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Editor/Research Editor – Applications now CLOSED

If you are a recent entrant to schools publishing who can see the big picture while keeping an eye on detail, and if you’re interested in the policy environment and developing best practice, then Oriel Square will give you the opportunity to shine.

Please apply to with a covering letter and CV by 15th October. This job is office-based, in central Oxford.

The role

The Research Editor will take on a wide range of editorial tasks, from reading proofs and marking copy to recommending structural and development changes. They will work closely with the Editorial Manager and colleagues in and out of house to ensure excellence in content and presentation.

The Research Editor will develop and use sector knowledge to contribute to maintaining and building the company’s industry intelligence. They will work with the directors to research and reflect on findings to contribute to specific consultation work for clients, and to contribute to an inhouse knowledge base.

About you

An ambitious and motivated individual looking to build a career in publishing. You should be motivated by a passion for education.

About Oriel Square

Oriel Square is a young and growing company delivering high-quality publishing services to UK schools publishing and elsewhere in education. From large prestigious courses to bespoke work for small institutions, we lend resource, skill and creativity wherever it’s needed in education.

We’re located in Central Oxford, and have well-established links with the major UK-based global educational publishers, here in Oxford and elsewhere. You should expect this role to develop as we do.

Role responsibilities

  • Undertake editorial work across a range of content types and competencies
  • Assist the Editorial Manager to work with project managers to coordinate projects and have overview of schedules
  • Research a wide range of topics within education as directed
  • Contribute to strategy discussions and internal and external reports
  • Build and maintain internal tools for knowledge retention and sharing
  • Manage, maintain and add to our list of contacts and relevant freelancers

Your qualifications

  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Organised and reliable
  • Proactive communicator with a creative streak
  • At least 12-18 months’ experience in schools publishing
This job would suit a graduate, but also anyone who can demonstrate equivalent skills


Oriel Square is active in many aspects of schools publishing, and in education more broadly. We are looking for perceptive and creative input into these activities, and all members of staff can expect involvement as we grow and explore. We will invest in the right candidates to make sure that you and we remain properly informed, experienced and skilled to react to change in the market and growth in our business and scope.

Conditions and pay

Oriel Square believes in productive hours, not long hours. This informs our 28 hour full-time policy.

  • Full time (28 hours/4 days)
  • £23,000 p.a.
  • 20 days' holiday (equivalent to 5 weeks) + public holiday allowance
  • Workplace pension

Our full-time 28-hour working week

Our working week is shorter than that of many employers, but we get at least as much done without sacrificing quality. We believe there are huge benefits both at work and at home from keeping to regular, focused working hours.

While there will always be occasions when private life can intrude, we believe that our week makes plenty of time for regular life admin to happen outside work time. And our 28-hour week doesn’t mean working less – this is a full-time job.

Our offices

Oriel Square has an office close to the centre of Oxford. As a growing company, there’s a good chance that we will move, but our hearts are in the city, and we will stay central!

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