Work with us: Publishing Coordinator (p/t) [POSITION CLOSED]

Blog | Published on March 22, 2019

A small independent publisher and performing arts company is seeking a part-time (2 days a week) Publishing Coordinator.

Publishing Coordinator (p/t 0.4)
£8,800 p.a. (£22k pro rata)


This is the chance to join a dynamic, award-winning publisher and performing arts company. From its beginnings as a reading series in a converted railway arch in south London, Penned in the Margins has grown over the last 15 years to be a respected producer of new work live, in print and online, with a focus on contemporary poetry. Penned in the Margins has been a member of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio since 2015, managing a busy programme of books, events and touring productions. Our publications have won or been shortlisted for awards including the Costa Book Awards, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Poetry Book Society Choice and the British Book Design & Production Awards.


The successful applicant will work closely with both the Director and Sales & Marketing Coordinator to coordinate the planning, production and distribution of our book projects. They will have a strong grasp of systems and processes, and be confident using a range of computer software and online platforms.


Duties will include:

  • establishing and maintaining project timelines;
  • supporting the commissioning and contracting of new titles;
  • liaising with authors, designers, print suppliers, distributors and partners;
  • ensuring the accuracy and timely dissemination of bibliographic data;
  • monitoring stock levels and coordinating replenishment;
  • driving the rollout of our e-book, POD, audio-book and other plans;
  • advising on future publishing strategies.


The role will focus on our publishing programme, but the successful applicant will have the opportunity to range across the company’s activities, from event planning to artistic curation. Some general administration will also be required. This position would suit an individual with some experience in publishing or a related industry, or a more experienced arts/publishing professional seeking flexible part-time employment.


We are looking for someone with a dynamic, solutions-driven personality. The role also demands reliability and the ability to organise one’s time and workload. The role is based in our office in Aldgate, central London. Due to the nature of our activities, some evening work would be expected. The role is offered on a two-year contract, with a three-month probation period and a performance review after one year. The successful applicant would be expected to start in early May.


Penned in the Margins supports equal opportunities and welcomes applications regardless of age, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation, social background or disability.


Essential qualities

A passion for books
Excellent time management skills
Excellent communication skills including a good standard of written English
Ability to find creative solutions to problems
Strong grasp of systems and processes
Experience of project management
Ability to ‘manage up’
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
Experience of liaising with suppliers
Computer literacy


Desirable qualities

Knowledge of contemporary literature and/or performing arts
Event production experience
Graphic design skills
Knowledge of basic HTML
Experience of using project management software, e.g.,
Experience of using book design or typesetting software, e.g. Indesign
Experience using bibliographic data systems, e.g. Nielsen Title Editor
Experience using WordPress CMS or similar
Experience of strategic planning


How to apply

To apply for this role please send your CV (no more than two pages) and a brief covering email outlining your suitability for the position to



Thursday 4 April 2019, 5pm



Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 15 April 2019 in our office in central London.

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