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Product Delivery Manager - Primary Literacy

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 our new Product Delivery Manager for Primary Literacy, you will be responsible for successfully managing the delivery of complex print and digital products through the production process using the most efficient and effective methods, to budget for and to build teams of in-house and freelance editors to achieve schedule dates.

You will work collaboratively with publishing teams to drive quality assurance for all content creation and production stages to ensure products are accurate, appropriate, and accessible for the target audiences, and are consistent with the project brief. You will identify, manage, and mitigate risks and issues.

Creating and overseeing schedules and managing publishing projects through production process, you will embed project management infrastructures into publishing projects, demonstrating exemplary working practices and seeking opportunities to streamline workflows and improve efficiency of work, process and communications, using systems and technologies to their full potential. You will anticipate risks, plan ahead, allocate resource, and problem solve to ensure that products come out efficiently and on time.

In collaboration with editorial colleagues, you will recruit, negotiate rates with, manage, prioritise workloads of the best freelance editors, casual workers and packagers. You will, create freelance budgets for new projects, track and manage the budgets, reviewing actual costs against budgets regularly and mitigating risks as needed.

You will communicate effectively with staff, other departments, and your manager to ensure that all are aware of the drivers for success in projects, that inter-departmental teams have all the information they need about the target audience, the competitive environment, and the priority and budget for all projects.

We operate a hybrid working policy that requires a minimum of 2 days per week in the Oxford office. 

About You

You will have:

  • Editorial experience gained in educational publishing across print and digital
  • A track record of managing and delivering complex editorial projects
  • Excellent organisation, time and project management experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication experience – this is a service-focused role requiring frequent interaction with multiple people
  • Strong experience of Microsoft Office Suite – including Excel, Word
  • Experience of leveraging data and metrics
  • Experience of adapting approach to be flexible, learning and adapting to change – updating knowledge as required
  • Experience of managing people as part of a project team
  • Experience of working with systems and processes and supporting others
  • Knowledge of UK education market and its customers is desirable


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 to working patterns, 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, OX2 6DP
  • Division:
  • Department:
    OEUK English Primary Literacy
  • Closing Date:
    8 June 2023
  • Salary:
    In the region of £34,000 dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Postcode:
    OX2 6DP
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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