• Editorial Assistant, Research Methods (Books)

    Location UK-LND-London
    Contract Type
    Full Time
  • Overview

    The Editorial Assistant:

    • provides administrative support to the Senior Commissioning Editor
    • communicates daily with external contacts (mainly authors, editors and reviewers)
    • works closely with colleagues across different departments within SAGE.

    Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities

    • Communicating with authors who are writing for SAGE and keeping them to deadlines;
    • Sending out and chasing in contracts for new books;
    • Maintaining accurate information on our database about books and authors under contract;
    • Writing back cover copy;
    • Getting book proposals and manuscripts reviewed by lecturers teaching relevant courses;
    • Searching online for information about courses and competing books;
    • Arranging meetings and travel for the Commissioning Editor;
    • Representing SAGE at relevant conferences and/or book launches;
    • Writing decline letters for unsuitable projects;
    • Providing information for colleagues within Editorial and other departments.

    Qualifications & Education

    • Proficient at using standard IT packages (e.g word, excel, Outlook)
    • A graduate in any subject.

    Language, Reasoning, Analytical & Mathematical Skills

    Interpersonal Communication Skills – you will be communicating daily with people both inside and outside of SAGE. Being able to hold courteous, persuasive conversations (by email or phone) and respond quickly to queries are key requirements of the role.


    Efficiency – you will need to be able to manage a varied workload involving many different tasks and working across a large number of different book projects. You will need to prioritise effectively and allocate appropriate amounts of time to each task.


    Accuracy – you will be required to accurately input information into contracts and databases and to maintain up-to-date records as information changes.


    Written communication - you will need to be able to quickly assimilate information about a new book and turn it into concise back cover copy.


    Research – you will be required to search for, select and present relevant information (e.g. about specific university courses and books published by other companies.)


    Curiosity and enthusiasm – you will be interested in working in academic publishing, learning about SAGE and the markets we serve and willing to share your thoughts and experience.


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