Job title: Editorial Assistant, Bloomsbury Academic
Company: Bloomsbury Publishing
Location: London
Salary: £27,000
Is the role permanent? Yes
Is the role full-time? Yes
Contact details: general enquires to [email protected]
Closing date: 17 May

Job description

Editorial Assistant, (Study Skills and Social Work) – Bloomsbury Academic

The opportunity

Bloomsbury Academic publish high-quality print and digital resources for the higher education market globally. We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised Editorial Assistant to join our friendly Study Skills and Social Work team.

Supporting the Commissioning Editor and Publisher, the Editorial Assistant will have the opportunity to work on a variety of market-leading textbooks and digital learning resources for university-level students, supporting on all aspects of the publishing process from new proposals through to publication. This is an ideal role for a talented individual who is keen to develop their career in publishing.

The role

  • Supporting the team to meet annual commissioning, publishing and profitability targets
  • Helping to coordinate and develop textbooks and digital resources through all stages of the publishing process
  • Liaising with authors and academic advisors, and colleagues across editorial, production, marketing, sales and digital
  • Using publishing systems to set up titles and manage editorial processes
  • Assisting in the editorial workflow for digital content, including using content management systems
  • Conducting course, competitor and other market research
  • Managing the peer review process for proposals and draft manuscripts
  • Assessing and preparing manuscripts for handover to production
  • Checking content for third party material and arranging copyright permissions
  • Briefing cover designs and writing cover copy
  • Dealing with queries and checking proofs for titles in production

Knowledge, skills and experience

The ideal applicant for this role will be able to demonstrate that they are:

  • Organised with excellent prioritisation skills: is able to balance a varied workload effectively
  • An excellent communicator (written and verbal)
  • Able to build effective working relationships with colleagues and external contacts
  • Meticulous in their attention to detail and accuracy
  • Self-motivated with a positive, can-do attitude
  • Able to work well as part of a team and independently
  • Good at finding solutions to problems and using their initiative
  • Numerate, with experience of using Microsoft Office applications such as Outlook, Word and Excel

Additional information

The role is full-time (35 hours per week).

Salary Pay Point: £27,000

The role is based at our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a hybrid-working pattern of 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred). Allocated office days for this role are: Wednesdays and Thursdays

As an Assistant role, this position is eligible for Bloomsbury’s Rental Deposit Loan Scheme. To assist candidates who want to start and to establish a career in publishing, Bloomsbury offers an interest-free rental deposit to support securing somewhere to live. The rental deposit loan can be up to £3,000 and will be paid back over 2 years.

Please apply with a CV and covering letter addressed to Human Resources (Word or PDF format only) via the 17th May 2024.

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Bloomsbury reserve the right to close the role early if we exceed the required number of applications

Bloomsbury Benefits

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive benefits package:

Working Pattern

  • hybrid working pattern of: 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred)


  • 25 days holiday
  • 3.5 days Christmas company holiday

Other Benefits

  • Two paid Personal Wellness Days
  • Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an additional 3 hours and 30 minutes earlier in the week
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Share save Scheme
  • In-house Doctor
  • Eye care Voucher Scheme
  • Company culture – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (Bloom (BAME), Accessibility, Mental Health, Pride, and Parents, Guardians and Carers, Multi-Faith) and 21 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources

For additional benefits see our careers page

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any background, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable, and be heard and accepted.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please flag to the recruitment team if required

Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.

The Book Trade Charity provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here: