Emerald Publishing • Hybrid, Leeds

Customer Support Executive

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £21,000 - £28,000 / year

Remote-first – With Office for Co-Working

Fully flexible hours

Job Description

Working with Support colleagues in the UK, US and Malaysia, you will be responsible for the administration of online support queries for Emerald’s electronic products and maintaining a front-line service for our customers. You will also be involved in providing quality assurance testing for new and existing electronic products and be involved in related projects for service enhancements. Customer Support also act as the voice of the customer when escalating bugs and incidents to the Platform team.

Please note: whilst we work mostly remotely, the successful candidate will be be expected to join the team in our office in Leeds at least once a month, and for company days quarterly.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Day to day we’ll trust you to:

  • Ensure all customer queries into the support desk are responded to in a timely, accurate and efficient manner
  • Ensure that customer access to our websites is set up correctly once their account and subscription details are active
  • Set up and amend trial access to Emerald’s products for new and existing customers
  • Set up and amend journal access to Emerald’s products for our author community
  • Maintain an excellent working knowledge of Emerald’s electronic products/services, business models and websites
  • Assist customers with general website use, usage reports, profile creation and site navigation
  • Subject matter expert for functional areas of the Emerald websites including search, browse, library administration, e-commerce, customer access and authentication
  • Investigate ways in which the department can improve customer support services by either amending current processes or implementing new ones
  • Ensure that help files are maintained in line with developments of the Emerald web platforms
  • Help with the standardization of responses to customer queries to improve departmental efficiency and consistency
  • Raise bugs, incidents and change requests where appropriate, ensuring escalation procedures are adhered to.

You’ll need to have:

  • Prior experience within a web customer support/service role is essential (Minimum 1 year)
  • The successful candidate will have excellent IT skills, be familiar with web technologies and have the ability to learn new systems quickly
  • You must have excellent communication skills and be able to articulate technical and sometimes complex issues in a user-friendly manner
  • A working knowledge of federated access through OpenAthens/Shibboleth (SAML 2.0) would be advantageous
  • You must be well organized and adaptable to the changing demands of the role
  • Accuracy and attention to detail are essential and the ability to think logically is vital
  • Must be committed to delivering exceptional customer service in line with Emerald Publishing’s values

Desirable Attributes:

  • Experience within the publishing industry would be an advantage
  • A degree of flexibility is desirable as we provide help-desk support to our international customer base and colleagues in regional offices
  • Experience of using SaaS Customer Support software (FreshDesk)

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. 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 30 days annual leave, remote flexible working, up to 20% performance bonus, 6% pension contribution and various benefits aimed at supporting your wellbeing and work-life balance.

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.

Working at Emerald Publishing

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

UK, China, USA, Dubai, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia

Hiring Countries

South Africa
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
Media & Agencies

Media & Agencies

Industry awards 2023
Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2023
2nd – Media

2nd – Media

Industry awards 2022

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