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Commissioning Editor, Physics

Cambridge University Press & Assessment
Cambridge, UK
Closing date
19 Apr 2023

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Commissioning Editor, Physics

Salary: £32,100 - £37,000

Location: Cambridge, Hybrid

Contract: Permanent, Full-time

We are Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a world-leading academic publisher and assessment organisation and a proud part of the University of Cambridge.

Our physics book programme is renowned globally for its quality, breadth and variety. Spanning best-selling undergraduate and graduate textbooks, cutting-edge research overviews and practical how-to volumes, our portfolio showcases titles from the world’s most eminent physicists.

We are seeking a highly motivated publishing professional with an avid interest in developments in physics education and research to join our team and commission new products.

About the role

The academic publishing industry is going through an exciting period of change, with technological developments and new business models radically changing the way our content is created, presented and delivered. The role will provide the opportunity to apply your skills, market knowledge and business acumen to shape and build the physics list, helping the Press to remain at the forefront of scientific publishing and serve the needs of students, instructors and researchers.

Key responsibilities will include, though not be limited to:

  • Building a high level of engagement within the international academic community through in-person and online meetings, conducting market research on the latest research and teaching directions to inform new product development, including Open Access and digital courseware initiatives;
  • Commissioning a target of 15-20 high quality projects per year – upholding rigorous editorial and peer-review standards, supporting authors through the writing process and overseeing each project through to timely and successful publication;
  • Employing sound project management and financial planning to meet ambitious sales and profitability targets and contributing to the strategic development of the physics programme;
  • Reporting to the senior commissioning editor for physics and working alongside six other editors in the Physical and Life Sciences team. An appointment will be made at a level commensurate with experience and on-the-job training will be provided.

This is your opportunity to make an impact! If you don’t want to miss out, please take a look at the job description attached at the end of the advert. We want to hear from you.

About you

  • You will have a strong understanding of research and education developments in university physics, preferably with some prior publishing experience – including an awareness of the changes facing academic publishing in the 21st Century;
  • With highly effective interpersonal, organisational and time-management skills, you will bring energy and creativity to the role, as well as demonstrating sound business judgement and a strong market focus;
  • Resourceful and self-reliant in making informed decisions and you will also excel in collaborating with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders to advance the Press’s mission and uphold our diversity and inclusion, and sustainability, commitments;
  • A lifelong learner, you will relish the prospect of developing your publishing skills and embrace the evolving career opportunities on offer at Cambridge University Press & Assessment.

Rewards and benefits

We will support you to be at your best in work and to live well outside of it. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a world-class, flexible rewards package, featuring family-friendly and planet-friendly benefits including:

  • Group personal pension scheme;
  • Discretionary annual bonus;
  • Life assurance up to 4 x annual salary;
  • Private medical and Permanent Health Insurance;
  • Green travel schemes;
  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays.

We also offer flexible and hybrid working options from day one. We will consider any work arrangements if you wish to work flexibly or require adjustments due to a disability.

Ready to pursue your potential? Apply now.

We review applications on an ongoing basis, with a closing date for all applications being 3rd of April. Please note due to the Easter holiday period, first round of interviews is scheduled to take place on 20th and 21st April 2023.

Please note that successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory background checks including DBS due to working in a regulated industry.

Why join us

Joining us is your opportunity to pursue potential. You’ll belong to a collaborative team that’s exploring new and better ways to serve students, teachers and researchers across the globe – for the benefit of individuals, society and the world. Sharing our mission will inspire your own growth, development and progress, in an environment which embraces difference, change and aspiration.

Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a place where anyone can enjoy a successful career, where everyone has a voice, and where we learn continuously to improve together. Ensuring that everyone feels they belong is essential to who we are, and to the contribution we make to society and our planet.

We believe better outcomes come through diversity of thought, background and approach. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and communities, actively seeking to employ people from a wide range of different communities.


We unlock the potential of millions of people worldwide. Our assessments, publications and research spread knowledge, spark enquiry and aid understanding around the world.

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