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24 February 2019

HarperCollins: Editorial Project Specialist


Job description / Person spec

Collins has been publishing educational and informative books for almost 200 years. Throughout this rich heritage we have maintained an impressive record in creating market-leading products across various sectors. Our publishing for schools continues to deliver up-to-date and engaging student resources and exceptional teacher support to help schools tackle new initiatives and utilise the latest technology. We produce resources for UK and International curricula to support teachers and pupils at school and outside the classroom environment.

Our Collins Learning team are looking for an Editorial Project Specialist for a 12 month fixed-term contract to operate as an agile editorial resource, completing a range of editorial and desktop publishing tasks, as directed by the Operations Manager or Managing Editors, across a wide and ever changing range of projects within the Home Learning, Reference and Languages areas of the business.



  • Undertake general editorial work across range of products (proofreading, copyediting).
  • Undertake desktop publishing across range of products (design, layout, typesetting).
  • Undertake specialist editorial work in cartographic, languages or educational product.
  • Engage and manage external suppliers to deliver specific key editorial, typesetting and design
  • elements.
  • Undertake any pre-press work and specialist production work to enable final (print or file) supply
  • and archiving
  • Time management and prioritisation to manage a portfolio of projects at the same time 


Key Skills/Experience

  • Project management experience
  • General editorial (proofreading, copyediting) experience
  • Desktop publishing (design and layout) experience
  • Digital publishing experience
  • Knowledge of cartography,
  • Solid knowledge of linguistics
  • One or more foreign languages
  • Adobe Creative Suite skills
  • Skilled editor, eye for detail
  • Strong communicator
  • Calm under pressure
  • Proactive problem solver
  • Organised and able to prioritise and manage time
  • Creative
  • Interest in Geography, Languages or Education


Application notes

Please apply via the link on the HarperCollins webiste, with your CV, cover letter and salary expectations. Early applications may be prioritised.

Please note: We consider all applicants based on their skills, experience and ability to do the job. We do not unfairly discriminate on the basis of convictions or other personal information. We do require candidates to undergo employment screening in accordance with the relevant local legislation. This will only happen at the point an offer of employment is made.

Overview of HarperCollins

Our mission at HarperCollins is to harness the power of great publishing and to amplify it through world class marketing, global strength, and relentless innovation. We are all working towards the same goal, and we do it guided by what matters most to us. The culture at HarperCollins is defined by our six values, which inform our everyday actions and the way we behave. From Finance to Editorial, our values shape the way we work.

PUTTING OUR AUTHORS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING. Their success is our first concern.

WORKING TOGETHER. Sharing responsibility, helping colleagues, listening well, embracing difference, and enjoying what we do.

LEARNING & ADAPTING. Taking smart risks, learning from experience without blame and being both curious and willing to change.

LOOKING OUT AS WELL AS IN. Understanding the consumer, the marketplace and the competitive environment.

LEADING NOT FOLLOWING. Staying ahead, looking to the future, being bold and always aiming to be the best.

INTEGRITY IN ALL WE DO. Timely, open and honest communication, being fair, principled and respectful.