Applications for this vacancy are now closed. We have received 33 applications and will call candidates for interview during January and February. If you do not hear from us, then your application was unsuccessful. Thank you to everyone who applied. 

We are now seeking a full-time 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 probationary period of 6 months. 

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

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. Successful applicants with little or no relevant publishing experience will start at the bottom of the grade.

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.

The salary range for this project editor post is £22,500 to £30,000. As an employee of an employee-owned company, you may receive a payment in addition to salary when profits permit (such payments are free of PAYE but subject to NI).

You will be kept fully informed of business developments and have an opportunity to influence the direction of the business.

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. Those in promoted posts guide the work of, and give feedback to, less experienced members of staff, prepare budgets and quotations and, on occasion, travel to represent the company to potential and existing clients.

About you

For this post you must have a good degree in an academic subject and understand the academic publishing process. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience of publishing, but this is not essential.

Knowledge of science, medical or humanities copy-editing and/or writing will be advantageous, but enthusiasm, resourcefulness and ability are also important, and excellent spelling and grammar are essential. You must also be completely at ease with new technology and be able to use the advanced features of software packages such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat.

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.

Please be sure to address each bullet point above. Address your application to Dr Lucy Harrier using our application form. Let us know where you first saw this vacancy. 

Applications close at noon on Friday, 12 January 2024. Interviews will take place in Perth in January or February. 

FAQ: Some questions asked by previous applicants, with answers

  • Apply as soon as possible. If we receive strong applications then we may commence interviews sooner than the closing date.
  • Follow our requirements closely (and avoid our red flags!).
  • 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 preference. For information, about half of our employees have degree in a science subject and the other half have a degree in a humanities subject (mostly English but also languages, geography and history). Almost half 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.

Not if you have no previous experience in a similar role. There is an option to work from home once you have sufficient experience of the work, our processes, the software we use and the company. This can be discussed further at interview.

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. This advertisement is for a full-time post.

Prepress Projects currently has 16 employees. We are looking to expand.