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By Jessica Povey, Richa Jain

Outsourced Services Lead at Oxford University Press 

Closing Date: 15 April 2024

Salary: £27,500 per annum

Location: Oxford 

Are you thinking of a career in academic publishing? Oxford University Press is looking for two Outsourced Services Leads to work within its publishing and content operations.


As part of the Outsourced Services team, you will be responsible for sourcing and contracting all third-party content creation and delivery services. You will need to ensure that all contracting activity is completed in line with OUP’s policies and governance guidelines, including onboarding; they undertake all aspects of contracting, lead on price negotiation, seek budget approvals and address supplier performance issues. In short, you will ensure that all external resourcing requirements are met.  

To be successful, you will need excellent communication skills and a positive attitude, as you will be responsible for the supplier relationship during any outsourcing activity from initial engagement through to final delivery and final invoice. As this is a busy and varied workload, the ability to prioritise is vital; you should be organised and able to multitask effectively. They will be searching for a resourceful candidate with a high attention to detail and accurate record keeping.  

Prior experience in publishing is optional. However, knowledge of the publishing life cycle within all Editorial, Design and Media functions would be beneficial. Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Software is a must, and any previous experience in enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems such as SAP would be favourable.  

This is a hybrid position based in Oxford. The successful applicant will need to work a minimum of two days in the office.  

Further details and information on how to apply can be found here

Festival Positions at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Closing Date: 21 April 2024

Salary: £12.00–£13.88 per hour

Location: Edinburgh

Do you have a passion for books? Are you looking for paid work in the industry that will enhance your CV? Edinburgh International Book Festival is looking for staff to cover the 2024 summer festival! 

The team is looking to fill multiple roles: Access Assistant, Access Officer and Box Office Assistant. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to get involved in a world-leading festival of words, literature and ideas, including author events with local and international writers. 

As part of the Access team, you will work with various teams, external stakeholders and customers to help make the Book Festival as accessible as possible. The Access Officer is a point of contact for the festival audience, coordinating accessible programming and liaising with contractors supplying BSL and caption provision. They will update the reserved seating database, contact customers to confirm requirements and manage access ticket bookings, including group bookings. To be successful in these roles, you will need excellent communication and teamwork skills and be willing to learn and adapt on the go. A good understanding of the barriers people face when attending events is vital to the Access team's work.  

As part of the Box Office team, you would be expected to handle ticket sales. Throughout the festival, you will be focussed on assisting customers by making bookings through our website and handling any telephone sales or enquiries.  

The positions are based in Edinburgh and are fixed-term contract positions through June, July and August. They are paid at a generous hourly rate.  

Further details and information on how to apply can be found here.

Editorial Assistant – Faber & Faber

Closing Date: 11 April 2024

Salary: £27,700 per annum

Location: London

Faber, a prominent independent literary publisher, is a beacon for showcasing the most influential voices in contemporary literature. Faber's commitment to literary excellence is unwavering, with an expansive catalogue spanning Nobel Laureates, bestselling fiction, award-winning non-fiction, poetry, film, classical music and a distinguished drama collection. From celebrated authors like Kazuo Ishiguro to iconic figures such as Sylvia Plath, Faber's legacy in shaping literary discourse is unparalleled.

The Editorial Assistant role is a vital support function for Alex Bowler, Faber’s esteemed publisher. The responsibilities are as varied as they are essential, encompassing tasks such as providing attentive care to authors, meticulously managing bibliographic systems and metadata, handling administrative duties such as diary management and expense processing, assisting in submissions management, engaging in occasional proofreading and copy-checking, crafting compelling copy and fostering seamless collaboration with other departments.

This opportunity offers a full-time position on a fixed-term contract of twelve months, stationed at our vibrant London office, with the flexibility of hybrid working arrangements. The ideal candidate for this role possesses exceptional organisational skills and a natural flair for interpersonal communication. Attention to detail is crucial in crafting engaging and compelling copy. They should be able to manage multiple priorities effectively and demonstrate a genuine passion for literature. While prior office experience is advantageous, it is not a prerequisite.

Further details and information on how to apply can be found here.

Programme and Communications Assistant at Spread The Word

Closing Date: 24 April 2024

Salary: £22,400 (£28,000 FTE)

Location: Deptford, London

Spread the Word, a dynamic arts charity based in Deptford, London, is looking for an enthusiastic Programme and Communications Assistant to join its team on a part-time basis. This role presents a unique opportunity for individuals passionate about literature and the creative sector to contribute to a vibrant literary community while gaining valuable experience in programme administration and communications.

In this role, the Programme and Communications Assistant will provide essential support in managing programmes, handling general enquiries and overseeing communications activities. They will work closely with the Communications and Impact Manager and assist in managing social media channels, newsletters and the organisation's website. Responsibilities include supporting online and in-person event communications and ensuring adherence to GDPR and privacy policies.

The ideal candidate will be a motivated individual interested in literature, writing and the creative sector. With one to two years of relevant experience in arts or administration, they will bring strong IT skills, excellent communication abilities and proficiency in social media platforms. Strong numeracy skills and experience with editing or assessing submissions/applications are desirable. They should also demonstrate the ability to work independently and as part of a team, with strong organisational and time management skills.

Further details and information on how to apply can be found here.


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