Assistant Commissioning Editor

Oxford University Press
11 Mar 2018
22 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford, which furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Global Academic publishes books, journals and digital resources for the research, professional and higher education markets.

About the Role

The Law Department is committed to developing outstanding resources to support practitioners and scholars in all areas of the law, principally in the form of print and digital books but also in the form of online-only resources. Reporting to, and working closely with, the Senior Commissioning Editor (SCE) for Commercial Law on our Practitioner Law list, we are looking for an Assistant Commissioning Editor to join our Oxford-based editorial team.

Duties include:

  • Managing the projects on the frontlist, maintaining current records and liaising regularly with both authors and internal colleagues to keep information on publishing schedules up-to date, to ensure that budgets are met and that publishing activity is optimized;
  • Co-ordinating the peer review process for new proposals, securing appropriate and timely advice to maintain the quality of the law publishing programme;
  • Liaising with authors to ensure that signed contracts are secured as soon as possible after investment approval, manage the authors to ensure that content and delivery is supplied to specification and to schedule;
  • Working with the SCE, the Electronic Development team (EDD) and the author on content delivered both at draft and interim delivery stages, to ensure that on completion it meets the contractual requirements and policies on acceptance and handover for print and digital publication, and that the content can handed over promptly and effectively to Content Operations to optimise production ;
  • Working with the SCE to manage backlist titles to ensure that stock and reprint requirements are dealt with on a timely and accurate basis, and monitor new edition life cycles and the commissioning and project management of new editions, to optimise the overall value of the backlist;
  • Preparing and maintaining product information for marketing in keeping with the agreed marketing calendar and the project schedule for each title;
  • Providing administrative support to the Commissioning Editor, including drawing up contracts, preparing cover briefs, and drafting marketing copy;
  • Assisting the SCE with testing and support generally on editorial matters including for online product development and launch;
  • Representing the Press at external events including book launches and conferences.

About You

The successful candidate will have:


  • Relevant experience in publishing/editorial
  • First class organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise workload
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and a high level of professionalism
  • Computer proficiency, particularly MS word and Excel
  • Self-motivation and a willingness to take on responsibility
  • High level of accuracy, both written and numerical, with excellent attention to detail
  • A good honours degree (or equivalent)


  • An interest in or knowledge of the law
  • Experience/knowledge of digital publishing

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