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Commissioning Editor (Fixed Term Contract/Secondment)

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. It is why all 6,000 of us in 52 countries care deeply about reaching more people in more places, with world-class learning and research materials and services.

About the Role

We are looking for a Commissioning Editor to devise and commission teacher/learner/assessment resources to fit identified market needs, and to oversee the smooth development of the resources and make an impact in education and enhance your commissioning skills by working with innovative authors and editorial teams.

You will be responsible for supporting the implementation of an innovative customer strategy that will drive growth and focus on developing a strong relationship with our customers by always having a deep understanding of their needs and anticipate how market changes will impact on them.

You will work with authors, freelancers, teachers, experts, and awarding bodies to develop the best possible resources to support International schools.

Working with internal and external teams, you will also be responsible for the delivery on time and to budget of projects through strong team and project management skills.

Please note, this is a fixed term contract for 26 weeks with the possibility of extension.

About You

The successful candidate will have:

  • A strong background in educational publishing
  • A deep understanding of the needs of teachers and learners in International Secondary schools (preferably) and/or the UK Schools (KS1-3) market
  • A good understanding of international curricula, assessment and qualifications
  • A track-record of having successfully implemented complex projects that has driven share and revenue growth whilst remaining profitable
  • Experience of print and digital publishing
  • Experience of managing, developing and motivating editorial teams

In addition:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A high level of computer literacy
  • A creative, problem-solving, flexible mind-set


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:
    Oxford Education
  • Closing Date:
    16 December 2019
  • Salary:
    Depending on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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