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 EmployerYou 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 strong 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 in demand too (see the side panel), but not as frequently as those listed above.

We plan to open an office in the Netherlands later this year. Depending on your skills and abilities and our business needs, you could have the opportunity to work for us there, either on a short-term placement (3–6 months) or on a more long-term basis.

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).
  • 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).
  • There is a company pension plan and a scheme for providing financial support for long-term distance learning courses.
  • 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.

Current vacancies

Please use the tabs below to navigate to particular jobs. We are currently looking for a project editor and two summer interns.

We are now seeking an experienced project editor to work in one of our teams providing editing and other services to publishers and public sector organisations. This is a permanent role with a 6-month probationary period.

About the job

You will work on research articles, policy documents and long-form reports in the fields of science, medicine, public health, the environment, law, international affairs, and finance and banking, amongst others.

You will have contact with authors, academic editors, clients and suppliers (e.g. typesetters, technologists) to ensure that quality and production schedules are maintained.

A substantial part of the work will involve copy-editing and rewriting and, therefore, an excellent command of English is required along with the ability to understand complex text written by non-native English speakers and turn this into clear, readily understandable English.

Some assignments must be carried out to short deadlines, so speed is as important as high quality and teamwork.

The salary for this post will be in the range £18,900 to £26,250. Successful applicants with little or no relevant publishing experience will start at the bottom of the grade. A relevant postgraduate qualification, e.g. PhD or MSc in publishing, will also be taken into consideration when determining starting salary.

For this post we are looking for candidates with previous experience of project management in the publishing sector. If you have significant experience of publishing, including substantial copy-editing, proofreading and project management experience, we may consider you for the post of project leader, for which the salary scale is £26,250 to £33,600.

About you

Emma Warbrick, one of our current Project Editors

For this post you must have a good degree in an academic subject and understand the academic publishing process. You should also have previous experience of working in the publishing sector.

Experience of science, medical or humanities copy-editing and/or writing will be advantageous, and excellent spelling and grammar are essential. You must also be completely at ease with new technology and be able to make advanced use of software packages such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Pro. You will need to be well organised, meticulous and resourceful, and able to solve problems on your own.

You will have sound communication skills, and be able to communicate appropriately with authors, academic editors, clients and suppliers. You will be happy working alone and with colleagues as part of a team.

You must be eligible to work in the UK.

How to apply

If you are interested here is what to do:

  • describe your publishing career and experience and explain why you are suitable for this post
  • attach a full CV in MS Word or PDF format
  • include your current salary and/or salary expectations.

Send your application to Dr Lucy Harrier using our application form. Please let us know where you first saw this vacancy.

Applications close at 17:00 on Friday 14 April. Everyone who applies will receive an acknowledgement.

Frequently asked questions

Yes. All reasonable travel expenses to and from Perth will be paid. At the interview you will receive an expense claim form.
As long as you possess a degree in an academic subject we have no preference. For information, about two-thirds of our employees have degree in a science subject (mostly life sciences but also engineering and mathematics) and the other third have a degree in a humanities subject (mostly English but also languages, history and law). Just under a half have a PhD. A postgraduate publishing qualification will be advantageous.
Apply now!
We are looking for a publishing intern for summer 2017.

The job will involve assisting one 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 project editors
  • collating proofs and proofreading
  • editorial office management

You will 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.

Kirsty joined us last summer as an intern and is now a Project Editor.

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 and 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 29 May or Monday 6 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 pay our interns a proper salary. This year the salary is £1375 per calendar month.

If you are smart, resourceful and interested, send your application to Dr Lucy Harrier by filling in our application form by 17:00 on Friday 14 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

Assisting with editorial office systems for managing peer review of academic journals, collating proofs, preparing files for copy-editing and assisting project editors in preparing files for press or web publication. You will be trained and shown what to do. We do not expect any previous knowledge of publishing.
  • Follow our requirements closely and submit as comprehensive an application as possible. If you don’t explain why you are suitable or supply a full c.v. you are unlikely to be interviewed.
  • Your cover letter is vital as it tells us how good you are at conveying information – the core service we provide. It should have impeccable spelling and grammar. Tell us what you can offer, not just how you expect to benefit from the internship.
  • Please try not to ask us questions that have been answered in this list.
  • Note that studying for or possessing a degree in a publishing or academic subject is essential.
The test consists of general knowledge questions, for example about current affairs, spelling and grammar. We may also ask you to edit a few paragraphs of text that needs improvement. It will take about 30 minutes.
The publications we work on are mostly, but not exclusively, on subjects such as animal health, banking, biochemistry, drugs and drug addiction, environmental affairs, European affairs, finance, health technology, health and safety, human rights, law, medicine, microbiology, molecular biology, neurology, public health, soil science, and general scientific research policy. We operate in the areas of publishing usually known as scholarly, academic or business publishing.

