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Assistant Editor, Special Interest

The team works across several arts and crafts imprints, with most responsibilities lying with Herbert Press (craft books), Philip Wilson Publishers (art exhibition catalogues) and Bloomsbury Caravel (biographies).

This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and highly organised individual to join the editorial team at Assistant Editor level. The role will provide administrative and organisational support for the rest of the team. It will also involve the development of editorial and project-management skills in an exciting and wide-ranging role, involving managing a small number of titles through the editorial process to publication, with this requiring liaison with authors, freelancers and in-house colleagues.

Working closely with the rest of the editorial team, this is a brilliant opportunity for an ambitious editorial assistant or assistant editor keen to take the next step in their publishing career.

The role

  • Providing administrative support to the rest of the team
  • Ensuring records and metadata are up to date in our title management system, Biblio, for both frontlist and backlist titles
  • Managing various processes such as reprints and rebrands and the publication of paperback editions for relevant titles
  • Assisting commissioning editors with the creation of catalogue copy, book fair materials and cover copy
  • Project-managing a small number of titles through the editorial process, from acquisition to publication
  • Briefing and managing freelance copy-editors, proofreaders, designers and indexers
  • Liaising with authors, designers and copy-editors, collating comments and ensuring final files are ready for press on budget and on schedule
  • Attending trade shows and other ad-hoc industry events
  • Managing the Twitter account for Philip Wilson Publishers, in order to connect with the audience and promote both frontlist and backlist titles
  • Working closely with marketing colleagues to check promotional material and advise on editorial queries
  • Liaising with production colleagues to check and approve files before printing
  • Creating cover briefs and monitoring progress with in-house designers

Knowledge, skills and experience 

  • Meticulous attention to detail with strong organisational and time-management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong proofreading and copy-editing skills
  • Editorial experience in project management advantageous
  • Experience of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)
  • Basic knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator helpful but not essential
  • Interest, experience or knowledge of the arts and crafts helpful but not essential
  • Knowledge of Biblio advantageous

Additional information

The role is a full-time position based at our Oxford office, Kemp House, Chawley Park, Cumnor Hill, Oxford OX2 9PH on a hybrid working pattern of 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred).  Allocated office days for this role are: Mondays and Tuesdays.

Please apply with a CV and covering letter addressed to Human Resources (Word or PDF format only) via the ‘APPLY NOW’ button detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above for this role by Monday 5th June 2023.

Bloomsbury reserve the right to close the role early if we exceed the required number of applications

Bloomsbury Benefits

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive benefits package:

Working Pattern

  • Hybrid working pattern of: 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred)


  • 25 days holiday
  • 3.5 days Christmas company holiday

Other Benefits:

Two paid Personal Wellness Days

Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an additional 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week

Season Ticket Loan

Sharesave Scheme

In-house Doctor

Eyecare Voucher Scheme

Company culture – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (Bloom (BAME), Accessibility, Mental Health, Pride, and Parents, Guardians and Carers), 9 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any background, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable, and be heard and accepted. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please flag to the recruitment team if required

Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK. 

The Company

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s Academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic imprint names. Read Our Story for how it all began. 

 Bloomsbury is committed to creating a working environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration, is respectful of difference, is inclusive and ethical in its practice, and promotes well-being. We are determined to nurture and develop our employees to reach their highest potential, and we know that our success is down to the passion, commitment and hard work of our talented people. We recognise the urgent need to attract and support applicants from all backgrounds and identities to become part of the global publishing industry, allowing diverse voices to reflect and shape our culture and society.

Please read more on our Missions and Values here.

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Assistant Editor, Special Interest

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Project Management, Editorial
Assistant Editor, Special Interest
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