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Project Controller (Fixed term maternity cover for 6 months)

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

Please note this is a Fixed Term Contract / Secondment for 6 months (maternity cover)

We are looking to recruit a Project Controller position for secondment of six months minimum (mat cover). The role is responsible for providing first-class project management to Design teams and supporting Editorial teams around the procurement of media assets and services across all School and Children’s publishing.

This includes providing:

  • picture research expertise;
  • effective asset and data management;
  • contract management;
  • collaboration with freelancers and offshore suppliers;
  • schedule and budget management; and
  • general administrative tasks, including office management and event coordination.

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. 

About You

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Proactive, positive and enthusiastic with a can-do attitude
  • Social skills, active listening skills, confident to challenge and ask questions in order to build and manage strong working relationships
  • Friendly and empathetic approach to working with other teams
  • Ability to manage own workload whilst also being a strong team player
  • Passionate about delivering excellent service; is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers, always acting with customers in mind.
  • Keen attention to detail and confidence in checking quality of data
  • Strong, confident and clear communication skills
  • Excellent organization and time management skills


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.


When applying for a secondment, you must discuss the opportunity and gain approval with your line manager/department in advance of submitting an application.

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OUP UK - Oxford
Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Division:
    Technology and Operations
  • Department:
    Publishing and Content Operations
  • Closing Date:
    5 December 2021
  • Salary:
    Salary dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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