Staff interview at Frontline Magazine Distribution

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.