We are now seeking an experienced Project Editor to work full-time 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. 

Applications for this vacancy are now closed. We have received 12 applications and have begun interviewing candidates. If you do not hear from us, then your application was unsuccessful. Thank you to everyone who applied. 

About the job

You will join one of our production teams and will work on documents such as 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, among 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 text by authors whose first language is not English. You will, therefore, need to have an excellent command of English and be able to understand complex ideas and explain them clearly.  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 £21,500 to £29,000. Experience and qualifications (e.g. a PhD in a relevant subject or an MSc in publishing) will be taken into consideration when determining starting salary.

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 £29,000 to £36,500. Project Leaders also guide the work of, and give feedback to, less experienced members of staff, prepare budgets and quotations, handle overall contract management for one or more clients, and, on occasion, travel to represent the company to potential and existing clients.

This position is based in our office in Perth. However, experienced candidates may, after a period of time, be able to carry out this role wholly or partly from home.

About you

For this post you must have a good degree in an academic subject and considerable previous publishing experience. Experience of copy-editing and/or writing in the area of policy, law, science, medicine, social sciences or humanities is 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 and meticulous, and able to solve problems on your own. You should also be quick to learn and happy to ask questions. Enthusiasm, resourcefulness and proven ability are essential.

You will have sound communication skills, and be able to liaise appropriately with authors, academic editors, clients and suppliers. You should be comfortable working alone for long periods on large projects, but it’s also important that you value, understand and enjoy team work.

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 noon on Friday, 26 May 2023. Interviews will take place in Perth in late May. 

FAQ: Some questions asked by previous applicants, with answers

  • Follow our requirements closely (and avoid our red flags!). This is crucial. If you do not pay attention to both these lists you are unlikely to be interviewed.
  • Apply as soon as possible. If we receive strong applications then we may commence interviews sooner than the closing date.
  • Submit as comprehensive an application as possible. If you don’t explain why you are suitable or supply a full CV 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 job.
  • Please try not to ask us questions that have been answered in this list.
  • Note that possessing a degree in a publishing or academic subject is essential.

The overall objective of the test is to assess your English-language abilities. You will be asked to make singular words plural (e.g. plural of millennium) and vice versa (e.g. singular of algae), distinguish between common confusables (e.g. averse and adverse) and improve, clarify or correct sentences containing errors. You will have 30 minutes.

As long as you possess a degree in an academic subject we have no strong preference. For information, about half of our employees have degree in a science subject (mostly life sciences) and the other half have a degree in a humanities subject (mostly English but also languages, history and geography). Some have a PhD. A postgraduate publishing qualification will be advantageous.

Yes. Reasonable travel expenses from a UK address to our offices in Perth and back will be paid. At the interview you will receive an expense claim form.

We will need to evaluate your performance in the office first, but if, after we have assessed your work, we think you can work satisfactorily from home, and you would like to, we may be able to offer you the option to work from home or a flexible hybrid arrangement where you work some days from home and some days in the office. 

Even if you are working in the office, we have a flexible working policy which gives you a lot of freedom in when you arrive and leave.

No. The nature of the writing, editing or proofreading work we undertake makes job sharing virtually impossible: you alone will be responsible for completing the projects you are assigned, and, in general, it is not possible to share this work with someone else.

Reduced-hours posts can be requested and management team will consider these in the light of prevailing and expected business environment and the impact on the business, clients and colleagues. We cannot guarantee agreeing to requests for such posts. For information, we currently have three members of staff who work less than full time. This advertisement is for a full-time post.