Editorial Assistant (Digital Resources, Visual and Performing Arts), Bloomsbury Books Plc.

A fantastic opportunity to work with Bloomsbury has arisen. 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.

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: • Researching  the potential for commissioning products in new areas • Assisting in market research for product viability  • Researching content improvements to existing sites • Editorial 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 organisational 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 prioritise • 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

Closing date: 10th October 2019

Salary: undisclosed

To Apply: please email your CV with covering letter and salary expectations to workwithus@bloomsbury.com, stating the job reference in the subject line ‘EA-DIGITAL RESOURCES 1010

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