?

Frontline seemed to be the most interesting company who offered me a job, I was really impressed that, back then, I would get Emap shares as part of my remuneration package.

What’s the first magazine you bought and why?

FHM, more than likely for the pictures….. I mean the game reviews.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to do something which earned me lots of money.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Going on holiday has to be at the top of the list, quite a few people around the office call me ‘Judith Chalmers’.  Don’t know why though, I only had 5 holidays last year.

What’s your favourite Frontline memory?

Going on holiday with a few other Frontliner’s.  We try and go away for a weekend every year and have managed to go to Prague, Berlin and Brussels to so far.

Favourite quote from our travels –

Paul – ‘How long did you stay at the bar for after we went at 2am?’

Bill – ‘Don’t know, I just left when I ran out of money’

Jacky De-Boo

Jacky De-Boo

Describe a typical working day?

Although my role can be varied there are certain core functions that are process and deadline driven, so I feel very fortunate to have a balance of both.  I am responsible for payroll and act as an interface with Frontline’s external payroll providers; this includes maintaining the HR data system to ensure we hold accurate management information. Providing advice and guidance on Frontline’s policies and procedures enables me to get to know everyone.  Adding to this variety, I undertake the support work to deliver our L&D initiatives and managers with recruitment requirements.

What’s the highlight of your job so far?

Not a specific highlight but I enjoy supporting/helping people, so the role of HR Advisor suits me perfectly!  I value the position of trust which I hold within Frontline.

Describe what it’s like to work at Frontline/What do you enjoy most about working at Frontline?

The people and Frontline’s unique culture, plus the variation my role brings.

How did you get your job/how did you find out about your job?

My very good friend who has been with Frontline for more than 20 years made me aware of the vacancy and she thought I would love the role and the company!

Why did you join Frontline?

Because 15 years ago I was told by my friend that it was a great place to work and I’m happy to report it is!

What’s the first magazine you bought and why?

A magazine called ‘Jackie’.  It was full of pop gossip, girly makeup/fashion and soppy love stories. A must have for any impressionable girlie teenager!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Rich and famous, neither of which I’ve achieved!

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I enjoy socialising, eating and drinking out as cooking is not my forte!  Also I love my garden when the weather allows and enjoy plenty of sunshine holidays to compensate for our British weather!

What’s your favourite Frontline memory?

There have been many over the years but preparing and putting together a HR video for the Town meeting where I played the part of ‘Patsy’ from ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ springs to mind! It was a great laugh and a very fond memory.

Gavin Hyde

Gavin Hyde

Describe a typical working day?

My role within Frontline as a Category Manager means that my days are never the same from one to the next.  When I come into the office I grab a coffee and review my diary and list of current on-going work.  Our business is fast paced and as such there is a lot of cross department interaction throughout the day, whether at someone’s desk or as part of a larger meeting.  My department works very closely together which is one of the many things I enjoy about working for Frontline.  We are always firing questions to each other about magazines and working closely to ensure that as a team, we get the right results.  On any given day I could have my head down analysing numbers, giving a presentation to our management team, deriving insight on the magazine category or meeting with our partners to talk through performance.  One thing is for sure, my job is never dull and that’s the way I like it!

 What’s the highlight of your job so far?

The knowledge I have been able to glean from all avenues of the magazine business and the continued opportunity to extend my experience within the business.

Describe what it’s like to work at Frontline.

Frontline is a fast paced business, reacting quickly to market movements and competitor activity.  The environment that is created here is one that I embrace and enjoy being a part of.  We all work hard for each other and together enjoy the rewards that success brings.  There is a genuine “Team” ethos within Frontline that is encouraged by our management team and embraced by all who work at Frontline.

What do you enjoy most about working at Frontline?

Everyone that works at Frontline is approachable and eager to achieve the same goal………….Success !

How did you get your job/how did you find out about your job?

My sister had worked at Frontline for 8 years and had always described it as a great business to work for.  When an opportunity arrived to apply for a job here, I jumped at it.

Why did you join Frontline?

After hearing all the benefits of working for Frontline from my sister I joined at the first opportunity.

What’s the first magazine you bought and why?

EMPIRE – Because I love movies and it has the best content.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Famous songwriter, singer.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I love to sing, write and record music and pretty much any sport going!

What’s your favourite Frontline memory?

Summer BBQ 2 weeks before my official start date.  I was invited to meet up with all the staff and start getting to know people at the annual summer bbq which I thought was a great touch.

