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.

We are a Living Wage Employer

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
  • writing
  • substantive editing or rewriting
  • copy-editing
  • proofreading
  • publishing project management.

First-class technical skills are important as well (see separate panel).

Important information
  • 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).

Current vacancies

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Coronavirus impact

While the Coronavirus restrictions are in effect, we will not be able to hold in-person job interviews. We view these interviews as essential in selecting candidates and currently do not plan to replace them with online interviews.

We will continue to evaluate applications we receive, but any interviews will take place after restrictions have been lifted and normal life has resumed.

Please note that if restrictions are still in place in mid- to late April, we may not be able to arrange interviews or offer any internships this year, as the role will involve training, support and team working that cannot be done remotely.

Beth, who interned with us in 2019 and is now a project editor

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 24 April. Tell us why you believe you would be suitable for this post, and attach a full CV.

The original closing date of 20 March has been extended.

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 May if we want to arrange an interview, which will include a short test.

Applications from postgraduate publishing students are welcome.


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FAQ: Some questions asked by previous applicants, with answers


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Rhiannon and Alex, members of our technology team

We are looking for a technology intern for summer 2020. You will be part of our small technical team, which provides application development and technical support to production staff. You may also have the opportunity to become involved in typesetting and layout.

Your tasks will be tailored to the specific skills you bring but are likely to include undertaking or assisting with:

  • maintenance of and applying software updates to our fleet of Apple Mac devices
  • application support and troubleshooting
  • development and testing of MS Office macros in VBA
  • development and testing of in-house applications and scripts in AppleScript, JavaScript or other languages
  • development and improvement of our WordPress-based website.

You will have a solid understanding of the macOS environment, including at least a basic familiarity with Terminal commands and shell scripts, and be comfortable helping others with their macOS and application issues. You will be familiar with at least one high-level programming language (exactly which is less important than your understanding of programming concepts, but practical experience in AppleScript, JavaScript or VBA will be advantageous). You will be comfortable with HTML and XML, and ideally have experience in creating or editing XSL style sheets.

As the team you will be working in is also responsible for typesetting and layout, you will be at an advantage if you can also show skills in this area. For example, if you have experience working with Adobe InDesign or Illustrator, we would be happy to hear from you. Above all, you will need to be flexible and able to turn your hand to many different tasks.

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 24 April. 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 the end of April if we want to arrange an interview, which will include a short test.

Applications from postgraduate publishing students are welcome.

Apply now!

FAQ: Some questions asked by previous applicants, with answers