Job Title: Assistant Editor (Books)
Employer: The Institution of Engineering & Technology
Location: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Employment Type: Permanent
Reference Number: c3786b84-2f21-4ccf-a5e8-332a204475a0
What if you could make your mark on the academic publishing landscape?
What if your next career move could shape the future of engineering and technology research?
What if you were our Assistant Editor?
At the IET, making our world a better place starts by creating a better place for our people. At the IET you’ll have more than just a job. Our work is exciting and challenging, connecting the people who solve the problems that matter. It means working with us has real meaning and impact, and you’ll grow – professionally and personally – in ways you never thought possible. We’re also making significant investments in our people, including providing a modern, vibrant workplace and embracing hybrid working.
What you’ll be doing
In this dynamic role, you’ll be at the forefront of the IET’s academic books publishing programme. You’ll champion excellence by taking charge of delivering a select number of book titles annually, ensuring they meet the highest standards of quality and relevance. You’ll maintain meticulous records ensuring seamless transitions from manuscript submission to production. Fostering strong relationships with authors and editors, guiding them through manuscript development and offering invaluable support is a vital part of the role.
What we hope you can bring to the role
Our ideal candidate will have experience in academic or STEM publishing, coupled with a deep understanding of editorial and production workflows. You will be proficient in publishing protocols and procedures, encompassing a solid understanding of implementing copyright, antiplagiarism, and permissions policies. You’ll be a meticulous, detail-oriented professional with exceptional communication and organisational skills. You’ll have excellent time management and planning. Your ability to juggle multiple projects, meeting deadlines without compromising on quality, will be key to your success in this role.
We’d love to get to know you
Is Imposter syndrome creeping in? Don’t worry – we’d rather hear from you this time than not hear from you at all! Read on for a little more information about the role; but also, keep in mind that we’re open to discussing flexible ways of working, including reduced hours and working in an agile way, supported by a hybrid working framework that allows you to find the best place to do your best work.
A little more about the role
- Take responsibility for the delivery of an agreed number of book titles each year into production.
- Maintain regular contact with authors/editors, monitor and encourage manuscript development, and provide support to authors and editors during the writing stage.
- Report to the Publisher on the status of projects, including any extensions or delays.
- Liaise with the Publisher and Commissioning Editors over actions to take on delayed or problematic projects.
- Provide support and guidance to editors and authors on applying the IET’s copyright, antiplagiarism and permissions policies
- Analyse received manuscripts and work with authors to turn them into production-ready quality.
- Ensure a smooth and timely handover of manuscripts into production.
- Maintain accurate records on project statuses and metadata, including ensuring the Manuscript Submission System and Digital Asset Management System are kept up-to-date.
- Provide administrative support to the editorial team, working closely with the Editorial Assistant and Commissioning Editors.
- Co-ordinate with the Editorial Assistant to ensure that day-to-day tasks are completed in an organised and timely manner.
- Undertake any other duties and projects at the request of the line manager.
A little more about what we’re looking for
- Experience working in academic or STEM publishing, or a closely related environment.
- A thorough understanding of publishing workflows, including editorial and production processes.
- Prior use of industry-standard editorial techniques and conventions, including familiarity with the application of copyright, antiplagiarism and permissions policies.
- Meticulous attention to detail.
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write with clarity and accuracy on technical topics.
- Excellent time management, organisation and planning skills.
- Proven ability to manage a portfolio of small projects, including delivering to deadlines whilst maintaining high quality standards.
- Experience using MS office tools and programs.
- Experience using digital asset management tools and systems.
What if you could be you? The IET is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. To find out more, head over to our ‘Work for the IET’ site.
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