Computer Science Assistant Education Editor £20,000 to £25,000 per annum pro rata

Key Attributes: Managing Processes to Ensure Quality | Computer Science Subject Specialist | Education Publishing

Part time Computer Science Assistant Education Editor required for education publisher ZigZag Education in their busy office in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. This is a part time role (24-28 hours per week over 3 or 4 days, with 32 hours per week required for the first 2 months for training).

Very exciting role at a successful secondary-education publisher where you will be jointly responsible for the publication of new teaching resources from conception to distribution. A large part of the role is prioritising, coordinating and working with authors. You will also be involved in writing marketing copy. The role involves:

  • Working closely with Senior Editors to manage individual projects including looking at samples and new proposals, inspiring authors to write and complete their projects, tight budgeting and cost control, assessing drafts for quality and match to syllabus, and managing the peer review and feedback/update loop with author until final draft agreed.
  • Working with a team of external authors, technical checkers and expert reviewers in addition to a small internal team.
  • Liaising during the production process, including proofreading, editing, formatting/typesetting and publisher checks.
  • Writing advertising copy, compilation and design of marketing leaflets, analysing previous marketing results.
  • Post-publication: appropriately responding to customer queries/feedback, making improvements with authors, and developing second editions of original resources.

We have developed an in-house training scheme specifically for this role: high-intensity training for the first few weeks, a high level of mentoring and feedback for the first few months as you build up to managing a full portfolio of projects, and subsequent training modules to give you a comprehensive understanding of each part of the role.

Starting pay is dependent on experience. For example, proven track record of successfully managing multiple projects, working with new authors, and experience in secondary education publishing and/or teaching. The strongest candidates will have evidence of ingenuity and advanced thinking, relating their work to the financial impact, taking higher levels of responsibility, and ensuring that important projects don’t fail.

As an education publisher we require a person with a very strong academic background. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated this through excellent GCSEs, A Levels and a degree. You are required to complete a six-month probationary period.

Skills and Qualifications

Essential Skills and Experience Required

  • Close attention to detail and an ability to manage processes to ensure quality.
  • Good communication skills including maintaining good relationships with existing authors and successfully encouraging a good throughput. Ability to communicate with a wide range of positions including Document Formatters, Commissioning Editors and at Director level.
  • Professional and concise written English for communication with authors and writing marketing copy.
  • Generally strong ICT, numeracy and English skills.
  • Knowledge of the UK educational system.

Minimum Application Requirements

  • GCSE Maths and English grade 7-9 (or grade B/A/A* or equivalent)
  • and strong A Level results including grade A or A* in Computer Science, Maths or a Science
  • and Computer Science degree or equivalent
  • and at least 3 years' experience in full-time employment

Additional Desirable Requirements

  • A Level grade B, A or A* in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths
  • Experience of secondary teaching with QTS
  • Related experience in publishing, teaching, project management or similar

To Apply

Apply via email to Mrs Glynda Glasner at with:

  • CV which must include your IT skills and all GCSE/A Level etc. qualifications and grades
  • Letter of Application including:
    • which job you are applying for and where you first saw it advertised
    • a short paragraph about your current circumstances and why you are applying for this job
    • what in the job description specifically appeals to you
    • how you feel your skills or aspirations are met within this job
    • when you would be interested in starting and your medium-term plans
    • your salary expectation, together with your current responsibilities and salary