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Content Editor, Collins Learning in London at HARPERCOLLINS

Date Posted: 9/13/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Collins has been publishing educational and informative books for almost 200 years. Throughout this rich heritage we have maintained an impressive record in creating market-leading products across various sectors. Our publishing for schools continues to deliver up-to-date and engaging student resources and exceptional teacher support to help schools tackle new initiatives and utilise the latest technology. We produce resources for UK and International curricula to support teachers and pupils at school and outside the classroom environment.

An editor who can support the Product Development team in ensuring projects are completed efficiently and to a high standard through a variety of administrative and editorial tasks, while developing a growing understanding of editorial process. You will be keen to learn, and looking to develop your capabilities in the following areas of print and digital publishing: briefing and managing copy editorial, proofreading, design and illustration; project management; content development; commissioning; author management; contracts and legal.


  • Supports senior project lead in contractual admin, cost requests etc.
  • Ensures good and timely communication with authors.
  • Administrative tasks involved with set up and management of copy-editorial, design and proofreading.
  • Manages some external contributors/freelancers
  • Runs final checks on MS before passing to design, manages resolution of queries
  • Collates comments on proofs, manages resolution of queries
  • Conducts picture research
  • Manages cover processes from agreed concept to final cover
  • Editorial administrative support for ongoing product management
  • May copy-edit and/or proofread if required
  • Manages and records plant spend vs budget with support from line manager
  • May run small projects with support from a Product Developer
  • Helps us to continually refine and improve our processes

Key Skills/Experience

  • Demonstrable editorial experience in educational publishing
  • Worked with teams of authors and freelancers, especially to strict deadlines
  • Clear, effective and engaging communication skills
  • Unswerving attention to detail - in products and in planning
  • Excellent organisation, time and resource management with realistic goals
  • Proactive in trouble-shooting and solving problems - knows when to seek guidance
  • Flexibility - ability to juggle demanding workload and prioritise
  • Confident with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Upbeat, enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Relishes challenge
  • Remains calm and focused when working under a heavy workload
  • A team player, keen to learn, help and share knowledge
  • Diplomatic
  • Has a genuine interest in educational publishing and its opportunities/challenges
  • Gets things done

We're based in the News Building which we share with our News UK and Dow Jones colleagues in the newly-established London Bridge Quarter, opposite the famous Borough Market. Our new open-plan office has amazing views across London, and includes a variety of break-out areas to aid inspiration and a collaborative approach, a multi-media suite, and a fabulous canteen floor and book shop.

Please apply via the link below with your CV, cover letter and salary expectations. Early applications may be prioritised.

Please note: We consider all applicants based on their skills, experience and ability to do the job. We do not unfairly discriminate on the basis of convictions or other personal information. We do require candidates to undergo employment screening in accordance with the relevant local legislation. This will only happen at the point an offer of employment is made.

Overview of HarperCollins

Our mission at HarperCollins is to harness the power of great publishing and to amplify it through world class marketing, global strength, and relentless innovation. We are all working towards the same goal, and we do it guided by what matters most to us. The culture at HarperCollins is defined by our six values, which inform our everyday actions and the way we behave. From Finance to Editorial, our values shape the way we work.

PUTTING OUR AUTHORS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING. Their success is our first concern.

WORKING TOGETHER. Sharing responsibility, helping colleagues, listening well, embracing difference, and enjoying what we do.

LEARNING & ADAPTING. Taking smart risks, learning from experience without blame and being both curious and willing to change.

LOOKING OUT AS WELL AS IN. Understanding the consumer, the marketplace and the competitive environment.

LEADING NOT FOLLOWING. Staying ahead, looking to the future, being bold and always aiming to be the best.

INTEGRITY IN ALL WE DO. Timely, open and honest communication, being fair, principled and respectful.