Job vacancy

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, calm and approachable book production editor, ideally with at least one year’s experience, to join our team.

In brief, the role will be to help coordinate the production of a range of academic publications, in effect project managing their paths through the production process for print and online.

High levels of organisation, attention to detail and a passion for books are essential.

Essential qualities and skills

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Extremely organised with good project management skills
  • Excellent IT skills including a working knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • An interest in academic publishing and awareness of the nature of academic books
  • An excellent communicator, who is able to work well with both internal personnel and external suppliers
  • Highly literate and numerate, with a love of accuracy and detail in relation to the use of the English language, and a flair for precision
  • Knowledge and experience of academic copy-editing and proofreading
  • A good team player and able to manage and prioritise their workload
  • Able to work to strict deadlines across multiple projects

Desirable qualities and skills

Candidates may also, but are not required to on application as training will be given, be able to demonstrate the following:

  • An understanding of book production processes
  • Familiarity with packages such as InDesign (or Quark), Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat etc.
  • An understanding of mono and 4-colour book production, and print processes
  • Experience in academic journal or book production

Key duties

Reporting to the Senior Production Editor, the role will be to assist in the production of academic books, journals, reprints and occasional general interest books for a major university press.

The key duties will be as follows:

  • Brief and liaise with authors, copyeditors, designers, typesetters, illustrators, indexers – internal and external – and coordinate workflow in order to produce publications to agreed time scales and to agreed styles and budgets
  • Assist in the monitoring of the daily progress of current projects to ensure that deadlines are met
  • Request estimates from and negotiate cost-effective prices with suppliers
  • Provide information to the Senior Production Editor for accounting purposes (eg supplier costs/invoices, extra work carried out etc)
  • Keep colleagues informed and ensure that you have up-to-date knowledge of current products, issues and schedules
  • Perform ad hoc duties as required

Further responsibilities may be incorporated into the role in the future, depending on candidate’s skills, aptitude, and developments in the requirements of the business.

About us

Carnegie Publishing is a small, independent company established in 1984. As publishers we specialise in well-produced books on UK history and related subjects, written by respected authors and aimed at the general reader. We design, edit and typeset our books, covers, promotional material etc., and also offer these skills to other publishers, organisations, societies and individuals.

Carnegie has an established contract with award-winning academic publisher Liverpool University Press, and the successful candidate will be employed to work on the production of their books and journals, from manuscript to final pdf, for print and online.

The rewards

Competitive salary, which will depend on skills and experience

Supportive and friendly working environment

Flexible employment terms

Well-established company based in pleasant offices in south Lancaster


Applications for this role should be submitted with a CV and full covering letter explaining why this job is for you, and what particular skills and qualities you would bring to it. Please send applications to the Managing Director, Anna Goddard via email to

The closing date for applications is 26.9.17

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £18–22,000 pa


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