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Publisher, International Secondary STEM (Fixed Term Contract)

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 we all care deeply about reaching more people, in more places, with world-class learning and research materials and services.

About the Role

This is a key role in the International Secondary team to ensure we deliver our ambitious publishing plans. You will research and develop concepts, as well as delivering new publishing for the varied international schools’ market, including: supporting key growth areas in STEM, leading on the Skills strategy, acting as Product Lead for Secondary MyiMaths, undertaking research into new products and new editions of our market-leading International Baccalaureate (IB) resources and developing digital subscriptions.

Duties of the role include:

  • Develop and maintain in-depth knowledge of target markets and competitor activity in order to contribute to the forward content strategy for International Secondary lists.
  • Maintain detailed knowledge of the International Baccalaureate secondary backlist and forward plans, with a focus on STEM.
  • Collaborate with Sales and Marketing colleagues to shape and position integrated product and service offers for specific segments to meet customers/user needs.
  • Demonstrate highly effective commissioning skills and expert product development skills, monitor quality and problem-solve to ensure content is appropriate and accessible for the target audience.
  • Identify, recruit, and motivate skilled authors, reviewers and advisors, maintaining strong and effective relationships.
  • Advise on first cost and required freelance budgets and lead on project costings, maximising financial viability.
  • Create and oversee project schedules and manage projects through to delivery, liaising closely with authors, the IB, the International Editorial Team, International Editorial Digital Lead, and Design, Production, and Digital teams.
  • Demonstrate highly effective inter-departmental communication.
  • Build effective relationships with schools, subject experts and relevant partners in the international education space.

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

About You

  • Experience of researching, commissioning and overseeing the successful delivery of print and digital projects.
  • A STEM background.
  • Understanding of the challenges faced by teachers and secondary students when using English resources in an international and/or EAL context.
  • Financial literacy and the ability to assess and manage project viability.
  • Proven communication, collaboration, and project management skills.
  • Previous commissioning experience, ideally in a similar field.

Please note that this is a 1 year fixed term contract.  As an internal candidate, when applying for a secondment, you must discuss the opportunity and gain approval with your line manager/department in advance of submitting an application.


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:
    OEINT Product
  • Closing Date:
    27 September 2023
  • Salary:
    Dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Postcode:
    OX2 6DP
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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