Editorial Assistant, Bloomsbury Children’s Books – Harry Potter – London

Bloomsbury Children’s Books is an award-winning publisher and the original home of the Harry Potter stories. We are creative, friendly and passionate about bringing the joy of reading to children around the world. We now have a rare opportunity for an Editorial Assistant to join our dedicated Harry Potter division and be part of the team that publishes beautiful, high quality editions and illustrated companion titles. This is a unique and exciting new position for an organized and dynamic individual who is ready to begin their editorial career.

The role

The Editorial Assistant role is the organizational heart of the team that manages Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter Publishing. You will be an excellent communicator, imaginative and driven, and keen to expand your knowledge of monochrome and color illustrated books.

As a member of the core team, your main responsibilities will include:

  • Support the Brand Manager and the wider Harry Potter editorial team with administrative, organizational and editorial duties
  • Create and maintain bibliographic data, ensuring records are accurate and up-to-date
  • Organization and reporting of key departmental meetings
  • Communicate in a professional and timely manner with external stakeholders, illustrators and their agents, as appropriate
  • Organize and assist in the preparation of editorial content for sales and marketing materials
  • As your skills develop, support editors with creative tasks, including writing cover copy, proofreading, and researching illustration summaries

Knowledge, skills and experience

The successful candidate will be energetic, detail-oriented and eager to learn. They must be confident to work both independently and alongside others, manage their time effectively and prioritize tasks when necessary. The love of books and reading is essential.

  • A highly organized person with experience in office and administrative work
  • Able to demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • A great book lover with a real interest in children’s literature. Knowledge of Harry Potter stories would be desirable
  • Some experience in editing or a related field is an advantage

Further information

The role is a permanent full-time position with a 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 Mondays and Tuesdays.

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 April 22, 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)


  • 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

For additional benefits, see below

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.

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