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Production Controller

Head of Zeus, now 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. We have published 93 (and counting) #1 bestsellers around the world, won 21 literary prizes and two industry awards. 

There is an exciting opportunity for a Production Controller to join our Production team and look after the scheduling and production of front list titles.

Production Controller

Primary responsibilities will be:

  • Managing the front list titles from two of our commercial imprints : Aria [Romance, Saga, Historical fiction] and Aries [Adventure and Crime fiction]: booking copyeditors and proofreaders while managing tight budgets; liaising with typesetters; circulating prelims and backmatter for sign-off for books across the lists.
  • Maintaining schedules on Biblio and liaising with the Editorial and Art departments to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Supervising the final stages of production – raising Purchase Orders and sending to print; checking printers’ proofs, ensuring quality of the highest standards is maintained throughout.
  • Assisting in the transition of Head of Zeus workflows over to Biblio (Autumn 2022 onwards).

Other responsibilities will include:

  • Supervising reprints – checking if corrections are needed, liaising with typesetters, raising Purchase Orders and sending to print; checking printers’ proofs.
  • Using printers’ calculators and Biblio to cost front list titles and reprints.
  • Checking invoices.
  • Archiving final files.

Experience required:

  • Working knowledge of Biblio3.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign in particular.
  • Some experience of working in a book production department or publishing environment.

Key skills

  • Highly organised, with the ability to multi-task and prioritise workload.
  • Meticulous and thorough, with a keen eye for detail.
  • Excellent communication and numeracy skills.

The role is a permanent full-time position based at our offices in Clerkenwell (Angel / Farringdon / Kings Cross tube stations), on a hybrid working pattern of two days in the office / three days based at home, although people are welcome to work from the office every day if they wish to do so.

Please apply with a CV and covering letter addressed to detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above by 9 October 2022.

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, Disability, Mental Health, Pride and Parents, Guardians and Carers), 12 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.

Production Controller

Head of Zeus, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing, Production, Communications, Design, Business Development
Production Controller

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Working knowledge of Biblio3. Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign in particular.