Job Availability: Editorial Assistant (Part-Time)

As we continue to expand, we are looking for another enthusiastic, motivated, calm and approachable person for the role of Editorial Assistant, ideally with at least one year’s experience.

In brief, the role will be to help with the production of a range of academic texts through the editorial process for print and online publication.

Job Type: part-time (around 15 hours per week, Mon-Fri, times to be agreed).
Salary: £16-18,000 pro rata, p.a., dependent on skills and experience.
Deadline: 11 October 2019

Essential qualities and skills

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

  • Degree or similar qualification
  • Extremely organised
  • 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 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
  • A good team player with the ability to be flexible enough to assist where pressures are greatest
  • Able to manage and prioritise their own workload
  • Able to work to strict deadlines across multiple projects in a busy, quiet environment

Desirable qualities and skills

It would be an advantage to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • An understanding of book production processes
  • Familiarity with packages such as InDesign (or Quark), Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat etc., or similar
  • Creativity and/or design skills, combined with an eye for accuracy
  • Some knowledge of printing processes and requirements
  • Experience in academic and/or book production environments
  • An understanding of the requirements of academic copy-editing and proofreading

Key duties

Reporting to the Senior Production Editor, the role will be to assist the team in the production of academic books, journals, reprints and occasional general interest books for Liverpool University Press. We strongly encourage potential candidates to visit LUP’s website: https://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/

The key duties will be as follows:

  • Supporting the Senior Production Editor and Production Editor in respect of liaison with copy editors, designers, typesetters, illustrators, indexers – both internal and external
  • Collating and checking corrections to proofs in order to produce publications to agreed styles
  • Keeping colleagues informed and ensuring that you have up-to-date knowledge of current products, issues and schedules
  • 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.

Training will be given in specific areas of both the essential and desirable skills.

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, aptitude and experience
  • Supportive and friendly working environment (including the office dog!)
  • Flexible employment terms
  • Well-established company based in pleasant offices in south Lancaster

Applications for this role should be submitted with a full covering letter explaining why this job is for you, and what particular skills and qualities you would bring to it, together with CV.

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