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Last updated: Thursday 08 February, 2018
Production Assistant
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About the Job

Production Assistant

Black & White Publishing is looking for a Production Assistant to join our creative and dynamic team. Based in Edinburgh, Black & White publish a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, Young Adult and children’s books for the Scottish, UK, Irish and overseas markets. The successful candidate will be working on a wide variety of titles across our list.
This new role has been created to assist the production and editorial team to help produce the best possible product. This will include liaising with all members of the team, authors and freelancers on a regular basis, communicating feedback and corrections. You will be expected to have a keen eye for detail, and contribute to design decisions, implementing changes as necessary. It is expected that the successful candidate will have a grasp of the design decisions that go into producing a book, and will feel confident using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, as well as a willingness to learn more.
Key duties will include:
Collating proof corrections, liaising with the editorial team, freelancers, designers, typesetters and authors as required
Collating photography, illustrations and text material for forthcoming titles, and preparing these for designers and typesetters
Implementing updates to sales and marketing materials, including catalogues, advance information and presentations
Assisting with the preparation of sample designs and layouts, and making changes to existing work in InDesign and Photoshop to prepare books for print
Assisting with the preparation and checking of book files both for print and eBook in a timely manner
Updating metadata and new title information with key trade contacts, and checking and correcting information as required, including making updates to our website
Contributing to marketing activity, including e-mail newsletters and social media campaigns
Assisting the wider team according to workload and departmental needs
Key skills:
Experience of using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, and a basic understanding of print and digital production processes, is essential
Good computer skills, including Word, Outlook and Excel
Feel at ease making updates to websites and metadata
Excellent communication skills
Well organised, with a keen eye for detail
Ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines
Able to work both independently and under direction as part of the teamThe role would be well suited to those who have recently completed a publishing course, or are in the first two years of their career. Some previous experience in publishing and an understanding of how the publishing industry operates would be beneficial.
This is a full-time position. The initial contract is for 12 months, with the possibility of extending it thereafter. Salary will be dependent on experience.
How to apply: Please e-mail the following to Thomas Ross, Digital & Operations Manager,
Your CV (in Word or PDF format), to include your nationality, NI number and confirmation that you are legally entitled to work in the UK
A covering e-mail of 500 words or less telling us why you are well suited for the role
Closing date for applications: Midday Monday 19 February 2018
If you are called for interview, you will be notified by 21 February 2018.
Interviews will take place during w/c 26 February 2018.
Skills: Design, Production

Job information

Duration: 12 month initial contract

Contact information

Contact name: Thomas Ross
Telephone: 0131 625 4500

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