Please note: we do not work on literary fiction nor, in general, on titles for trade publishing. We do not work in advertising or marketing and do not produce promotional material.

Not really. We may be able to accommodate small changes, perhaps up to a week, but it is probably best to assume that we can’t.
Yes. You will be entitled to just over 6 days’ holiday. These may be taken at mutually agreed dates.
No, doing so would largely defeat the purpose of the internship and the nature of the work requires your presence in our offices.
No. The internship post is for one person.
No. This is a full-time position.
Yes. Travel expenses from a UK address to our offices in Perth and back will be paid (you will be given a budget when asked to interview). At the interview you will receive an expense claim form.
No, not for this post. Also, the test requires your presence.
We usually receive well over 100 applications for an internship post.
We have no preference. The post is open to anyone studying for or possessing a degree in a publishing or academic subject. For information, about two-thirds of our employees have degree in a science subject (mostly life sciences but also engineering and mathematics) and the other third have a degree in a humanities subject (mostly English but also languages, history and law).
We are looking for a typesetting and layout intern for summer 2017.

The job will involve assisting our technical team, which provides typesetting, application development and technical support. Your tasks will be tailored to the specific skills you bring but are likely to include undertaking or assisting with:

  • the layout of academic and scientific books, journals and reports for print and digital publication
  • applying proof corrections to typeset files
  • drawing or redrawing line artwork such as charts and graphs and manipulating images

You will have a good design sense and sound appreciation of typesetting and typography.

As the team you will be working in is also responsible for technical support and development, you will be at an advantage if you can also show skills in this area.

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 and 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 29 May or Monday 6 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 pay our interns a proper salary. This year the salary is £1375 per calendar month.

If you are smart, resourceful and interested, send your application to Rhiannon Miller by filling in our application form by 17:00 on Friday 14 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 or design students are welcome.

Apply now!

FAQ: Some questions asked by previous applicants, with answers

You will mostly be working on scientific and technical books and reports, laid out to previously created templates. There may also be some original design work. You will be trained and shown what to do. We do not expect any previous knowledge of the publishing industry, but we do expect good basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud software, particularly InDesign.
  • Follow our requirements closely and submit as comprehensive an application as possible. If you don’t explain why you are suitable or supply a full c.v. you are unlikely to be interviewed.
  • Your cover letter is vital as it tells us how good you are at conveying information – the core service we provide. Tell us what you can offer, not just how you expect to benefit from the internship.
  • Please try not to ask us questions that have been answered in this list.
  • Note that studying for or possessing a degree in a publishing or academic subject is essential.
The test consists of general knowledge questions, for example about current affairs, spelling and grammar. We may also ask you to reproduce or alter a simple layout. It will take about 30 minutes.
The publications we work on are mostly, but not exclusively, on subjects such as animal health, banking, biochemistry, drugs and drug addiction, environmental affairs, European affairs, finance, health technology, health and safety, human rights, law, medicine, microbiology, molecular biology, neurology, public health, soil science, and general scientific research policy. We operate in the areas of publishing usually known as scholarly, academic or business publishing.

Please note: we do not work on literary fiction nor, in general, on titles for trade publishing. We do not work in advertising or marketing and do not produce promotional material.

Not really. We may be able to accommodate small changes, perhaps up to a week, but it is probably best to assume that we can’t.
Yes. You will be entitled to just over 6 days’ holiday. These may be taken at mutually agreed dates.
No, doing so would largely defeat the purpose of the internship and the nature of the work requires your presence in our offices.
No. The internship post is for one person.
No. This is a full-time position.
Yes. Travel expenses from a UK address to our offices in Perth and back will be paid (you will be given a budget when asked to interview). At the interview you will receive an expense claim form.
No, not for this post. Also, the test requires your presence.
We usually receive well over 100 applications for an internship post.
We have no preference. The post is open to anyone studying for or possessing a degree in a publishing or academic subject. For information, about two-thirds of our employees have degree in a science subject (mostly life sciences but also engineering and mathematics) and the other third have a degree in a humanities subject (mostly English but also languages, history and law).

Claire-Jeffrey-at-desk

We welcome speculative applications even when we are not actively recruiting, but only if you have solid publishing experience.

We won’t reply directly, but we will keep your details on file and consider your application if a suitable vacancy comes up in the following 3 months.

Skills we are particularly interested in:

  • writing and rewriting
  • copy-editing, especially in science and medicine
  • proofreading
  • publishing project management
  • editorial office management

Apply now!