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Position available: Production Editor / Senior Production Editor

Production Editor / Senior Production Editor

Widely recognized for its progressive and energetic approach to publishing, Liverpool University Press (LUP) is an award-winning scholarly publisher, producing 150 books every year, 40 academic journals and a number of digital collections. The Press has grown significantly in recent years and is located in a beautifully refurbished Georgian townhouse on the edge of the University of Liverpool campus.

Job Description

Primary duties:

  • Oversee the production of books from receipt of unedited content to delivery of final printed and electronic products
  • Do preparation work on manuscripts (including checking Word documents and assessing the suitability of images) before handing over material to the project manager for copyediting, typesetting, proof correction, and index creation
  • Liaise with the author(s) and respond to queries throughout the production process
  • Oversee a team of freelance suppliers, maintaining agreed schedules and budgets
  • Check files prior to sending books to print
  • Liaise with printers (including transferring files, checking printer proofs, ensuring quality of printed material, and confirming delivery of printed material to distributors, subscribers, and authors)
  • Oversee conversion of material to various electronic formats, working with third-party suppliers
  • Report to colleagues (including the Head of Production and finance team members) on publication schedules
  • Generate purchase orders for invoices
  • Attend editorial and management meetings as required
  • Assist the rest of the production team as needed

Qualifications and experience:

  • Minimum 1 year of experience working in book or journal production at an academic publisher required for Production Editor position
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience preferred, in which instance the candidate will be considered for Senior Production Editor position with greater autonomy
  • Proven experience with copyediting and proofreading
  • Outstanding written English
  • A degree-level qualification in a relevant field. A postgraduate degree may be advantageous.
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Confidence to work unsupervised and to prioritize a complex workload
  • Good communications skills, primarily using email but also for face-to-face and online meetings

Further details

Salary: £23,000 plus bonus (Production Editor); £26,000 plus bonus (Senior Production Editor)

Benefits include 36 days holiday plus Bank Holidays and excellent pension scheme.

Liverpool University Press offers both hybrid working (2 days in the office, 3 days from home) and flexible start, finish and lunch times to support the work/life balance for staff.

We are an equal opportunities employer assessing every application on merit alone.

To apply:

Please email a CV and covering letter to Patrick Brereton, Head of Production, patrick.brereton@liverpool.ac.uk

Closing date:  Noon on Friday 8th October

Interviews will be held on Zoom on Friday 15th October.


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