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Production Editor

Ref Number B25-00089

Professional Expertise Administration and Business Support

Department Vice-Provost (Faculties) (B25)

Location London

Working Pattern Full time

Salary £34,605–£39,980

Contract Type Permanent

Working Type Hybrid

Available For Secondment No

Closing Date 13-May-2024

About us

UCL is London’s global university. LCCOS – Library, Culture, Collections and Open Science – provides outstanding staff, services and resources to support the world-class research, education and enterprise that is undertaken in UCL, and connects the world with UCL through innovative programming and engagement activities. LCCOS is acknowledged as an international leader in Open Science and Scholarship. The LCCOS family comprises 3 museums and allied object collections, 14 libraries, the UCL Student Centre, Special Collections facilities, multiple additional learning spaces, the Bloomsbury Theatre and a substantial off-site storage facility. We also provide comprehensive services to healthcare staff through our partnerships with 6 NHS Trusts. LCCOS holds the UK Customer Service Excellence (CSE) Award, The National Archives (TNA) Archives Service Accreditation, and Arts Council England Museum Accreditation. The combined staff in UCL LCCOS totals around 440.

About the role

UCL Press was launched in 2015 as the UK’s first fully open access university press. In that time, it has published over 300 books and has built a portfolio of 15 journals, which have achieved over 8 million downloads globally. UCL Press now publishes around 60 books a year and a number of those will be assigned to the Production Editor to oversee.

Hybrid Working:

This role is eligible for hybrid working with a minimum of 10% on site.

The purpose of the job is to manage a list of books and journals from handover of manuscript to publication, overseeing all stages of production from submission to final files. The Production Editor will manage a range of stakeholders and suppliers and will be responsible for commissioning and evaluating freelance and supplier work. The Production Editor has responsibility for budgeting, scheduling and quality control for assigned titles, and the role also provides general support to the Production Manager.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Professional Services Staff. Please visit for more information.

About you

We are looking for candidates who in particular have the following experience and skills:

  • Scholarly book publishing experience
  • Experience of managing books through the production process, from manuscript submission to final files, with full responsibility for own titles / list (including managing budget, quality and schedule) and direct author liaison
  • Experience of journal production and workflows from approved manuscript to final files
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with ability to handle negotiation effectively and tactfully with all project stakeholders
  • Experience of managing a pool of freelance suppliers and undertaking regular quality control checks, giving feedback and testing new suppliers
  • Strong copy-editing and proofreading skills

The advert will close on the published date at 23:59 GMT. However, we may close applications early if we receive a high volume of applications. Interviews will be carried out online.

A job description and person specification can be accessed from the link at the bottom of this page.

Further details

To apply, please provide:

  • An up-to-date CV, including as a minimum detail of your current employment, salary and notice period, details of any former employment and your education history.
  • A supporting statement, showing how your skills and experience meet each of the criteria marked ‘Application’ in the Person Specification found within the Job Description for this post. Your statement should be provided using the free text box under ‘Questionnaire’.

If you have any queries about the role or have any queries about the application process, please contact, quoting the job title and reference number.

Further information about UCL LCCOS can be found on our website

The UCL Ways of Working supports colleagues to be successful and happy at UCL through sharing expectations around how we work – please visit to find out more.

What we offer

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer some great benefits some of which include: 41 Days holiday (27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days); Additional 5 days’ annual leave purchase scheme; Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE); Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan; On-Site nursery; On-site gym; Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay; Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service; Discounted medical insurance.

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Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women. Our department is working towards an Athena SWAN award. We are committed to advancing gender equality within our department.

You can read more about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion here:

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Production Editor

UCL Press, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Production, Communications
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Experience of managing books through the production process, from manuscript submission to final files, with full responsibility for own titles / list (including managing budget, quality and schedule) and direct author liaison