Pearson Development Editor (10 months FTC) in Oxford, United Kingdom

Development Editor (10 months FTC)


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Job summary

The International Curriculum team is seeking a Development Editor to join our team on a maternity cover contract to develop innovative and market-appropriate resources for international schools worldwide. The successful candidate for this exciting role will be responsible for developing, project managing and delivering on time and to budget an ambitious and high profile new publishing project.

You will project manage and develop the content of a range of publishing and curriculum projects up to editorial handover. This role will have a particular focus on teacher support materials and assessments, and may involve some commissioning of authors and subject matter experts.

Some travel to regional conferences and international schools may be required.

Key responsibilities

  • Collaborate with other team members to identify, evaluate, select, commission and retain subject matter experts, authors, consultants and other key stakeholders

  • Brief authors, subject matter experts and freelance editors, negotiating terms, schedules and expectations

  • Develop content and carrying out quality assurance, ensuring that feedback to authors/consultants is timely and clear and that content delivered meets the brief and delivers the identified learner outcomes

  • Work with key stakeholders and customers in our global regions to gather and apply insights

  • Liaise with Sales and Marketing colleagues to keep the product website updated.


Essential skills and experience

  • Background in education or educational publishing, preferably for the international schools market

  • Experience of managing authors, subject matter experts and other external resources

  • Experience of hands-on content editing and quality assurance

  • Good communication and teamwork skills

  • Organisation, self-motivation, flexibility and the ability to work independently

Desirable skills and experience

  • Some experience of commissioning authors, subject matter experts and other external resources

  • Degree or equivalent qualification


Primary Location: GB-GB-Oxford

Work Locations: GB-Oxford-Jordan Hill Halley Court Jordan Hill Oxford OX2 8EJ

Job: Publishing

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Apr 13, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1805801