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Senior Production Editor (Fixed Term Contract)

About the Role

We have a great opportunity to progress your career as a Senior Production Editor, aligned to our ELT division. Working flexibly across sectors and markets, you will be managing complex print and digital products from handover of developed content to final print or digital output format, ensuring the editorial quality of final outputs and utilizing standard processes, systems and workflows. You will ensure content is delivered to the agreed publishing date and specifications and is consistent with the Divisions’ Strategic Objectives and Mission Success Factors.

Key duties of the role will include:

  • Editing - After handover of developed content, prepare print and digital content for transformation into the appropriate output format, including as required: detailed check of styling, copy-editing and proofreading, and briefing and checking of digital assets. Check content and product functionality at defined stages prior to final publication to deliver an agreed standard of quality, accuracy and consistency and meet the project brief and customer requirements.
  • Project Management - Working with senior editorial colleagues and cross-functional teams, to plan, the Content Production stages of complex multi-component projects, ensuring timely delivery of products within the agreed scope and cost. Create and monitor schedules relevant to content production stages. Select, brief and oversee the work of external suppliers according to the requirements of the project, and carry out appropriate quality checks, raising any risks and issues in a timely way with the project owner.  
  • Budget management - Supply forecasts for allocated projects, and manage allocated budgets for external suppliers, communicating any over/underspend to senior colleagues.
  • Communications and cross-functional team working - Maintain communications within the cross-functional team and appropriate colleagues in other departments including regular updates on work in progress schedules and costs to project stakeholders.
  • Training and mentoring - Train and mentor Production Editors and other editorial colleagues on systems, processes, workflows and tools, to ensure effective performance.
  • Continuous improvement - Identify continuous improvement and innovation opportunities and work with colleagues to ensure that best practice, new processes, workflows, systems and lessons learned are implemented effectively.

This position is a fixed term maternity cover role for six months, with possibility of extension.

This position offers the option of being office-based or mostly remote working – if mostly remote there would be a requirement for infrequent days working in our Oxford office.

About You

You will have:

  • Significant editorial experience in ELT or educational publishing, including experience of copy-editing, proofreading and editing digital components.
  • Experience of project managing either print or digital content production.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience of working as part of a team.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Well-developed organisational skills, including an ability to prioritise.


  • Experience of budget management.
  • Experience of commissioning and managing the work of external suppliers.
  • Experience of training and mentoring on workflows, processes and tools.
  • A background or interest in ELT.


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. 

Equal Opportunities

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:
    Technology and Operations
  • Department:
    Publishing and Content Operations
  • Closing Date:
    24 October 2021
  • Salary:
    Dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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