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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 of us across our global organisation care deeply about reaching more people in more places, with world-class learning and research materials and services.

The English Language Teaching (ELT) Division is a global leader in the provision of multimedia English language teaching, learning and assessment materials. Operating globally, it reaches millions of teachers and students each year to support the development of English language proficiency.

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join our ELT division as we look to appoint a number of Editors with a range of experience from Editors to Senior Editors.   Reporting into the Product Development Team Manager our Editors work flexibly within and across sectors during the product development process to develop pedagogically-appropriate content which meets the requirements of our customers and is delivered to schedule and within budget.

Depending on the Editor role key responsibilities may include:

  • Assist with market research at the idea/explore/validate stages of the product lifecycle to ensure that customer requirements are met.
  • Brief and oversee the work of in-house editors and external suppliers and carry out appropriate quality checks. Identify any risks and issues affecting delivery to agreed dates, communicate to colleagues, and work collaboratively to problem-solve and mitigate these risks and issues.
  • Under the direction of the Product Development Lead and in conjunction with senior colleagues, specify products and manage their creation.
  • Brief and work with writers on major projects, taking responsibility for the overall development of content in order to maximize their educational effectiveness and appropriateness for the intended market. Manage and motivate writers through all stages of the writing process. Ensure that materials reflect research on pedagogy and language learning in all media and that products have been developed according to agreed briefs and specifications and market and customer needs.
  • Manage project schedules, coordinating with suppliers and with the cross-functional team to ensure that projects are published according to agreed budgets, specifications and publication dates. Identify, manage and communicate any risks to schedules.
  • Assist with the management of budgets as appropriate.
  • Assist with commissioning projects as requested and in accordance with agreed parameters.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments (Design, Digital, Production, etc.) on project requirements, and approve solutions to ensure they are appropriate and pedagogically effective.
  • Identify continuous improvement and innovation opportunities and work with colleagues to ensure that new processes, workflows, systems and lessons learned are implemented effectively.

About You

If you are an Editor with great attention to detail, enjoy working in a team and have a passion for education then this could be a great opportunity for you.

The successful candidates will demonstrate the following skills and experiences:

  • Good knowledge of the product development process, ideally within an educational publishing context
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Understanding of the principles of English language teaching and learning
  • Understanding of educational teaching and learning requirements
  • Ability to speak and write English to a native-speaker level of fluency
  • Publishing experience
  • Experience developing educational products and teaching and learning content


  • Recognized ELT qualification
  • First-hand experience of teaching, ideally in an ELT environment


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 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.

We’re all currently working from home at the moment due to COVID.  We are currently thinking through how we use our offices in the future and are open to discussing flexibility within this such as a blend of office and home working.


Please contact should you have any queries.


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:
    English Language Teaching
  • Department:
  • Closing Date:
    27 June 2021
  • Salary:
    Dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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