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Commissioning Editor (London)

Epigeum, part of Oxford University Press, is an innovative and dynamic publisher of online courses and programmes for the global Higher Education markets. We build our courses in conjunction with leading experts and universities around the world.

Our publishing programme is growing rapidly, and we are looking for a Commissioning Editor to continue developing our portfolio of interactive online courses aimed at researchers, teachers and students in Higher Education.

About the Role

In this role you will oversee the continued development of our portfolio of online courses, with particular focus on our Research strand. This role will manage the development of our flagship Research Skills programme, leading significant updates of existing content as well as commissioning new courses.

Reporting to the Director of Publishing and Learning Design, responsibilities will include:

  • Commissioning and list management: Oversee the strategic vision for the programme portfolio in conjunction with the Director of Publishing and Learning Design, ensuring we build on our strengths, capitalise on market opportunities, and mitigate risks.
  • Market research: Conduct market research into trends and decision drivers in Higher Education  to inform future publishing and frame the publishing plan.
  • Content development: Create and ensure the delivery of the strategic vision for the course, paying particular attention to learning outcomes, pedagogy, assessment items and user experience to ensure the final courses meet the needs of the market.
  • People: Identify and bring onboard leading experts, building sustainable, productive relationships using effective negotiating and influencing skills. Maintain excellent relationships with colleagues in  sales, marketing, implementation and production to ensure on-time publication and optimal sales.
  • Financial management: Manage the financial performance of projects such that commercial considerations are carefully evaluated and each project delivers to budget.
  • Project management: Work with colleagues to drive the project milestones and oversee the workflow to ensure timely publication.  
  • Market development: Work closely with marketing, sales and implementation teams to share product information and refine marketing messages.
  • Enhance the Epigeum brand: be a champion for your products, internally and externally, and represent Epigeum at conferences, on campus, and in all other external interactions such that you promote and strengthen the brand at all times.

About You

To be successful in this role you must:

  • Have proven experience of list and portfolio management and experience of signing products and services that respond to the needs of the market, ideally gained in Higher Education publishing
  • Demonstrate commercial awareness and an ability to identify and capitalise on opportunities
  • Have proven experience of developing content and delivering products that achieve their strategic aim and meet the needs of the market
  • Have proven experience of signing key subject experts and demonstrate strong author management skills
  • Be persuasive, and negotiate effectively with people at all levels
  • Have strong relationship-building and interpersonal skills
  • Have experience of managing and developing team members
  • Be a strong project manager, with experience of driving schedules and overcoming challenges, and demonstrate excellent organisational and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrate first-class communication skills
  • Have a proven track record of gathering, analysing, and synthesising market information to inform publishing decisions
  • Have a demonstrable ability to shape content and pedagogy for the education sector
  • Understand the principles of eLearning and pedagogical approaches
  • Have meticulous attention to detail
  • Have a proactive and flexible approach
  • Be educated to degree level (or equivalent


  • Experience of publishing digital courses or online resources
  • Awareness of trends and developments in e-learning
  • Understanding of trends in Higher Education


We care about work/life balance here at OUP; with this in mind we offer 25 days’ holiday (plus bank holidays), and a 35-hour working week, along with the flexibility to start and finish late or early as required.

Our pension contribution is up to 11%.

Wellbeing is really important to us so we also have a wide range of facilities including: a canteen that serves a wide variety of healthy and delicious meals, a subsidized onsite gym and subsidized coffee shops.

We believe that the skills you bring to OUP are just a starting point. We want you to have the opportunity to expand your abilities, and to innovate and develop in areas which both interest you, and support your aspirations.


For any queries in relation to this vacancy, please contact


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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Epigeum Kensington - London
5 Kensington Church Street, 1 Kensington Cloisters, London, UK, W8 4LD
  • Division:
    Global Academic
  • Department:
    Academic Editorial
  • Closing Date:
    26 September 2019
  • Salary:
    Depending on skills and experience
  • Location:
    Epigeum Kensington - London
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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