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Editorial Assistant

What you’ll be doing

Reporting to the Publishing Director, you will be responsible for a wide range of administrative tasks including general office administration, running our internal systems, organising meetings, keeping minutes, overseeing our publishing critical path, updating Biblio, processing invoices, organising book proof mailouts and supporting the busy team of editors with a variety of ad hoc tasks.

You will also provide editorial support on a number of titles, including organising copyediting and proofreading, clearing permissions and writing copy.  You will read and report on submissions and liaise with authors, agents, freelancers and with colleagues across the company.

Who we are looking for

You will be supremely well organised with a meticulous eye for detail, good writing skills and impeccable grammar and spelling. You will have the ability to multi-task, prioritise and stay calm under pressure. You will also be a good communicator, a voracious reader of literary fiction and non-fiction, have a keen awareness of trends and be prepared to go the extra mile. You will be a confident user of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.

Some publishing and office experience would be an advantage, as would the ability to read in another language. Familiarity with Biblio would also be an asset.

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, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

The role will be based at our London office, Carmelite House, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

We are seeking a highly organised and motivated Editorial Assistant to join the team at Sceptre, a leading publisher of literary fiction and non-fiction.

Sceptre is the literary imprint at Hodder & Stoughton, a publisher of iconic brands and books of the year. We publish prize-winners, literary gems and conversation-starting non-fiction. Our authors include David Mitchell, Siri Hustvedt, Kevin Powers, Abi Daré, Arifa Akbar, Sjόn, Steve Toltz, Andrew Miller, Jessica Andrews, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Simon Parkin, Nicolas Mathieu, Clare Hunter, Tristan Gooley and Hans Rosling.

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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