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Project Editor - Research Editorial, Humanities

Oxford University Press
New York, NY 10016
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Oxford University Press

Content Operations/Production

Posted: August 02, 2022
Cary, NY, USA

We are the worlds largest university press. We have both a worldwide reach and a personal understanding of local needs, partnering on the ground to adapt publications and resources to meet the individual needs of communities, societies, and countries. We partner with researchers, educators, and technology partners to stay ahead of the changing ways people around the world are accessing and sharing knowledge. With a presence in more than 50 countries and millions of customers around the world, an idea launched at OUP can have a global impact.

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Advancing Knowledge and Learning


This role presents an exciting opportunity to be part of a supportive team of project editors working on our successful Humanities titles, including areas such as religion, classics, history, philosophy, music, film, and dance. This position provides you with the autonomy to manage your own projects whilst collaborating with various colleagues across different teams as well as working with authors from around the globe. Key responsibilities include:

1. Manage all projects in accordance with defined procedures, to ensure quality and timeliness,
including setting-up of projects; monitoring and driving progress; reporting; identifying
issues/risks and taking action to resolve them, or with colleagues determining the path to
resolution; liaising with authors and stakeholders about standard issues; and maintaining
accurate product and workflow data, ensuring all relevant systems are up to date.

2. Project manage online content and book titles through content creation and to delivery to
Production. Assure ongoing delivery of contracted requirements; liaise with authors and
others to determine progress, ensure they are clear on and committed to specifications,
content, style, structure, and schedules; and secure timely submission of high-quality work
and ancillary materials in appropriate form. Assess and review content against contracted
requirements and manage content through peer-review process if required. Ensure all
product and content data and metadata are accurate in all relevant systems and complete
handover of content to Production per agreed specifications. Manage projects with partially
outsourced pre-production workflows as liaison with external editorial teams or suppliers.

3. Co-ordinate with Design, Marketing, and Sales to provide all standard materials, specs, copy,
and briefs, tailored to effectively produce and bring content to market. Produce reports for
Sales and Marketing as required.

4. On request, and as necessitated by the project workflow, review, correct, and deliver digital
content for regular online publication. Request corrections and updates to content by
Production or suppliers via the relevant systems. Review, enrich, correct, and deliver
metadata according to project needs.

5. Work with Content Operations to ensure projects are published according to approved plans;
escalate concerns to manager if projects deviate from agreed costings or if there are errors
introduced in the production process. Obtain accurate costings for each project at relevant
stages to ascertain profitability. Monitor costs and manage changes by adjusting models, with
Acquisition Editors approval, and reporting exceptions as appropriate. Monitor progress of
content through the Production workflow. Ensure that queries from the Production teams are
handled promptly and properly.

6. Support new-product development across print and digital formats. This will involve working in
conjunction with the Heads of Acquisitions, Acquisitions Editors, and the Heads of Content
Development, and may include supporting the development of new publishing streams or

7. Support or undertake market and customer research to manage the ongoing assessment
and validation of coverage, structure, and usability for online products/modules, key
copyrights, and major works, so they continue to meet the requirements of the market.
Analyze market information and reviewers questionnaires and reports to support
recommendations for developing products and content and prepare and present the
findings or recommendations for each project in a clear and coherent way. With supervision
from the Acquisitions Editor, propose and secure decisions on title-development plans and
online-content strategy, including bringing on new authors or editors to projects. Attend
board meetings as required.

8. As requested by, and/or in conjunction with, the Acquisition Editor or Editorial Manager,
represent the Content Development Team to colleagues within the Press and to external
stakeholders, including customers and user communities, ensuring that any requests,
concerns, and service issues are addressed promptly and professionally and used to inform
product development. This could include representing OUP at author meetings, conferences,
product launches, etc., as appropriate. Establish and maintain good relationships so that OUP
is regarded as the publisher of choice.

9. Develop and maintain good knowledge of relevant subject area(s), and a good working
knowledge of editorial operations and procedures. Share knowledge within the department,
providing assistance and guidance to other team members, referring to Senior Project Editors
or Editorial Manager when necessary. Help with the training of new team members as
required, and make suggestions for necessary updates to training documentation. Contribute
to departmental or divisional workflow- and process-improvement projects or initiatives.

10. Contribute to the annual budgeting exercises, helping establish the titles and/or online
content that will publish in the next financial year. Track projects against budget and/or
publishing goals throughout the year.


? Proven track record of managing projects and delivering to schedule
? Experience of, and engagement with, cross-format publishing, ideally in an academic
? Ability to work autonomously, prioritize a demanding workload, set and meet deadlines, and
adjust priorities as necessary
? Excellent organizational, project-management, and time-management skills
? Ability to adapt to change and work across different subject areas and projects as required
? Excellent oral and written communication skills
? Demonstrated ability to work and communicate productively with senior academics and
other specialized authors
? Work demonstrates high levels of accuracy and attention to detail
? Good IT literacy and adaptability
? University degree or equivalent experience

Position Location: This position can be hybrid out of Cary, NC, New York, NY or Sunderland, MA. This role can also be remote.

GJC Level: I4 (for internal purposes only)

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


Posted: 2022-08-03 Expires: 2022-09-04

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