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Production Editor

Department:  Production, Trade & Academic

Reporting to: Production Director

Contract:       Full time (35 hours per week) and permanent contract

Salary:          Circa £25,000 to £27,000 per annum depending on experience

Job summary

Production Editor with editorial production experience in a publishing environment (preferably book) required to work on Yale University Press London’s Trade & Academic frontlist and backlist, including reprints, reissues and ebooks. In this varied, stimulating and collaborative role solid InDesign and Acrobat skills are a must, as is an expert ability to manage schedules, experience in liaising with external vendors, an exceptional eye for detail, and a head for organisation. There may also be the opportunity to work on YUPL’s Art & Architecture list.

Purpose of job

To oversee editorial and print production for a number of titles from receipt of copyedited files, through the typesetting, proofreading and indexing processes all the way to the delivery of printed books and ebooks. A key member of a close-knit team of four, the Production Editor will work on frontlist hardback titles, frontlist paperback adaptations and hardback and paperback reprints, including a burgeoning ASR and POD program. Tasks are either worked on directly in house or outsourced to freelance suppliers. This role is also the principal editorial production and print production liaison with our colleagues at Yale University Press in the USA and facilitates the transfer of book assets, resizing and adapting the files if required.

The Production Editor will continually assess the books and processes with a view to making improvements in quality, cost-effectiveness and visual impact. Success will depend on an outward facing focus, identifying and learning from what our peers and competitors are producing while at the same time seeking to innovate and lead.

About us

Yale University Press has a unique position as the only American university press with a full-scale publishing operation in Europe, publishing serious non-fiction that contributes to a global understanding of human affairs and with an emphasis on Art, History and Culture. Our diverse and prize-winning list includes books by globally respected authors including Carmen Bambach, John Carey, Terry Eagleton, Nicholas Kenyon, Yasmin Khan, Charlotte Mullins, Geoffrey Parker, Thomas Piketty, Griselda Pollock, David Rieff, Zeynep Tufekci and Can Xue. We are proud to work with and represent numerous prestigious museums and galleries and to publish the field defining Pevsner Architectural Guides.

Equal opportunities

Yale University Press London is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. We value, promote and seek diversity.

Key responsibilities and Core duties

Task 1: To oversee on-time editorial and print production for the frontlist (hardback, paperback, ebook) ensuring the highest quality of print reproduction and to budget.

Details: Selecting appropriate freelance suppliers (proofreaders, indexers); collating and checking proofs; typesetter and image setter briefing and liaison; image optimisation (either worked on in house or outsourced); map and figure generation (outsourced); printer liaison.

Task 2: To take responsibility for all stages of the frontlist and backlist reprints program.

Details: Leading a fortnightly reprints meeting; rebuilding book assets from archived material; book production; close liaison with US production. To also work on and take joint or whole responsibility for the ASR and POD list.

Task 3: To update and maintain the company archive of assets.

Details: Retrieval, updating and uploading print and ebook assets to an external DAM (CodeMantra’s CollectionPoint).

Additional duties undertaken

  • To directly liaise with authors and provide guidance on the editorial production process
  • To work closely with editorial colleagues, providing support on editorial production matters
  • To take responsibility for production updates to the company database and circulate weekly production and reprint reports
  • To work with marketing colleagues in producing bound proofs
  • To provide export invoices for freight forwarder use and process invoices for payment and resolve cost discrepancies
  • To assist the Production Director in identifying trends and opportunities in the book and ebook production market

Person specification – Key knowledge & skills


  • Experience in either editorial or book production, or both, preferably in a book publishing environment
  • Good knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign and Acrobat
  • Understanding of image editing and what is necessary to ensure optimal print reproduction (both mono and colour)
  • Meticulous eye for detail in checking the accuracy of proofs and preparing material for print production
  • Proven organisational ability and an ability to multi-task, prioritise and keep to tight deadlines
  • External vendor management (typesetters, proofreaders, indexers, cartographers, illustrators, repro houses, printers, freight forwarders)
  • Problem solver and initiative-taker; flexible and collaborative worker


  • Practical knowledge of typography, particularly regarding typeset pages of text
  • Photoshop experience, particularly in optimising images for print production
  • Understanding of editorial and production budgets and experience in pro-actively seeking cost efficiencies in all areas

What we can offer

Yale University Press London offers a generous package of benefits including accommodation deposit and travel loans, a cycle purchase scheme, a lively social scene and a generous pension scheme. As Co-organisers of the annual Bedford Square Arts Festival, our staff enjoy access to the Bedford Square gardens at lunchtimes throughout the summer months.

The location

The role will be based in our offices on Bedford Square in Bloomsbury WC1, with convenient access to the Northern and Central lines as well as many bus routes.

Please send your CV and supporting covering letter (including availability, notice period details and current salary) to: ensuring you include “Production Editor” in the email subject line.

Closing date 11 February 2022

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Production Editor

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Production, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Production Editor
Salary description: 
Circa £25,000 to £27,000 per annum depending on experience

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Experience in either editorial or book production, or both, preferably in a book publishing environment