Digital Editorial Assistants x 2 Bloomsbury Digital Resources
Bloomsbury Digital Resources is committed to serving a global community of students, scholars, instructors, and librarians by providing creative online research and learning environments that deliver excellence and originality. We are currently looking to recruit TWO highly organized, enthusiastic and self-motivated Digital Editorial Assistants to join our dynamic team.
These roles have responsibility for supporting the expansion of the Digital Resources division. It is largely editorial and administrative in nature and is vitally important to the success of our growing department. The successful candidates will work across our Visual Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences portfolio, reporting to the Portfolio Director for Visual Arts and Senior Commissioning Editor for Humanities and Social Sciences. Examples of our market-leading digital products include Bloomsbury Fashion Central, Artfilms, Bloomsbury Philosophy Library and Bloomsbury History: Theory & Method.
These are excellent opportunities to gain experience with digital products and business models – a great foundation for career growth.
Each Digital Editorial Assistant will play a pivotal part in the delivery and ongoing success of an exciting pipeline of digital products and product updates.
Tasks will be varied but key responsibilities will include:
Assisting the Digital Editorial team with new product signings
- Researching the potential for commissioning digital products in new areas (e.g. by carrying out academic course research and market analysis)
- Carrying out market research (e.g. surveys and interviews with faculty and librarian staff)
Supporting product launches and updates
- Managing all digital-first content (such as Articles, Lesson Plans, Subject Guides, and Biblioguides) from contract, to peer review, to final publication
- Proofreading articles and preparing files for handover to production
- Ensuring content delivery is kept on track and highlighting problem areas for manager intervention
- Maintaining accurate administrative and Biblio records for digital products
- Creating and updating content lists
- Monitoring editorial budgets
- Investigating and clearing rights for eBooks and image content
- Managing and maintaining records for Editorial Advisory Boards
- Assisting with product testing
- Researching content improvements to existing resources
Supporting the Digital Editorial Team and wider Bloomsbury Digital Resources department
- Managing contract administration and tracking third party files
- Liaising with external editorial advisors
- Taking minutes at meetings
- Creating reports
- Acting as a product champion and projecting enthusiasm internally as well as externally
- If required, assuming role of departmental ‘point person’ for digital publishing systems, like Bloomsbury Content Manager or Biblio
Knowledge, skills and experience
- Excellent organizational skills
- A high tolerance – even enthusiasm -- for tracking and reporting
- A ‘can do’ attitude and willingness to ‘muck in’
- Solid administrative experience a plus
- Knowledge or experience of academic publishing a plus
- An interest in digital publishing
- An ability to multi-task and prioritize
- Calmness under pressure
- Attention to detail
- An ability to work well as part of a team
- Strong communication skills (oral and written)
- A solutions-focused mentality
Each role is a full-time, permanent position with a salary of £24,000
Each role is based at our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a hybrid working pattern of 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred). Allocated office days for each role are: Wednesdays and Thursdays.
As an Assistant role, each 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 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 3rd May 2022
Bloomsbury reserve the right to close the role early if we exceed the required number of applications
As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive benefits package:
- 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
- 2 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
Eyecare Voucher Scheme
That Day – online fitness classes, mindfulness, cookery classes, workshops etc.
Company culture! – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (BAME, Disability, Mental Health, LGBTQ+ and Parents, Guardians and Carers), 15 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources
For additional benefits see below
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 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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