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By Aimee Whittle and Sheridan Pena

Editorial Assistant/Assistant Editor – Boydell & Brewer

Closing Date: 31 October

Salary: £20,000 – £21,000

Location: Suffolk

Boydell & Brewer is seeking to appoint an Editorial Assistant/Assistant Editor (depending on experience).

You will be supporting new content commissioning and acquisitions on the Medieval Studies list, reporting to and working closely with the editorial director. Duties include being the primary point of contact for correspondence and liaison with authors, supporting the editorial director in keeping the publishing programme on schedule through close project management, liaison with authors, timely updating of project tracking platforms, preparing manuscripts for handover to the pre-press department in line with required standards and much more.

The ideal candidate will be an individual who is enthusiastic, highly organised, able to work to deadlines, able to manage multiple projects, and will be someone who enjoys being part of a small, busy team. For more information and to apply, click here.

Administrative Assistant – Oxford University Press

Closing Date: 26 October

Salary: £22,500

Location: Oxford

Oxford University Press has put a call out for six Administrative Assistants to join their Research Editorial department. Two of the positions will work with the content development, editorial operations, and reference teams while the other four positions will be assigned to the content strategy and acquisition teams.

Both teams are looking for individuals who are familiar with word-processing and spreadsheet software along with the ability to quickly learn new systems as needed. Additionally, a successful candidate must display exceptional organisational, research and project management skills. Possessing a good deal of initiative along with superb time management will aid you in this role.

Each administrative assistant would be tasked with helping to manage the tremendous amount of data circulating within the press. Maintaining the shared data-management resources, overseeing the organisation and clean-up of these systems, preparing reports for departmental distribution, gathering data from within and outside the organisation and handling project inboxes are just a few of the responsibilities assigned to an OUP Administrative Assistant. Other general duties include meeting scheduling, technology troubleshooting and assisting with the authors.For more information and to apply, click here.


Academic Editorial Apprentice – Bloomsbury

Closing Date: 28 October

Salary: £21,000

Location: London

Ever thought of academic publishing? Look no further – the Bloomsbury Academic Editorial team are searching for an Academic Editorial Apprentice!

You will provide the team with general administrative support for various elements of the editorial process, assisting the Bloomsbury History, Philosophy, Education and Linguistics Academic editorial team on books and digital products. Liaising with authors, customers and other departments such as marketing, production and digital are just some of the tasks available with this exciting opportunity.

The ideal candidate will be highly organised with the ability to multitask, combined with the ability to prioritise appropriately, excellent Microsoft Office, Word and Excel skills, as well as an interest in academic publishing. To find out more, click here!

Editorial Assistant Apprentice – Bloomsbury

Closing Date: 28 October

Salary: £21,000

Location: London

If theatre studies, The Arden Shakespeare, literary studies and classics are more your style, then worry not! Bloomsbury is on the lookout for an Editorial Assistant Apprentice to join their academic division. This is a great opportunity to learn about the workings of a busy editorial department and acquire relevant skills first-hand.

Some key responsibilities include preparing, sending out and returning contracts, assessing book proposals and sending emails/letters of acknowledgement and rejection, sending out copies of published books, carrying out manuscript checks ahead of handover to production, helping with the peer review process and much more!

You will need exceptional attention to detail and command of English spelling and grammar, as well as flexibility and the ability to work independently. Good time management, being able to meet deadlines and prioritise effectively and being calm to solve problems under pressure will help you in this occupation. Competency in using Microsoft Office, Word and Excel are desirable, as is prior office work as evidence of the above experience. Find out more here!

Publishing Assistant Apprentice (Academic Marketing) – Bloomsbury

Closing Date: 3 November

Salary: £21,000

Location: London

For those interested in the marketing and publicity side of publishing, check out the Publishing Assistant Apprenticeship at Bloomsbury’s academic division in their marketing department.

In this role, you would be helping with Bloomsbury’s online presence through the maintenance of their website and creation of social media posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Widening Bloomsbury’s network by creating email campaigns and building contact lists are also included within the list of duties for this position, along with general office management, such as organising the storerooms and overseeing book returns. If you are interested, click here for more information and to apply.


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