Job title: Editorial Assistant (Team Admin) Adult Editorial
Company: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Location: London
Salary: £25,000 Per annum
Is the role permanent? Yes
Is the role full-time? Yes
Contact details: for general enquires only - [email protected]
Closing date: 20 March

Job description

The opportunity

We are looking for an Editorial Assistant to join the Adult Editorial team at Bloomsbury Publishing, the home of authors such as Susanna Clarke, Samantha Shannon, Tom Benn and Reni Eddo-Lodge. It’s an exciting time to join the department, as we expand our list and plan for future growth and success.

You’ll be an enthusiastic, efficient person and you’ll assist the entire department with day-to-day administrative and editorial support. Your work will bring you into contact with all members of the department, and there will be opportunities to develop editorial skills.

The team sits within the Consumer division, and reports to the Head of Editorial Operations.

The role

Your work will mainly involve the following, with other departmental admin tasks as required:

Administrative support to the senior team:

  • Assisting with day-to-day administration in order to centralise the management of the running of the department and support the editorial team
  • Responsibility for freelancer onboarding

Editorial support to the junior team:

  • Biblio maintenance: keeping the source of all our data for our titles as up-to-date and smoothly running as possible
  • Contact for multi-region editions (MREs) originating from Bloomsbury USA
  • Assisting with non-fiction and fiction reprints and paperback reissues in due course

Assistant to Editor-in-Chief:

  • Managing diary, expenses, submissions log and travel
  • Running reports and schedules from Biblio and BookScan
  • Assisting with departmental meetings

Assistant to Head of Editorial Operations:

  • Arranging and minuting meetings, running and circulating reports
  • Acting as the team contact for queries from other departments
  • Processing expenses

Other admin tasks:

  • Assisting with the proofreading of catalogues and marketing materials
  • Handling prize deadlines and submissions for the department
  • Mailing out contractual copies to authors as required
  • Point of contact for the post room
  • Organising couriers
  • Maintaining a database of readers used by the department and organising materials for readers as required
  • Ordering in copies of books as needed
  • Printing/scanning/photocopying/binding manuscripts
  • Assisting with arrangements for events

Knowledge, skills and experience

We are looking for someone organised, confident and eager to learn, with:

  • excellent communication and time-management skills
  • impeccable spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • office experience
  • a demonstrable interest in trade fiction and non-fiction, and an awareness of the book market

Some relevant experience would be an advantage, but this can be in a related field, including arts administration or bookselling. Prior publishing experience is not necessary: we are looking for someone energetic, enthusiastic and curious, with excellent organisational skills, a great eye for detail and a real love of books.

Additional information

The role is a full-time permanent position with a salary of £25,000 per annum

The role is based at our London office: 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a hybrid-working pattern of 2 days office-based/3 days home-based (or fully office-based if preferred). Allocated office days for this role are Monday and Tuesday.

As an Assistant role, this position is eligible for Bloomsbury’s Rental Deposit Loan Scheme. To assist candidates who want to start and to establish a career in publishing, Bloomsbury offers an interest-free rental deposit to support securing somewhere to live. The rental deposit loan can be up to £3,000 and will be paid back over two years.

Please apply with a CV and covering letter addressed to Human Resources (Word or PDF format only) via the ‘URL’ below detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above for this role by 20 March 2023.

Bloomsbury reserves the right to close the role early if we exceed the required number of applications

Bloomsbury Benefits

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive benefits package:

Working Pattern

  • hybrid working pattern of: 2 days office-based /3 days home-based (or fully office-based if preferred)


  • 25 days’ holiday
  • 3.5 days’ Christmas company holiday

Other Benefits:

  • Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an additional 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Sharesave Scheme
  • Summer Hours – June to August
  • In-house Doctor
  • Eyecare Voucher Scheme
  • Company culture – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (Bloom (BAME), Accessibility, Mental Health, Pride, and Parents, Guardians and Carers), 9 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources

For additional benefits see our careers page

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any background, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable, and be heard and accepted. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process; please flag to the recruitment team if required

Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.

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