Working for us
You will have the opportunity to manage the production of journals, reports, books and other publications, in both print and digital form, for leading publishers and public sector organisations throughout Europe.
You will have direct contact with clients and the opportunity to develop a strong personal reputation for quality, reliability and delivering results. Note that we are a specialist publishing services company: our clients are publishers, but we are not.
The skills you bring to us will determine which team you work in and which clients you work for. We generally look for people with demonstrable experience of one or more of the following:
- editorial office management
- substantive editing or rewriting
- publishing project management.
First-class technical skills are important as well (see separate panel).
- Unless otherwise stated, all posts advertised here are full-time and are based in Perth. Full-time means working 37.5 hours weekly during Monday to Friday inclusive (there is a flexible working scheme).
- All employees, unless they opt out, are automatically enrolled in a contributory pension plan (to which the company currently also contributes 5% of qualifying earnings).
- There is a scheme for providing financial support for long-term distance learning courses.
- Holiday entitlement is 29 days annually, including four company fixed days (two at Christmas and two at New Year), rising to 34 days after 3 years’ service.
- Occasional travel may be required, e.g. for training or to conferences or to clients’ offices in the UK or abroad (typically mainland Europe). This is a key requirement for all posts.
- An ideal background is a degree in science or humanities and either relevant publishing experience or a postgraduate publishing qualification. Relevant experience means experience gained in an editorial, design, production or technology environment, preferably with an STM or humanities publisher.
- We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership status, or pregnancy or maternity status.
- We do not accept applications submitted by or sent via recruitment agencies.
- All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and supply proof of this.
- We work on confidential and sensitive material. All employees must be able to pass a Disclosure Scotland background check (or other check as required by our clients).
We are looking for one or two publishing interns for summer 2020.
The job will involve assisting one or more of our production teams to deliver publications on schedule to the required level of quality. Your tasks will be tailored to the specific skills you bring but are likely to include undertaking or assisting with:
- styling and preparing files for copy-editing
- collating proofs and proofreading
- editorial office management.
You must have an excellent command of English and at least a basic understanding of scientific terminology.
You will be helping out during peak holiday season, so you will be kept busy and your contribution will certainly be valued. We can promise that you won’t be bored.
Our internships are designed to allow you to get to know the company and us to get to know you. Our internship programme is one of our principal means of recruiting new staff, and several of our current employees started out as interns. You can read about the internship experiences of some of them here.
While we can’t always guarantee that interning with us will lead to a long-term position, we can guarantee that the experience you gain will be relevant, useful and representative of what happens in a professional publishing office. And you get to meet nice people.
The internship will run from either Monday 25 May or Monday 1 June (to be mutually agreed), for a period of 13 weeks. It is a full-time post (37.5 hours weekly) based at our offices in Perth.
Unlike some companies, we aim to pay our interns a proper salary. This year the salary is £1525 per calendar month.
If you are smart, resourceful and interested, send your application to Dr Lucy Harrier by filling in our application form by noon on Friday 20 March. Tell us why you believe you would be suitable for this post, and attach a full CV.
Note: studying for or possessing a degree in an academic or publishing subject is essential.
All applications that meet the above criteria will be acknowledged. We will contact you by early April if we want to arrange an interview, which will include a short test.
Applications from postgraduate publishing students are welcome.
FAQ: Some questions asked by previous applicants, with answers