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Publicity and Marketing Assistant

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

We are looking for a Publicity and Marketing Assistant to provide general office support to the publicity and Trade marketing teams.  Ideally, you will have an interest in publicity and marketing, publishing, and media, and will be an excellent communicator.

Duties of the role will include:

  • Ensuring the smooth running of the publicity department, and assisting with the smooth running of the Trade Marketing department, as assigned by the Director of Publicity and Trade Marketing, and Publicity Manager.
  • Maintaining databases, conducting research to support publicity and marketing campaigns, and building contacts and relationships with the media, especially the trade press.
  • Responding to all phone calls, emails, and enquiries to the publicity email inbox, and directing enquiries to appropriate publicists.
  • General office support: office supplies, compiling press materials and sending books out for review, processing author mail, sorting department mail, circulating reviews, maintaining subscriptions and reading the publications we receive, and other departmental support as needed.
  • Assisting publicity team with sending out publicity alerts/updates, logging publicity coverage, and set up searches for clippings/reviews.
  • Assist publicity team with campaigns/tours; setting up events.

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 3 days per week in the Oxford office.

About You


  • Excellent writing skills, and highly organized
  • Creative, enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Familiarity with key print and electronic book contacts
  • Confident dealing with the media and authors, being able to communicate effectively
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously


  • Book publicity experience


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:
  • Department:
    GAB Trade Publicity
  • Closing Date:
    1 December 2021
  • Salary:
    In the region of £20,000, dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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