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Managing Editor

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

The Managing Editor will ensure that content is developed according to best practice, delivered to agreed publishing dates, and is consistent with the ELT divisional strategy.

This is a project lead role and a really exciting opportunity for someone who has a wealth of editorial experience, someone who has experience, leading, managing and training people and is looking to take the next step in product development. Working collaboratively with cross-functional team members on projects is key for this role as are the responsibilities for:

  • Plan and specify projects to provide competitive advantage whilst also maximizing return on investment.
  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional team members on projects, to ensure they are published cost-effectively, on time, and to the appropriate production standards.
  • Identify, brief and commission writers to ensure projects are pedagogically effective and appropriate for their target markets. Manage writers through the content development process. Negotiate and prepare contracts.
  • Conceptualize key titles to ensure they embed unique selling points and meet customer needs. Evaluate writers’ materials and ensure content is developed to achieve standards of educational value and appropriateness.
  • Establish and manage the overall project schedule, coordinating with writers and with the cross-functional team to ensure publication to agreed budgets and publishing date.
  • Plan and manage budgets and people resources as appropriate.
  • Lead on the effective implementation of new processes, workflows and systems and ensure that reviews, feedback and input lead to continuous improvement.

Please note, there will be international travel as part of this role.

About You

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate experience within the key responsibilities highlighted. They will also boast substantial Editorial experience in educational publishing, in both print and digital.

A wealth of experience in researching, planning, commissioning and managing large publishing projects is essential for this role and it would be advantageous if you are able to demonstrate your knowledge of EFL teaching.


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. This role also comes with a perk of a 10% management bonus scheme and Private Medication Insurance.

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:
    English Language Teaching
  • Department:
  • Closing Date:
    17 December 2019
  • Salary:
    Depending on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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