SAGE London United Kingdom
1 week ago
Join us and be part of a mission-driven, independent publisher. You'll work with a diverse group of people who share a passion for empowering researchers, educators, and institutions to shape the future.
Sage is a global academic publisher of books, journals, and library resources with a growing range of technologies to enable discovery, access, and engagement. Believing that research and education are critical in shaping society, Sara Miller McCune founded Sage in 1965. Today, we are controlled by a group of trustees charged with maintaining our independence and mission indefinitely.
Our guaranteed independence means we're free to:
• Do more – supporting an equitable academic future, furthering disciplines that drive social change, and helping social and behavioural science make an impact
• Work together – building lasting relationships, championing diverse perspectives, and co-creating resources to transform teaching and learning
• Think long-term – experimenting... taking risks, and investing in new ideas
About our Team:
• The Books Editorial team commissions and develops a wide range of texts and online resources across the social sciences and vocational areas.
• The new Editorial Assistant role is within our Psychology Books team.
• The successful candidate will support a Senior Commissioning Editor and a Publisher in Psychology and focus on textbooks for undergraduate students.
• The successful candidate will also work closely with colleagues in the sales, marketing, production, and design teams.
• As a team, we are committed to commissioning and publishing great content and pedagogy that supports teaching and learning and contributes to the development of knowledge in the disciplines we cover.
• We pride ourselves on providing an excellent publishing service to our authors, nurturing their talent, and optimising the sales and impact of their books.
• We make Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion a guiding principle for developing both our content and our team.
Could you be our new Editorial Assistant/Assistant Editor? Are you:
• A proactive person who constantly looks for the best ways to get the job done;
• Someone with excellent organisational and prioritisation skills, and the ability to handle a varied workload and deadlines efficiently;
• Able to work quickly while maintaining strong attention to detail and accuracy;
• Able to hold courteous, persuasive conversations in writing and in person;
• Proficient at using standard IT packages (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook);
• Capable of showing initiative and self-motivation?
Your new role:
• Provides administrative and commissioning support to the Publisher/Senior Commissioning Editor in the Psychology team.
• Assists and supports in the day-to-day work activities of the Publisher/Senior Commissioning Editor in their development of new projects.
• Organises the reviewing of book proposals by finding and briefing suitable reviewers, chasing feedback to deadlines, and arranging payments.
• Accurate preparation of contracts for new book projects, ensuring they are signed and processed promptly.
• Maintains complete, accurate, and up-to-date information on Sage's internal books database and internal tracking spreadsheets.
• Communicates regularly with authors to ensure manuscripts are delivered on time and to plan, and to answer author queries.
• Prepares manuscripts and accompanying information required by production, marketing, and design colleagues.
• Researches the market for new books and competing titles to inform publishing decisions and strategy.
• Represents Sage at conferences and events (where appropriate) to build relationships with authors and contribute positively to the reputation of the company and our publishing.
• Supports Editorial in helping to deliver each list's objectives and initiatives.
• Ensures that Sage offers a high level of service to its authors and editors within the Editorial Assistant's areas of responsibility.
• Works closely with colleagues within Sage, both across departments and globally.
Overview of benefits:
• 25 days' holiday excluding bank holidays full-time/pro-rated for part-time roles
• 2 additional 'floating days' of personal leave, in recognition that each of us has cultural, religious, or family commitments that fall at times when the company is not closed.
• Life assurance
• Income protection
• Access to Sage books and journals
• Tuition scheme and support for pursuing professional qualifications
• Hybrid working arrangements: in office 20% of contracted hours. We work flexibly, and most staff can choose to work from home for up to 80% of their contracted hours.
Other benefits, which may change, include:
• Sage lunches held weekly in the office
• Variety of snacks and beverages available in the office
• Home working allowance
• Travel insurance
• Healthy lifestyle reimbursement
• Access to the company doctor
• Access to company loans (season ticket loan, rental deposit loan, cycle loan)
• Anniversary trip
If you are an individual with a disability and you need any support during the application process, please email our Human Resources department . All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.
A cover letter is important to us: this offers the hiring manager valuable insights into how your skill set aligns with the role, what unique contributions you can bring to the team, and why you are interested in this position. Therefore, when applying for this role online, please upload your cover letter and CV as one document . Applications without a cover letter may regrettably not be reviewed.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At Sage we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team that is representative of all sections of society and to sustaining a culture that celebrates difference, encourages authenticity, and creates a deep sense of belonging. We welcome applications from all members of society irrespective of age, disability, sex or gender identity, sexual orientation, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, as c reating value through diversity is what makes us strong. As a business and as an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.
Closing date for applications: 14/09/2023
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