Product Assistant, Bloomsbury Digital Resources – London

We would like to recruit an enthusiastic individual to join our Product Management team as a Digital Product Assistant, reporting to the Digital Product Manager for Performing Arts and Video. Our team is part of Bloomsbury Digital Resources, which is part of Bloomsbury’s academic and professional division.

You’ll join a dynamic, growing and friendly team reinventing Bloomsbury’s academic publishing for a digital environment. Work on our cutting-edge online products for drama and film studies, Online drama and Screen Studies, In addition to the division’s video content, you will play a central role in the design, development, launch and management of some of our award-winning digital products.

The role will provide an excellent opportunity for candidates looking to start a career in a dynamic, fast-growing and future-oriented sector of academic publishing. Bloomsbury is a key player in scholarly publishing and winner of The Bookseller’s Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year Award 2021.

Bloomsbury values ​​the importance of work-life balance and offers flexible working options. This full-time role should only be in the office 2 days a week and we offer a core working hours policy of 10am-3pm, with flexible Fridays throughout the year. See below for details.

The role

Product management

  • Support the Product Management team by ensuring that digital product content updates and enhancements are completed on an agreed schedule
  • Use Bloomsbury’s platform administration interfaces to create and edit site pages and upload content, with opportunities to participate in the visual design of web pages
  • Liaise with sales, marketing and customer services to communicate new content additions and product enhancements
  • Develop expertise on specific products, becoming the “product champion” who would answer questions from sales, marketing and customers, resolving and escalating issues as needed, and contributing to the strategic development of those products
  • Provide regular reports on website usage and help identify opportunities to improve site content and functionality

Content management

  • Assist the product management team with content updates: manage upcoming release schedules, work with colleagues from related departments (content architecture, editorial and production) to track and progress tasks, oversee processing of video and audio content, video transcription and indexing of content topics by external freelancers, maintaining title lists and other metadata
  • Prepare product metadata to provide to third parties such as MARC record providers and discovery services

Product development

  • Assist the product management team in market research with end users
  • Help identify issues and bugs for new products and post-launch user acceptance testing

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Experience in publishing, web publishing, or digital product development, or related fields
  • Excellent implementation and time management skills
  • A keen eye for detail and a logical approach to problem solving
  • A proactive and dynamic attitude and an enthusiastic team spirit
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn
  • Passion and interest in developing a career in digital product management
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (written and verbal)
  • Some experience working with content management systems and/or coding (e.g. XML, HTML, CSS) is not essential but advantageous
  • Some experience working with video content is not essential but beneficial

Further information

The role is a permanent full-time position with an annual salary of £24,000.

The role is based at our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a 2 day in office / 3 day from home (or fully in office if preferred) hybrid work model. The office days allocated for this role are Wednesday and Thursday.

As an assistant, this position is eligible for Bloomsbury’s Rental Deposit Loan Scheme. To help applicants who want to start and establish a career in publishing, Bloomsbury is offering an interest-free rental deposit to help them find accommodation. The rental deposit loan can be up to £3,000 and will be repaid over 2 years.

Please apply with a CV and cover letter addressed to Human Resources (Word or PDF format only) via the “APPLY NOW” button detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above for this role by Friday, April 8, 2022.

Bloomsbury reserves the right to close the position early if we exceed the required number of applications

Benefits of Bloomsbury

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join an award-winning global organization, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive advantages:

working model

  • hybrid work model of: 2 days in the office / 3 days at home (or entirely in the office if you prefer)

Vacation

  • 25 days vacation
  • 3.5 days Christmas company vacation

Other benefits:

Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an extra 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week

Subscription loan

Sharesave program

Home doctor

Eye Care Voucher Program

That day – online fitness classes, mindfulness, cooking classes, workshops, etc.

Corporate culture ! – Employee voice meetings, staff networks (BAME, disability, mental health, LGBTQ+ and parents, guardians and carers), 15 mental health first aiders trained in UK offices, publication events and access to resources free publications

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable and be heard and accepted. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are willing to make reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please report to the recruitment team if necessary.

Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial assistance to people who wish to enter the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here: http://booktradeentrysupport.org

The company

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the original publisher and trustee of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic names. Read our story to find out how it all started.

Bloomsbury is committed to creating a work environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration, respects difference, is inclusive and ethical in its practice, and promotes well-being. We are committed to nurturing and developing our people to reach their full potential, and we know that our success is built on the passion, commitment and hard work of our talented people. We recognize the urgent need to attract and support candidates from all backgrounds and identities to be part of the global publishing industry, allowing diverse voices to reflect and shape our culture and society.

Please learn more about our missions and values here.

Please read our environmental policy here.

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