Janine Walsham

Janine Walsham

Describe a typical working day?

My job involves the management of the day-to-day relationship with Morrisons, one of our biggest Retailers. Predominantly, I work with Morrisons to ensure that the sales of our magazines are optimised through their stores, be it through innovative and creative promotions or simply range and display. On a daily basis, I will work with the Morrisons Magazine Buyer to ensure that he is kept fully abreast of all performance measures, and also continually look for opportunities to help support the growth of our titles. I also frequently liaise with the Partners to ensure that they are fully aware of their titles’ performance in Morrisons and present ideas for promotional activity that will further strengthen the position of their magazines in this Retailer.

What’s the highlight of your job so far?

From a personal perspective, winning Frontliner of the Year in 2012, an accolade awarded to me by my colleagues. From a job perspective, landing an innovative promotion with Jacobs Biscuits, which saw magazines being displayed in the Biscuit aisle in Morrisons, in support of a cross-category promotion. This is the first time a promotion of this nature has ever been run in the Retailer and the resultant uplift in sales was fantastic!

Describe what it’s like to work at Frontline.

Frontline is a fun, vibrant place to work. The Senior management team are all extremely approachable and engaging, which filters down to all other staff. There is very much a ‘can do’ attitude in the business, and staff are encouraged to come forward with new ideas and suggestions on how we can drive the business forward. It is a very open and honest environment and as such, everyone feels valued and appreciated.

What do you enjoy most about working at Frontline?

The variety of the role and the people that I work with.

How did you get your job/how did you find out about your job?

A friend who was working with Frontline at the time recommended the company.

What’s the first magazine you bought and why?

Patches – a teen magazine, because it featured all the favourite pop artists and film stars of the time.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A police officer!

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I enjoy coaching netball, going to the gym, hill walking and socialising with family and friends.

What’s your favourite Frontline memory?

Completing the 3 Peaks Challenge with a number of my Frontline colleagues in 1999!

Will Cook

Will Cook

Describe a typical working day?

Make a cup of tea and sort out a list of tasks in priority order whilst waiting for Title Forecasting to finish running.

Check through the exception report generated by Title Forecasting. This involves looking at epos sales to date and comparing them to previous issues for a selection of magazines to try and forecast the final sale for the any issues currently on sale. We currently forecast for about 400 titles each day, but only double check any outliers and large titles such as the Radio Times, Heat or Closer.

Then I publish the forecasts for the day and answer any queries.

Finish the morning carrying out any ad hoc bits of analysis that have come through such as picking a region of the country to conduct a supply test or price test or looking at the return on investment of a promotion or attending any meetings that require some analytical input.

Pop into town to get some lunch and have a wonder around with the team and then head back to the kitchen to eat.

Carry on working down the priority list finishing off any ad hoc work that needs doing, or tackling project work. Requests regularly come in that require an immediate turn around, which is always good for keeping you on your toes. Project work can vary widely (anywhere from tracking market performance at a title and sub category level to creating or improving business processes) but generally involves a combination of pulling and formatting data using sas or sql, bouncing logic off other team members (or checking their logic if required) and working on outputs in excel.  The idea being that once a process has been created and signed off it can be updated with minimal (or no) human intervention.

What’s the highlight of your job so far?

As it’s quite a big team, there’s always someone bringing in birthday cake or holiday sweets year round.

Describe what it’s like to work at Frontline.

It’s a nice friendly environment where people are more than happy to help. The open plan office helps everyone to get to know everyone and the various different departments and roles with ease.

What do you enjoy most about working at Frontline?

I like the adult manner in which I can leave slightly early if I need to and make the time up the same day or another day that week. Likewise, if I need to stay late to get something finished I can leave a little earlier the next day.

How did you get your job/how did you find out about your job?

I used to work at Frontline after my A-Levels, and heard from old colleagues that there was a job in the area I wanted to go in to when I left university.

Why did you join Frontline?

I already knew a little bit about the industry and some of the employees, so it wasn’t a completely new start and I needed a job.

What’s the first magazine you bought and why?

Empire – I wanted to read the reviews of the latest films.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Marine Biologist

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Sailing, windsurfing, skiing, playing hockey, going to the pub (particularly after doing one of the previously mentioned activities).

What’s your favourite Frontline memory?

Getting the fastest lap at a company go karting session for charity a couple of years ago.