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Editorial Assistant, Summersdale

Who we are and what we do

Summersdale, one of the UK’s largest gift and humour publishers, presents a rare and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and organised Editorial Assistant with creative flair and commercial awareness to join the team at their offices in Chichester.

What you’ll be doing

Reporting to the Editorial Director (dotted line to the Managing Editor) you will assist them, and the Editorial team on a variety of tasks with in-house training provided. These will include:

  • Copy-editing and proofreading
  • Blurb and copy writing
  • Contributing to the development and creation of new book ideas – via regular editorial meetings
  • Compilation of text for new titles, including some creative writing tasks where appropriate
  • Market/competition research and photo and picture research
  • Content development/layout design briefing
  • Cover ideas development and layout/design briefing
  • Shutterstock image credit compilation
  • Managing editorial processes (in-house and freelance) for each title and working to set deadlines
  • Preparing a manuscript for typesetting
  • Checking freelance work/responding to and incorporating freelance feedback
  • Liaising with authors and freelancers throughout the editorial process
  • Regularly updating the project management system (Stison)
  • Processing invoices from freelancers and recording freelance expenses
  • Occasional minute taking at company meetings
  • Occasional help with franking and taking post to Post Office 

Who we’re looking for

You will have a good academic record, and will be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and organisational skills as well as a genuine commitment to a career in publishing. Some publishing  experience preferable. Candidates will also need to demonstrate that they have:

  • A hands-on approach and willing to get stuck-in!
  • First class writing skills and an excellent eye for detail
  • A strong eye for design and creative flair
  • Commercial awareness
  • Initiative and the ability to handle a fast-paced environment
  • Self-motivation

What we offer

We offer a competitive benefits package together with a creative, fast-paced and fun working environment.

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.

Closing date: 10th June. If you do not hear back from us by the 14th June, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Salary: £21,000

To apply: Please send your CV and covering letter giving reasons why you think you would be right for the role to: Charlotte Williams – Associate Director.