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Editorial Manager or Senior Editor – Applications now CLOSED

If you are a schools editorial manager or senior/development editor who can see the big picture while keeping an eye on detail, and if you are as conscientious managing time and budgets as you are creative when there are opportunities for change, then Oriel Square will give you the opportunity to shine.

Please apply to with a covering letter and CV by 29th October. This job is office-based, in central Oxford.

The role

This Editorial Manager or Senior Editor role is part of a small team which is responsible for the smooth and efficient running of our varied schools publishing projects, whether digital, print or blended. These range from Early Years to FE, span the curriculum and will include UK and International publishing. You will manage a portfolio of projects led by subject experts, and will be responsible for their budgets and schedules. You will get involved to solve problems, logistical and editorial, and you will be responsible for quality in process and output. This job is office-based, in central Oxford.

We are interested in meeting applicants whether they identify – through ambition and experience – with either the editorial or the management strand of the advertised role, or both.

About you

A schools publishing professional who has enjoyed their experience managing varied, concurrent projects in a variety of formats including print and digital content. Initiative and creative thinking are as important as a detailed and conscientious approach to schedules and budgets. We want someone who will flag potential problems early, and suggest mitigations, as well as opportunities for innovation and improvement. You will relish involvement in building a young company’s processes.

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

  • Manage a portfolio of ongoing packaging / publishing services projects
  • Design, estimate and schedule upcoming projects
  • Advise on schedule/capacity implications for prospective work
  • Manage and build relations with freelancers, including securing their time. Maintain a knowledge base of available freelancers
  • Maintain and build relations with partner organisations, for example developers, typesetters and designers
  • Keep the directors informed of the state of running projects, and alert them early to potential difficulties and opportunities
  • Manage and develop internal processes

Your qualifications

  • At least three years’ inhouse schools editorial experience with demonstrable project management skills (formal or informal).
  • Excellent, demonstrable spoken and written communication skills.
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)
  • £26–31,000 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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