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Rights Assistant

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford, which furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

The Education Division provides books and resources across Primary, Secondary, Trade and Children's markets, both for the UK and for customers around the world. We are passionately committed to our mission to educate and inspire through book, board and screen.

About the Role

The Rights team is a fast-growing and successful team who are responsible for selling rights for the Educational Division’s content around the world.

We are currently looking to recruit a bright, self-motivated and systems-savvy individual to play a key role in our high-achieving team. You will work alongside team members, supporting rights sales across our varied and fun list, liaising with our international customers, internal & external OUP teams, publishers, authors and agents across the world.  You will provide administrative and technical support to the team in all its sales activities including deal processing, data inputting and updating sales records - stream-lining work processes as needed. 

This is a good opportunity for anyone who enjoys a varied and multiple workload, and who is seeking a career in Rights and licensing sales and/or publishing (children’s and educational in particular), and seeking to work in a truly international and global customer-facing environment.

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 – but in the main this position is Oxford based.  

N.B We recommend applying as soon as possible as the advert may close earlier than the date stated.


About You

You will need to demonstrate:

  • Interest in and knowledge of the role of Rights, and Children’s and/or Educational publishing.
  • First class organizational and administrative skills with the ability to manage and problem-solve efficiently, a varied and on-going workload.
  • A methodical and attentive-to-detail approach to work, with the ability to work to deadlines.
  • Competent IT skills, demonstrating confidence in learning new software systems quickly, and an aptitude for data entry.
  • Excellent communication skills, confidence and ‘can do’ attitude to be effective with a wide range of customers and in-house colleagues.
  • Resilient team player with the ability to work on your own initiative, problem-solve and work independently, with a positive approach to work and strong work ethic.

The following would be an advantage but are not essential:

  • SAP experience is desirable, as is experience in a publishing company.
  • An international outlook and desire to work in global environment and international sales.
  • Language 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.

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OUP UK - Oxford
Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK, OX2 6DP
  • Division:
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  • Closing Date:
    31 January 2022
  • Salary:
    Up to £25,000 dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Postcode:
    OX2 6DP
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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