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Emerald Publishing • Hybrid, Leeds

Content Development Editor (Fixed Term Contract)

Employment type:  Contract
Salary:  circa £27,000

Remote-first – with office for co-working

Fully flexible hours

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Job Description

The Content Development Editor facilitates the Editorial onboarding of new products and content types by enabling frictionless delivery of new products into production, working primarily on our books programme.

In the role you’ll oversee the delivery of a portfolio of books in line with Emerald’s standards of timely delivery, quality, customer service, and cost control. You’ll train and support vendor Book Project Editors (BPEs) in day-to-day activities, including system support, on-time processing of books, problem solving, and effective communication to authors and book editors. You will also be involved in writing synopsis copy and liaising with designers on cover designs.

You will be working in partnership with external vendors as well as both internal and external product stakeholders, providing expert advice and guidance on the Editorial onboarding of all new products and content types.

Location: We perform at our best when we feel trusted and are able to choose an approach to working that suits us best, which is why we are a remote-first company. However, we also believe in face to face collaboration, and our UK colleagues meet once a month for team time and quarterly for company get togethers in our Leeds office, so we ask that you be within a commutable distance that you are comfortable with in order to attend the office on those occasions.

Day to day we’ll trust you to:   

  • Train, coach, and support a team of external Book Project Editors across a portfolio of allocated titles; providing expert advice on rights/permissions/copyright queries and acting as an escalation point for author and editor queries.
  • Write synopsis copy and liaising with designers on cover designs.
  • Ensure the timely announcement of titles to market using BooksoniX data management.
  • Monitor and support the work of the Book Project Editors to ensure quality control, accurate metadata and on time delivery of projects.
  • Act as a liaison between the book commissioning, production and BPE teams, reporting on allocated portfolio performance and resolving any problems that need escalation from the team.

You’ll need to have:   

  • A mindset of continuous improvement?
  • Being able to demonstrate an understanding of the changing landscape of academic publishing and the production environment.
  • A keen interest to actively participate or lead projects that support Emerald’s mission.
  • Experience of coaching, negotiating with confidence, training, and managing remote teams would be desirable.
  • The ability to work to deadlines, advanced organisation, administration, problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Experience with conflict resolution would be desirable, as well as the ability to resolve editorial conflicts and disputes across social groups and cultures.

What’s in it for you?

At Emerald, we value our people. Becoming a part of our team means you’ll join a trusting and flexible environment and we've been flexified so you can trust that we're a truly flexible workplace. All we ask is that you attend the office once a month to come together with work colleagues. You'll also have numerous opportunities to progress your career, as well as access to professional development and the opportunity to learn new skills.

You’ll receive a wide range of benefits, such as 38 days annual leave (inclusive of bank holidays, remote flexible working, a discretionary performance bonus, 6% pension contribution and various benefits aimed at supporting your wellbeing and work-life balance such as a working from home allowance. You can check out a full list of our benefits here.

Roles are advertised at a benchmarked market median rate. Offers will be made within a range of the median, depending on skills and experience.

Please note - Applicants must be authorized to work in the UK without restrictions or sponsorship. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.

Emerald Group is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all of our applicants. If you would like to request any accommodations/adjustments from application through to interview stages, please complete the relevant section within the application or contact us at peopleteam@emerald.com and let us know.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 16 weeks full pay, 16 weeks half pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 4 weeks full pay
Adoption leave – 16 weeks full pay, 16 weeks half pay
Shared parental leave
Work from anywhere scheme – In-country
30 days annual leave + bank holidays
Work from home allowance
Pregnancy loss leave
Carer’s leave
Tax-free childcare
Compassionate leave
Buy or sell annual leave
Cycle to work scheme
On-site gym
Life assurance
Annual pay rises
Annual bonus
Volunteer days – 2 paid days per year
Charity donation scheme
Employee assistance programme
Employee discounts
Summer Fridays - Friday afternoons off during the summer period
2 annual volunteering days
Emerald Extras - discounts /cashback schemes
Moments that Matter days
Regional variances apply to our regional offices

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options Emerald Publishing provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Emerald Publishing is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

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