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Editorial Assistant, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

What you’ll be doing

You will provide administrative support across our diverse range of titles, from children’s books through to professional guides. Working primarily within our Mental Health and Social Care team, you will ensure that metadata is kept up to date and will work closely with authors and editors on manuscripts -- overseeing all essential tasks, from contract to publication. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in researching new publications, and will support the development of JKP’s portfolio of digital and online products.

You will have responsibility for managing your own workload, and will work collaboratively with colleagues across JKP in supporting the acquisitions department’s strategic goals.

This is a fantastic role for anyone in the early stages of their publishing career, providing you with an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of publishing as an active member of our energetic, friendly acquisitions team.

Who we are looking for

We’d love to hear from you if you:

  • thrive in a team environment where you are encouraged to share ideas,
  • are comfortable managing your workload, balancing priorities and anticipating regular deadlines,
  • are a stickler for detail - ensuring our databases are kept up to date and accurate,
  • are a natural communicator - at ease building strong working relationships with colleagues and authors,
  • are a talented copywriter, able to write compelling marketing and sales copy to promote JKP’s books and resources,
  • love the challenge of finding solutions to problems,
  • have a curiosity for learning and an eagerness to try new things,
  • are passionate about driving social change.

Experience of developing digital and online products is desirable but not essential.

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, Private Medical Insurance, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 volunteer days per year to use at your charity of choice, many employee networks to join, delicious subsidized canteen food, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

This role can be based at our London office, or at any of our new regional offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Bristol.

The role will begin working from home due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions, but once normality resumes this role will be based at one of our UK offices, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

JKP is an award-winning, global publisher with a strong social justice agenda. We believe in empowering individuals through information and knowledge and aim to drive social change by celebrating diversity and equality for all. We have long been known for our pioneering publishing; we publish in the social and mental health sciences and have a market leading portfolio of books on the autism spectrum and on gender diversity. JKP’s sister imprint, Singing Dragon, specialises in books on Chinese Medicine, nutrition, yoga therapy and allied fields.

Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking junior roles. For more information visit www.booktradeentrysupport.org

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