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Assistant Supplier Manager - Journals

Education changes lives forever. It broadens horizons, breaks down barriers, and fires imaginations. Like the University of Oxford of which we are a part, we are committed to uncompromising standards, freedom of expression, and the enrichment of lives through education. This is our motivation, our purpose, and our mission. It is why 100% of the money we make is reinvested into education and research.

The Academic division publishes books, journals, and digital resources for the research, professional, and higher education markets across a number of publishing areas. 

About the Role

We are recruiting an Assistant Supplier Manager to join the Journals Production department. This exciting opportunity manages the performance of front-list journals suppliers, including freelancers, during peer review and production, to ensure the ongoing timely delivery of high-quality journals content and to support continuous improvement.

The successful candidate will work under their own initiative within agreed departmental parameters, so that projects are delivered, and content is published, on time, to quality standards, and to budget.

About You

With a problem-solving mindset and a focus on quality, the person taking on this role will have the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to learn quickly and work flexibly with varied software
  • Good IT skills
  • Strong skills in assessing the quality of written English, including understanding the rules of grammar and spelling


  • Superior negotiation and influencing skills
  • Experience in a production environment
  • Experience in a publishing environment
  • Familiarity with copyediting and typesetting processes
  • Familiarity with XML
  • Experience managing contractors or 3rd-party suppliers
  • Experience in creating or managing technical documentation
  • Baseline knowledge of at least one copyediting style, such as Chicago, AMA, APA, Oxford, CSE, etc.


We care about work/life balance here at OUP. With this in mind, we offer 25 days’ holiday that rises with service, plus bank holidays and Christmas closure (3 days) and a 35-hour working week. We are open to discussing flexibility in respect of working hours and the use of technology to support regular remote working, dependent on role. We also have an on-site gym with subsidised membership fees and a great variety of active employee networks and societies. 

We help make your money go further by contributing to your pension up to 11%, offering loans and savings schemes through our partnership with Salary Finance, in addition to travel to work schemes and access to a wide range of local discounts. 

Please see our Rewards and Recognition page for more information.


Please contact with any queries relating to this role.

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce, and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

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OUP UK - Oxford
Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Division:
  • Department:
    Journals Production
  • Closing Date:
    4 August 2020
  • Salary:
    Based on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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