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Senior Designer

We are the world’s largest university press. We have both a worldwide reach and a personal understanding of local needs, partnering on the ground to adapt publications and resources to meet the individual needs of communities, societies, and countries. We partner with researchers, educators, and technology partners to stay ahead of the changing ways people around the world are accessing and sharing knowledge. With a presence in more than 50 countries and millions of customers around the world, an idea launched at OUP can have global impact.


About the Role

This is a very busy and exciting creative role within our English Language Teaching division. You will have the opportunity to work on some of our most important and market-leading educational materials for those learning English worldwide. You will lead on the design of highly illustrated content, and be responsible for managing projects all the way from initial concept through to final delivery, using your business skills and creative thinking.

The role is varied and includes working across existing brands as well as forming new ones. It involves producing layouts, templates and cover designs, branding for print and digital products, guidelines for marketing collateral, and managing external suppliers.

Please note the official title for this role is Design Manager.

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

As a good communicator you will be confident when presenting ideas to colleagues and experienced in developing ideas as part of a cross-functional team. Your portfolio will show a broad range of concept design, typographic, layout, and visualizing skills, with a solid understanding of print and digital.


  • Experience of project management including managing freelance suppliers
  • Professional design experience in publishing
  • Knowledge of pre-press and production techniques
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe CC InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Knowledge of other CC applications a plus
  • Ability to prioritize and manage a challenging workload in order to meet deadlines


  • Good knowledge of automation techniques in InDesign
  • Experience in creating digital product and an understanding of XML, HTML5 and CSS
  • Understanding of UI and UX theories in relation to design solutions
  • Experience of negotiating fees and managing budgets
  • Experience of ELT Design

Please provide examples of your work when applying, either as a PDF or as a link to your portfolio website (Mac users – please ensure that any uploaded files have appropriate file extensions and can be viewed on a PC).



We really care about your work / life balance here at OUP. With this in mind, we’re offering 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 support regular remote working for this position. 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% of base salary, 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 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:
    English Language Teaching
  • Department:
  • Closing Date:
    24 October 2021
  • Salary:
    £28,000 to £34,000 depending on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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