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Digital Project Leader (or Digital Editorial Manager)

If you are a digitally-focused schools or ELT editorial manager or senior/development editor who is as creative when there are opportunities for change as you are conscientious managing time and budgets, and if you’re a proactive and effective communicator who can lead teams to solve problems, then Oriel Square will give you the opportunity to shine.

Oriel Square is an equal opportunity employer. We want to contribute to a diverse and equal workforce in educational publishing, and we encourage applications regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality or any other protected characteristic.

Please apply to with a covering letter and CV by 12th October. This job is usually office-based, in the centre of Oxford. (During the current emergency most of our working days are at home.)

The role

The Digital Project Leader will be part of a small team responsible for the smooth and efficient running of schools and ELT publishing projects, with particular emphasis on our digital projects. These range from Early Years to FE, span the curriculum and will include UK and International publishing. You will manage a variety of projects led by subject experts, and will be responsible for their budgets and schedules. You will get involved to solve problems, logistical and editorial, and you will be responsible for quality in process and output.

About you

A schools or ELT digital publishing or digital content professional who has enjoyed their experience managing concurrent projects, particularly with digital content delivery. This role will require you to get to grips with platform and content requirements and processes for different customers. Initiative and creative thinking are as important as a detailed and conscientious approach to schedules and budgets. We want someone who will flag potential problems early, and suggest mitigations, as well as opportunities for innovation and improvement. You will relish involvement in building a young company’s processes.

Role responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio of ongoing digital content publishing services projects.
  • Understand technical requirements of digital products, so that you can brief, onboard and manage suppliers, and liaise with clients and project teams directly when technical content issues are escalated to you.
  • Design, estimate and schedule upcoming projects; advise on schedule/capacity implications for prospective work.
  • Manage and build relations with freelancers, including securing their time. Maintain a knowledge base of available freelancers.
  • Maintain and build relations with partner organisations, for example developers, testers and designers.
  • Keep management informed of the state of running projects, and alert them early to potential difficulties and opportunities.
  • Manage and develop internal processes.

Your skills

  • At least four years’ digital publishing experience, most of it inhouse, with demonstrable supplier management skills.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with a range of tools for digital content production and tagging, and familiar with the common requirements for content from educational content delivery platforms.


Oriel Square is active in many aspects of schools and ELT publishing, and in education more broadly. We are looking for perceptive and creative input into these activities, and all members of staff can expect involvement as we grow and explore.

We will invest in the right candidates to make sure that you and we remain properly informed, experienced and skilled to react to change in the market and growth in our business and scope.

Conditions and pay

Oriel Square believes in productive hours, not long hours. This informs our 28 hour full-time policy.

  • Full time (28 hours/4 days)
  • £28–33,000 p.a.
  • 20 days holiday (equivalent to 5 weeks) + public holiday allowance
  • Workplace pension

Our full-time 28-hour/4-day working week

Our working week is shorter than that of many employers, but we get at least as much done without sacrificing quality. We believe there are huge benefits both at work and at home from keeping to regular,focused working hours. While there will always be occasions when private life can intrude, we believe that our week makes plenty of time for regular life admin to happen outside work time. And our 28-hour week doesn’t mean working less – this is a full-time job.

About Oriel Square

Oriel Square is a young and growing company delivering high-quality publishing services to UK schools and ELT publishing. From large prestigious courses to bespoke work for small institutions, we lend resource, skill and creativity wherever it’s needed in education. We’re located in Central Oxford, and have well-established links with the major UK-based global educational publishers, here in Oxford and elsewhere. You should expect this role to develop as we do.

Digital Project Leader (or Digital Editorial Manager)

Oriel Square Publishing & Strategy, Oxford
Full-time, Permanent
Project Management, Digital
Digital Project Leader
Salary description: 
£28–33,000 p.a.