Assistant/ Desk editor, Academic

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    New Delhi
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  • Closing Date:
    30 November 2021

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Priyank Jha

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1. Job Purpose 

To contribute to complete pre-press editorial services of the academic titles. To take responsibility for pre-press project management under supervision of the senior production editor, and to offer general assistance in working with authors, copyeditors, freelancers, typesetters, project vendors, indexers, designers, illustrators and others in bringing projects forward and ensuring their successful publication. The job description also includes checking plotter proofs and advance copies received from printers. 

2. Dimensions 


Project management within an agreed budget and demonstrable contribution to successful print publication 


  • Maintain relationships with other editors/ sales persons/ marketing colleagues 
  • Delegate editorial tasks to editorial interns as and when necessary. 


  • Sticking to a stipulated pre-press workflow 
  • Working on an agreed schedule after discussion with the senior production editor 
  • Maintaining relationship with the production colleagues 

3. Principal Accountabilities 

Editorial responsibilities 

  • Develop and edit manuscripts provided by authors 
  • Evaluate content of a given manuscript and check every component provided by authors before allocating projects to vendors/ copyeditors 
  • Provide assistance, feedback and queries for improving manuscript to author(s) 
  • Handle different book projects in pre-press production 
  • Maintain quality standards set by the Press 
  • Ensure that all vendors and freelancers adhere to the quality checks 
  • Give constant feedback to vendors for quality issues 
  • Check every aspect of final files before having them sent for printing 
  • Coordinate with the senior production editor on content-related issues that may need to be resolved during course of the project 
  • Stick to the Press' font policies and other compliance policies 
  • Manage all reprint and re-run titles projected for a financial year 



Additional Duties 

To carry out any other duties which may be reasonably expected of you by your immediate manager or the head of academic publishing. 


Press Policies and Procedures 

To abide by all Press policies and procedures, as detailed in your contract of employment and the Staff Handbook, e.g., Code of ethics, anti-bribery and corruption, Health and Safety, e-mail and Internet use and standards of behaviour. 

4. Context 

(a) Operating Environment: 

Successful and error-free publication of academic titles 

(b) Framework & Boundaries: 

  • Pre-press workflow 
  • Adhering to the Press' font policy and other compliance policies 

(c) Organisation: 

Organization chart is understood. 

5. Relationships 

(a) Subordinates: 

  • Manage freelance editors and editorial interns 
  • Check their quality of work whenever required 

(b) Superior(s): 

  • Weekly publishing updates 
  • Updates on a project may be required at any point of time 
  • Discuss timeline of all projects in pre-press production  

(c) Other Contacts: 


Within the company 

Commissioning, marketing and sales colleagues 

Outside the company 

Publishing vendors, designers, illustrators 

6. Knowledge and Experience 

  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team 
  • The ability to communicate well in English, both verbally and in writing 
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to work accurately and quickly to tight deadlines 
  • A high standard of computer literacy 
  • Reading comprehension -- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. 
  • Writing comprehension -- Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. 
  • Time Management -- Managing one's own time and the time of others. 
  • Judgement and decision making -- Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. 
  • Familiarity with the style guides, especially the Chicago Manual of Style, desirable. 


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New Delhi
Splendor Forum, Plot no. 3, 3rd Floor, Jasola District Centre, New Delhi, India, 110025

Contributory pension scheme

Flexible Working

Flexible working environment

Life Assurance

Group Life insurance coverage


‘Press Extra’, offering discounts at high street retailers

Annual Leave

28 days holiday entitlement, increasing to 30 days after 10 years of service


Free on-site Gym facilities,
cycle to work scheme


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