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Editorial Assistant

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  • Job
    Entry Level
  • Media & Journalism
  • £26.5K
  • London


  • Excellent administration skills with the ability to organize, prioritize and manage workflow
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • A willingness to learn new skills and software
  • Aptitude for teamwork
  • Ability to multi-task and work calmly under pressure
  • Interest in the wider world of culture and literature.
  • Desirable skills we’d love you to have:
  • Familiarity with the Google suite of apps, Adobe Acrobat and the Microsoft Office suite
  • Evidence of working with bespoke in-house systems and/or willingness to learn.


  • Management of a wide range of books through the editorial process: from reading manuscripts to drafting cover copy; writing up information for Sales and Comms (Publicity and Marketing); and presenting books to colleagues
  • Multitasking on books at different stages of production
  • Permission clearing for text and pictures
  • Coordinating with international publishers
  • Mailing books and proofs to authors and others
  • Updating Biblio (our central bibliographic information repository), coding invoices and getting approval for contracts and author payments
  • Acting as a port of call for authors and colleagues who have questions about the publishing schedule; fielding external enquiries
  • Reading and reporting on submissions
  • Reading a wide range of books not published by our list.


What type of books will I be working with as an Editorial Assistant for Picador?

You will be working on a broad range of literary fiction and narrative non-fiction.

What are the key responsibilities of an Editorial Assistant at Picador?

Your responsibilities will include managing editors' administrative and editorial processes, supporting a team, and learning about all aspects of a book's life from acquisition to publication.

What skills are necessary for this entry-level role as an Editorial Assistant?

We are looking for someone who is calm, resourceful, organized, can multitask and meet deadlines, and is a very keen reader.

Will I have the opportunity to work on various projects and gain valuable experience?

Yes, as an Editorial Assistant, you will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects and learn about all aspects of the publishing process from acquisition to publication.

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Pan Macmillan is a distinctive, award-winning global book publisher in our 175th year. A company that’s small enough to be personal but big enough to matter. We’ve won Publisher of the Year two years out of three, have divisions all over the world and it’s our business to bring to life the best books for all readers. If you believe in the power of books and reading, join us. Our list brings together a great publishing heritage with some of the brightest new talent, including Cormac McCarthy, Jon Ronson, Carol Ann Duffy, Julia Donaldson, Lewis Carroll, Bret Easton Ellis, John Cooper Clarke, Danielle Steel, Alan Hollinghurst, Omar El Akkad, China Mieville and Joe Wicks.