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Senior Editorial Manager: Research Publications

Collections Directorate

The British Museum is seeking an experienced Senior Editorial Manager to develop, manage and deliver the programme of British Museum Research Publications, as approved by the Museum’s Research Board in terms of quality, schedule and budget.  

Key areas of responsibility:
You will be responsible for working with the Head of Research on delivering the publishing strategy for the BM Research Publications series. This will involve ensuring that publications complement Museum objectives, ideas and messages and deliver an appropriate experience for the target market. You will undertake or oversee editing to agreed house style and quality standards (including external peer review) and ensure that any necessary copyright clearances are obtained. You will also be responsible for typesetting and designing the Research Publications in Indesign following the series template. Liaising with printers directly on the production of titles, you will be negotiating prices, agreeing specifications, delivery of titles and ensuring that high printing standards are adhered to.

Person Specification:
Qualified to degree level or equivalent, you will be qualified in using Photoshop and Indesign to an advanced level. You will have significant experience in publishing, media or another editorial area, and have project management skills and experience. Excellent communication skills are essential and you must have the ability to manage and develop good relationships with external clients and customers.

About the British Museum:
Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. The Museum is one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions with over six million visitors in 2016 and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures. 

The Museum adheres to the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) requirements for all staff at the British Museum.


The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace and offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Membership of the civil service pension scheme
  • Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
  • Participation in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Professional & personal development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

If you are a positive individual, passionate about the Museum and would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please visit the website for further information and details on how to apply.

Fixed term: for 6 months with the possibility of extension (Maternity cover)

Closing Date: 7th June 2018


Senior Editorial Manager: Research Publications

The British Museum, London
Full-time, Maternity Contract
Professional, Publisher
Research, Editorial
Salary description: 
£34,894 pro-rata per annum