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Publications Producer

Communications | London, United Kingdom | Contract

Job Description

Job Purpose     

The Publications Producer will be part of the Content & Communications domain and will have day-to-day responsibility for co-ordinating the studio’s books and publications production from concept through to final stages.

Reporting to the Head of Content and Communications, this is a new role within the studio and we are looking for someone who can bring their passion, energy and ideas to a dynamic team.

A proven track record of working creatively with writers, editors, designers and under the radar image sources is paramount, along with a good working knowledge of rights and licensing for both text and images. We are looking for someone who is skilled at managing their time and able to turn their hand to multiple and varied tasks, from researching to budget forecasting.  

We are seeking a person who is experienced in all aspects of production, book format and layout types and who is just as comfortable colour proofing at the repro house as they are embarking on a fact-finding mission. An understanding of digital publishing and the ability to adapt and publish content for an online audience is also expected. There will be an opportunity to help shape and develop new publication ideas too.  

 

Responsibilities  

  • Coordinate the production of the studio’s current book projects including meetings, finance, scheduling, interview coordination, background research, picture research and content preparation.
  • Liaise with the authors, contributors, publishers and our agent to negotiate contracts and manage the key milestones for each stakeholder.
  • Assist studio stakeholders to kick start a series of themed books/journals/magazines around a range of subjects relating to the studio projects and values. This should align with the overall communications strategy for the studio.
  • Help manage production processes at various stages including commissioning, designing, proofing and liaising with the relevant publishing house and external editors where necessary.
  • Proactively undertake research to identify and develop new ideas/proposals relating to the studio.
  • Work diplomatically and maintain great relationships with people inside and outside the studio.
  • Maintain responsibility for the publications budget including annual forecasting and financial year-end.

 

Experience

  • Five years of experience expected
  • Proven track record of producing a range of non-fiction publications across print and digital platforms
  • Contracts and rights knowledge

 

Skills and Attributes

Essential Skills

  • Excellent command of written English
  • Proofing skills for copy, images and repro
  • Good knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop
  • Picture and content research sourcing
  • Use of task and time management tools
  • Ability to upload and publish on content management systems

 

Desirable Skills

  • Sub-editing
  • Flatplan/layout management
  • Ability to creatively adapt content for various platforms including books, magazines and websites

 

  Soft Skills

  • Multi-layered communication
  • Intuitive and diplomatic
  • Assertive - influencing others at all levels
  • High-level interpersonal skills with the ability to build positive relationships with a diverse range of people.
  • Ability to rapidly assimilate complex information and distill core narratives.
  • Strong intellectual and analytical ability with a creative mind-set.
  • Dependable, honest and punctual.
  • Tenacious
  • Team player contributing to a positive working environment.
  • Self-motivated and calm under pressure.
  • Ability to forward plan and work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to influence the overall picture while having an unfailing eye for detail

 

Key relationships

It is vital that the person in this role is able to develop and maintain positive and professional relationships across the whole studio and with external partners. When required, confidentiality must be strictly maintained. The key relationships in this role are:

 

Suggestions

  • Thomas Heatherwick
  • Head of Content & Communications
  • Communications Manager
  • Group Leaders
  • Project Leaders
  • External Stakeholders

Training and Continuing Professional Development

The studio aims to attract and develop the best talent and create a supportive environment in which studio members can learn and develop. Training is provided to increase technical skills and to address identified professional development.