Project Editor

London (GB)
09 May 2018
End of advertisement period
08 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

A professional role requiring strong academic background, editorial and good communication skills.

The Project Editor works closely with academic writers and packagers to ensure files are supplied on time and to specification, as well as being involved in project management from final manuscript through to print-ready files.

You will ensure products are produced on-time and have been editorially checked before final output to print/online platform.


  • Project manage the origination and publishing services phase; as well as maintaining accurate schedules
  • Editing multiple projects to schedule and to the quality expected
  • Liaising with internal and freelance authors, subject matter experts, proofreaders and examiners to keep products on schedule during the origination and publishing services phase
  • Co-ordinate the typesetting process in an effective and timely manner
  • Ensure final products have undergone quality editorial checks, proof checks and flight checks
  • To understudy the Project Editor Team Leader in taking on minor project management work, developing these skills over time.
  • To develop project management skills which enables the management of the origination and publishing services phase including maintaining accurate schedules

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Ensure that the internal scheduling system is updated to accurately reflect the product status
  • Liaise with various stakeholders within the publishing process
  • Ensure adequate instructions/briefs are provided to the typesetters, materials are tracked on associated systems and turnarounds are within the agreed timeframe
  • Ensure typesetters queries are responded to in a timely manner and all errors are recorded
  • Ensure that required checks and sign offs take place on material input into the system
  • Carry out agreed editorial activities on products as requested
  • Liaise with all relevant parties to ensure that authors give final QA approval before final product is sent to Print Production/Interactive Technology
  • Familiarise self with house style and understand product specifications to deliver product effectively

Skills, knowledge, qualifications required for role


  • The ability to recognise clear, concise, well-written and grammatically correct material
  • Editorial background
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proactive and self-motivated
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Able to self-manage when working in a demanding environment during peak publishing cycles
  • Good MS Word skills
  • Concentration, accuracy and an eye for detail
  • Ability to approach work methodically
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and good time management
  • Creative


  • A degree or equivalent professional qualification in English Language/Literature preferred, however applications from candidates with appropriate and relevant work experience or other equivalent qualifications will also be considered. 

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