Editorial Project Manager (£25–30k STE, plus pension)

Start date: 5 March 2024 (earlier preferred)

Editorial Project Manager (£25–30k STE, plus pension)

Start date: 5 March 2024 (earlier preferred)

Location: UK 

Lex Academic and Lex Academic.science purvey white-glove academic author services and seek to appoint a full-time Editorial Project Manager for academic articles, indexes, theses, and manuscripts across STEM subjects, humanities, and social sciences.

This role reports directly to the CEO and COO of the company and works closely with our Quality Controller. The role is fully remote.

About the role

Role description

This is a full-time remote role for an Editorial Project Manager. An Editorial Project Manager is responsible for managing our freelance editors, indexers, and translators. They will oversee and direct editorial projects from conception (post point-of-sale) to completion, ensuring our projects are delivered on time and to the highest standard. While the Editorial Project Manager will not be entirely responsible for the quality of edited work, we expect them to be able to quality-control to a high level, and marshal our freelance editors towards a very high standard of delivery and finesse. The Editorial Project Manager will liaise with quality assurance, as well as manage the freelance editorial team. At any one time, around 20 freelancers need managing.

Lex Academic are a boutique editorial outfit, so the focus is not on high volumes of work, but exceptionally high quality of around 50 projects per month. The Editorial Project Manager will also be responsible for implementing and improving editorial processes, including delivering editorial feedback to our freelancers. The role requires professionalism, conscientiousness, and a constructive level of agreeableness to really bring out the best in our editors. We expect our Editorial Project Manager to manifest the values of the company through all their communications, especially in their correspondence with our freelance editors. We hope our Editorial Project Manager will lead by example and uphold the highest possible standards in written communication.

Skills and qualities required

  • Project management skills, preferably within an editorial, production, or publishing setting
  • The ability to check and correct freelancer work (high-level proofreading, copy-editing, and substantive editing skills are essential)
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Impeccable time management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple editorial projects simultaneously
  • Higher degree in English or a related field (e.g., Philosophy, Classics, Linguistics)
  • Five or more years’ experience in the fields of academic publishing, editorial management, or project management is highly desirable
  • Foreign languages (especially French) desirable but not essential
  • High degree of competence across Office 365 (Word, Excel, SharePoint) and Adobe products (Acrobat, InDesign)

Applicants should at least have a very good BA/BSc degree in either a humanities, social sciences, or STEM subject, an impeccable command of the English language, a proactive attitude, multitasker mindset, and the ability to check and proofread academic work across STEM subjects, the humanities, and social sciences. At least five years’ professional project management experience will be required for shortlisting.

This fully remote role requires flexibility, exceptional time-management, and a passion for delivering high-quality editorial services. Our motto is that we never let an academic client down.

Salary: £25,000–30,000 (plus pension). There will be opportunities for promotion as the company grows. Weekday and some weekend cover required. Interviews will be held remotely.

To apply, please email HR with your CV and a detailed cover letter.