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Manufacturing Manager, UK (Fixed Term - 1 year)

We have been a leading figure in publishing for more than 500 years. We have always been a forward-looking organization, maximizing the technology for the day, but the digital revolution is bringing enormous change, fast. That same spirit of adventure and entrepreneurialism is critical to our future success. In a fast changing publishing landscape, OUP welcomes the inquisitive, the inventive, and the ambitious; people who challenge the conventional, and pioneer the possible.

About the Role

As a Manufacturing Manager at OUP, you’ll be responsible for developing and leading aligned UK front and back-list publishing & manufacturing activity for our Education business division.  Accountable for provisioning local variations and requirements in the global strategy that take account of local market requirements and delivery objectives of the operating businesses, without compromising the overall objectives of cost saving and systems and process convergence. This position is responsible for supporting our UK and International Education businesses.

Key duties of the role will include:

  • Managing the manufacturing team, monitoring individual workloads to ensure that issues are picked up early and necessary support given. Provide advice and guidance to the team including coaching and development needs.
  • Ensuing delivery of Publication schedule, ensuring ownership of manufacturing costs from concept through the delivery of product working with key stakeholders to ensure markets windows are achieved.
  • Contributing to the setting of an Education manufacturing strategy, partnering with Inventory Planning to balance the cost to manufacture with optimal stock levels to support revenue growth.
  • Setting printer allocations, in partnership with the procurement function, to balance divisional business requirements with best cost solutions alongside supplier relationship management.
  • Ensuring the overall ‘Run’ service delivery across the UK Education Manufacturing environment and is achieving its core KPI’s.
  • For Education manufacturing, you will be responsible for the deployment of the key tools and systems used by the Manufacturing team. driving constant process, system and organizational convergence to contribute to financial benefit goals.
  • Effective communication to the Education division, the Technology & Operations Business Partners, CoE’s and their teams on the ‘Run’ environment and ‘Change’ programmes within Manufacturing.
  • Maximizing customer satisfaction by ensuring that Publishing schedules and Manufacturing execution is aligned in the delivery of services, ensuring a rapid response to issues.
  • Working in partnership with Technology and Operations CoEs and Business Partners in order to deploy robust business solutions to the UK businesses that improve margins through “business-as-usual” delivery, optimization, innovation and new service offerings.
  • Leading by example in driving culture movement to process excellence, resource optimization and innovation.
  • Creating, delivering and leading an effective Manufacturing team that ensures the business in the UK is supported effectively.

Please note that this role is a 1 year fixed term contract covering maternity leave.

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. We expect this role to require approximately 2 days per week in the Oxford office to begin with, moving to a more infrequent arrangement once onboarding and training has been completed.

About You

You’ll have proven management experience, great communication skills and enjoy engaging with internal / external stakeholders. With a record of successful delivery and high credibility you’ll be viewed as a trusted advisor.  You’ll be comfortable working across multiple initiatives and have strong delegation and empowerment skills. Solutions-focused, maintaining clear sight of longer-term outcomes, to drive shorter-term outputs.

You will have the following skills / experience:

  • Experience leading cross-functional teams with multiple stakeholders
  • Strategy planning, publishing delivery experience
  • Shaping, advising on, and delivering change programmes
  • Proven track record in driving operational execution in a publishing / manufacturing environment.
  • A proven ability to deliver projects/ programmes and an understanding of the need to work with business change management functions to embed change in an effective manner
  • Experienced delivery, tracking and reporting on complex portfolio programmes.
  • Great commercial acumen.
  • Very strong subject matter knowledge in print manufacturing.
  • Skilled at operating in a matrix environment with multiple stakeholders.


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 a great variety of active employee networks and societies. 

We help make your money go further by contributing to your pension up to 12%, 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:
    Technology and Operations
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  • Closing Date:
    6 December 2021
  • Salary:
    Dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
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    Full Time
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