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Sales Operations Assistant

Bloomsbury Publishing is on the hunt for a dynamic, enthusiastic, and highly organized communicator with top-notch time management skills and an eye for detail to join our vibrant Sales Operations Department. This is an incredible opportunity to become a key player in Bloomsbury’s thriving Sales Operations team.

As the successful candidate, you'll report directly to the Senior Sales Operations Manager, taking charge of the Children’s Education list and supporting the broader team. Your role will see you collaborating with colleagues across various departments—including Editorial, Production, Sales, and Marketing—as well as liaising with external partners.

We’re seeking a proactive individual with a natural curiosity, a data-driven mindset, exceptional multi-tasking abilities, and a love for spreadsheets. If you’re ready to bring your initiative and passion to a highly motivated and dynamic team, we want to hear from you!

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 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. 

The role

  • Direct responsibility for managing the Children’s Education inventory
  • General support to the Sales Operations team
  • Run daily reporting of e.g., Amazon/Waterstones sales, co-ordination of daily warehouse reports, weekly print fix and invoicing
  • Manage the import of Bloomsbury US stock into the UK warehouse
  • Build and maintain a good relationship with warehouse partners
  • Manage excess inventory and propose decisions on remainders/pulps
  • Work closely with production to ensure fast turnaround time of reprints
  • Work with colleagues in the US and Australia to ensure correct stock availability in all territories

Knowledge, skills and experience 

  • Exceptional organisational skills and ability to prioritise tasks
  • Strong Excel skills including Power Query, XLOOKUPs and Pivots Tables
  • Good communication skills (oral and written)
  • Strong numerical skills
  • Flexible and quick to adapt
  • Knowledge of Biblio, Vista and Cognos advantageous, but not essential

Additional information

The role is a full-time, permanent position

Salary Pay Point: £27,000

The 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 this role are: Monday and Tuesday

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 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 Friday 5th July 2024.

For best results, please use a desktop to apply as some mobile browsers may not fully support the application portal.

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)

Holidays

  • 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 30 minutes earlier in the week
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Share Save Scheme
  • AXA Healthcare Plan (Private Medical Insurance)
  • In-house Doctor
  • Eye Care Voucher Scheme

Company culture – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (Bloom (BAME), Accessibility, Mental Health, Pride, and Parents, Guardians and Carers, Multi-Faith) and 21 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 – Bloomsbury Publishing do not sponsor visa applications 

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 

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.

Please read our environmental policy here.

Sales Operations Assistant

Full-time, Permanent
Publisher
Administration, Assistant, Publishing, Operations, Communications, Sales
Reference: 
Sales Operations Assistant
Salary description: 
£27,000

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Exceptional organisational skills and ability to prioritise tasks Strong Excel skills including Power Query, XLOOKUPs and Pivots Tables Good communication skills (oral and written)