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Production Assistant, Head of Zeus

Head of Zeus, part of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, is a publisher of fiction, narrative nonfiction and children’s books, committed to new talent, great writing and quality in everything we produce. With our 35-strong team based in Clerkenwell (and remote), we have centuries of expertise, global reach, and a nimble, creative, decisive culture.  

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our team of five as Production Assistant. The ideal candidate will be highly organised, with a keen eye for detail and an enthusiasm for books and the publishing world.

Reporting to the Head of Production, your primary responsibility will be looking after the paperback list – first outing and reprints. You will be part of a busy and collaborative group and will work closely with all internal teams, as well as liaising with outside suppliers such as printers. You will ensure that every project is produced on time, within budget, and is of the highest quality.  

The role is ideal for someone with a can-do attitude, unphased by the idea of multiple and tight deadlines, and who is interested in developing their skills in the craft of making books. 

The role

  • Circulating paperback prelims for sign off.
  • Supervising the final production of the paperback titles – making print ready PDFs, preparing the PO and sending to print; checking printers’ proofs.
  • Supervising the production of paperback reprints in the same way.
  • Checking and approving printers’ invoices for relevant titles.
  • Setting up titles for POD.
  • Providing general organisational support to the team – maintaining the scheduling boards, sending files to foreign publishers on behalf of the Rights team.

Knowledge, skills and experience 

  • Problem-solving skills and a proactive attitude
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills
  • Keen eye for detail and a good head for numbers
  • IT skills (knowledge of Office is essential and familiarity with Adobe products and Biblio desirable)

Additional information

The role is a full-time permanent position

Salary Pay Point: £27,000

The role is based at our London office 5–8 Hardwick Street, London EC1R 4RG 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 Thursdays.

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 19th April 2024.

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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 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.

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:

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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Production Assistant, Head of Zeus

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Assistant, Publishing, Production, Communications, Design
Production Assistant, Head of Zeus
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