Editorial Assistant, Linguistics and Language – Bloomsbury AcademicThe OpportunityThis is an exciting opportunity to become a crucial part of Bloomsbury’s award-winning academic division. We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking Editorial Assistant to provide administrative and organisational support for our Academic Linguistics and Language and Education lists. The lists publish research works, textbooks and supplementary texts in various sub-fields of the interdisciplinary areas of linguistics and language and education, including corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, semiotics, stylistics, TESOL, literacy education, sociolinguistics and translation studies. Our best-selling titles include Linguistics: An Introduction, Using Graphic Novels in the English Language Arts Classroom and Discourse Analysis. We also publish across a range of different book series, such as ‘Corpus and Discourse’, ‘Bloomsbury Advances in Ecolinguistics’, ‘Multilingualisms and Diversities in Education’ and ‘Bloomsbury Studies in Linguistic Anthropology’. The role involves supporting two Commissioning Editors, reporting to one of them.
The RoleThe role will provide administrative support to the Linguistics and Language and Education team in the effective management of print and electronic products throughout the publication process. You will also liaise with authors, customers and other departments such as Marketing, Production and Digital, to deliver a high standard of author care.
Tasks will be varied but will include:
Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with authors, volume editors and series editors to ensure a high standard of author care throughout the publishing process
Keeping the publishing programme on schedule through regular liaison with authors, and by maintaining and updating the frontlist plan for any given year
Preparing manuscripts for handover to production to agreed standards and on schedule
Setting up new titles on Biblio (our bibliographic database), and ensures that any changes to projects are updated promptly and in line with key dates
Commissioning peer reviews for projects as requested by their manager; ensuring these reviews are delivered in a timely way; recording the progress of all projects under review
Putting together cover briefs, cover copy and briefing cover designs
Supporting editors in managing backlist, including monitoring stock levels, reprints and the Print on Demand scheme, as required
Responding promptly and appropriately to external and internal inquiries
Providing basic reports and sales information
Completing pro forma and book orders
Providing administrative support for team (filing, photocopying etc.)
Creating and managing companion websites
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Will have knowledge and/or experience of relevant processes, systems and websites
Highly organized with the ability to multi-task and prioritize
Exceptional attention to detail and command of English spelling and grammar
Good time management with ability to meet deadlines
Calm and able to logically solve problems under pressure
Flexible and able to work independently
Effective team working, networking and building relationships
Excellent communication (oral and written) to internal and external contacts, handling information sensitively and professionally
Strong IT skills including competency in using Microsoft Office, Word and Excel
Commercial awareness and customer focus
Places a high value on quality of content, author care, company reputation and sustained customer relationship
Focusses on solutions, not problems
An interest in Academic publishing, and in developing industry and market awareness
The role is a full-time, permanent position. The Annual Salary will be £23,000.
The role is based at our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a mandatory working pattern of 2 days office-based / 3 days home-based (or fully office-based if preferred). Allocated office days are:
As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers competitive benefits, generous staff discounts and flexible working arrangements.
As an Assistant role, this position is eligible for Bloomsbury’s Rental Deposit Loan Scheme. To assist candidates who want to start and to establish a career in publishing, Bloomsbury offers an interest-free rental deposit to support securing somewhere to live. The rental deposit loan can be up to £3,000 and will be paid back over 2 years.
Please apply with a CV (Word or PDF format only) and complete the online application form and question by Thursday 30th September. Bloomsbury reserve the right to close the role early should we exceed the required number of applications.
Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.The Book Trade Charity provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here: http://booktradeentrysupport.org
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