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Last updated: Thursday 26 September, 2019
Editorial Assistant, Digital Resources, Visual and Performing Arts
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About the Job

Editorial Assistant, Digital Resources, Visual and Performing Arts

Job Title:Editorial Assistant
Department:Digital Resources

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC is an entrepreneurial, independent, worldwide publisher listed on the London Stock Exchange with offices in London, Oxford, New York, Sydney and New Delhi. Over its 33-year history, Bloomsbury’s mission has been to publish works of excellence and originality.

Purpose of the Role
This role has responsibility for supporting the expansion of the Digital Resources Division. It is largely administrative and editorial in nature and is vitally important to the success of Bloomsbury Digital Resources. It offers good opportunity for growth and an unusual opportunity to gain experience with digital products and business models – a great foundation for career opportunities.

Overall Role Summary
This role is responsible for:
•Supporting editorial signings by taking responsibility for one or more of the following, to be mutually agreed with Manager
depending on demands:
oResearching the potential for commissioning products in new areas
oAssisting in market research for product viability
oResearching content improvements to existing sites
oEditorial administration relating to New Product Development
•Supporting Managing Director, BDR, 20% on average per week
•Supporting the editorial team in achieving the agreed revenue and profitability targets
•Liaising with key stakeholders, both internal and external
•Participating in cross-departmental product teams
•Working with Academic Editorial and independently to source new authors for digital platforms
•Managing digital first content from contract. Reviewing content, before and after copyediting, and preparing files for
handover to production
•Helping to develop material for new and existing platforms, including commissioning and editing digital first content, and
identifying areas for licensing acquisitions
•Assisting in product testing
•Point person for Content Management system (Librios)
•Supporting colleagues within own department
•All administration to do with contracts – issuing, tracking, chasing
•Administration relating to new digital projects: contributor contracts, tracking, reminders, monitoring, liaison with external
editorial advisors, and highlighting problem areas for manager intervention
•General support for VPA commissioning

Key Accountabilities
•Completes research projects on time and to agreed specifications
•Supports the editorial team in achieving agreed targets for developing and commissioning new products
•Responsible for keeping the publishing programme on schedule through regular liaison with authors / contributors/ partner
publishers, and by maintaining and updating the submission schedule and plan for any given year
•Prepares articles / updates for handover to production to agreed standards and on schedule
•Sets up submission schedule, tracks and updates
•Prepares and sends out contracts for new projects; ensures signed contracts are returned in a timely way and liaises with
the royalty and accounts teams as appropriate
•Responds promptly and appropriately to external and internal inquiries
•Able to help with the implementation and piloting of new systems
•Has sufficient knowledge of key systems (Biblio, Cognos, Neptune) to be responsible for the provision of basic reports
and sales information
•Takes notes at various department or division meetings as needed
•Acts as a product champion and projects enthusiasm internally as well as externally
•Accountable for managing own learning, taking responsibility to identify and develop skills gaps
•Is an ambassador for Bloomsbury at all times, e.g. with external stakeholders including academic authors, suppliers,
editors etc. – including conference representation where required

Key Skills and Experience:
•A ‘can do’ attitude
•Excellent organizational skills
•A high tolerance – even enthusiasm -- for tracking and reporting
•A willingness to ‘muck in’
•Good people skills
•Solid administrative experience and knowledge or experience of academic publishing
•An interest in digital publishing
•An ability to multi-task and prioritize
•Calmness under pressure
•Self-management of own workload
•Project management of small and medium size projects
•Attention to detail
•An ability to work well as part of a team
•Good communication (oral and written) to internal and external contacts
•A solutions mentality

The role is a full-time permanent position, based at our main office in the heart of London’s west end, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP.

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organization, Bloomsbury offers competitive benefits, generous staff discounts and flexible working arrangements.
To apply, please email your CV with covering letter and salary expectations to, stating the job reference in the subject line ‘EA-DIGITAL RESOURCES 1010’

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. UK applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.
The closing date for applications is 10th October 2019.
Skills: Customer Service, Digital, Project Management

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Contact name: Human Resources
Reference: EA1010

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