Editorial Assistant, Linguistics & Language

Date Posted: 14 days ago
Salary: £23,000 a year

Job Description

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.

Key Responsibilities

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

Additional information

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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