Gale Primary Sources, Cengage
Location: Remote or hybrid with occasional attendance in Andover.
Deadline for application: Wednesday October 19, 2022
We are looking for an organised and flexible individual to provide temporary editorial support to the Gale Primary Sources (GPS), a publishing programme under the Gale, the library publishing division of Cengage, for a period of 9-12 months to cover maternity leave. Tasks will include working on product research, development, and production of digital collections of historical primary sources within the GPS programme, as well as supporting the GPS editorial team, assisting with proposals for new products, and overseeing key tasks in the product development life cycle.
To be successful in this role you will need to be educated to degree level, with excellent communication skills. A keen attention to detail, and a team player. Although not essential, having an interest or degree in History, plus some office experience within a publishing environment would be highly advantageous.
This role can be worked fully remotely from home, or as a hybrid arrangement working partly/fully in the Andover office if this is preferred.
Salary on application, plus 5% retention bonus, health care, Pension and 23 days holiday plus bank holidays, and additional Wellness days off over Christmas.
Closing Date for applicants: Tuesday 27th September 2022
If you do not hear back from us within 5 days after the closing date, please assume that your application has not been selected for further consideration at this time.
Job Title: Temporary Associate Editor (Editorial Assistant) – Maternity Cover
Business Unit: Gale Primary Sources
Reporting to: Line Manager [Bennett Graff for the present]
Line Reports: None
Based: Remote or hybrid with occasional attendance in Andover.
To provide editorial and administrative support to the Gale Primary Sources (GPS), a publishing programme under the Gale, the library publishing division of Cengage. Tasks will include working on product research, development, and production of digital collections of historical primary sources within the GPS programme, as well as supporting the GPS editorial team, assisting with proposals for new products, and overseeing key tasks in the product development life cycle.
Key Accountability: Product Development and Production
- Product Development Research: Investigate, quantify and collect data on source content (e.g., historical books, manuscripts and newspapers) prior to digitisation. This will involve assessing the content for extent, physical condition, content type, rights clearance needs, privacy restrictions, and metadata requirements through online catalogues and in-person reviews at source libraries and archives.
- Market Research: Assisting with the research and preparation of market research for new product proposals, including sales history analyses, development of prospective customer lists, and reviews of competitor products
- Business Case and Contract Support: Helping with the preparation of business cases prior to product approval meetings, assisting with the monitoring and filing of contracts and agreements following product approvals and organising the assignment of product numbers to approved titles in line with company guidelines.
- Permissions Oversight: Support projects and assist Editors with the copyright clearance process by writing, distributing, and responding to (under supervision) permissions requests.
- Privacy Review: Coordinate with editors assessing the privacy requirements of individual products and overseeing the privacy review (and redaction process) in compliance with the requirements of source libraries and national and international law.
- Metadata Support: Examine under the direction of the Editors the metadata requirements of individual products and remediate metadata challenges by analysing, converting, and standardising inventories, finding aids, and cataloguing data associated with individual products.
Key Accountability: Team Support
- Data/Report Preparation: Support the publishing team by handling administrative requests and queries from the Editors, such as preparing sales data and assisting with the preparation of regularly scheduled reports
- Project Meeting Attendance: Attending project production meetings and taking detailed minutes
- Liaising Duties: Acting as a key point of contact for external parties and other departments, including Production, Sales and Marketing. Liaise with Marketing and Sales to provide product-specific information on forthcoming and backlist products, such as contents lists, sample searches, sample content, slide decks and screenshots
- General Market Research: Conducting general market research as required, including analysing current market trends and competitor activity
Key Accountability: General Administration
- Keeping Cengage systems up to date, including contract records and royalty payments
- Working with Editors to ensure payment of external parties
- Working with Editors on coding invoices and maintaining records on relevant Cengage systems
- Carrying out other duties as required to support the work of the GPS Publishing team
The post holder may be occasionally asked to travel within the U.K., but regular travel is not required.
Essential Role Requirements: Skills/knowledge
- A strong sense of curiosity and openness to learning about topics in a variety of academic areas, with a particularly strong emphasis on history.
- Flexible approach to tasks and a ‘can do’ attitude, along with a willingness to learn new skills and improve current ones.
- Keen attention to detail and follow-through.
- Analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Strong numeracy skills and financial literacy.
- Solid communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Good PC skills with working knowledge of Word, Excel and Outlook.
- Ability to work calmly in a sometimes high-pressure environment.
- Team player suited to a team-orientated and collaborative environment, where knowledge is shared actively.
- Discreet and respectful of confidentiality.
- Degree level or equivalent.
- Strong interest in history preferred but not required.
Desirable Role Requirements
- Awareness of data protection.
- A strong interest in history and the academic story of it as a field
- Previous experience of working in a publishing or other media editorial department
- Language skills
Worker Sub-Type: Regular
Time Type: Full time
Period: 19 October 2022 to 20 October 2023. This position is temporary and could close at an earlier date. Early notice shall be provided in the event of early closure.
Primary Location: EMEA UK Office
Primary Job Posting Location: GB-Andover-United Kingdom
Scheduled Weekly Hours: 35