Senior Editor

About the role

As a senior editor, you will work in partnership with authors to create high-quality books on time, according to the publishing plan. You’ll assume ownership of the book’s quality, working with the author and other internal stakeholders from the delivery of the first draft of the chapters through to publication. 

You are responsible for ensuring that the book’s vision, passed from the acquisition team, is executed. You will ensure that books adhere to product guidelines and provide enough depth and detail for the intended audience. You need to ensure that the book meets its specifications in the outline and that it is of high quality, signing off all content.

The role is ideal for critical thinkers who can identify and articulate weaknesses in a book’s organization and writing, using excellent English-language skills. You will adopt a coaching and mentoring role with authors, using firm but diplomatic communication to help them shape their book, creating engaging technical content that allows readers to easily learn about new technologies and develop new writing skills. 

About Packt

Packt is a leading publisher of technical learning content with the ability to publish books on new and emerging tech faster than any other publisher in the world. We believe that software has a deep impact on the world, and that software runs on knowledge. Our mission is to increase the shared value of deep tech knowledge. We are tech content engineers and we work with some of the most interesting technical minds and ground-breaking creators on the planet. For more details, see www.packt.com

What you’ll do

Editorial:

  • On-board authors and give detailed feedback on their chapters to allow books to proceed through the writing process
  • Provide a content health check for the project manager to facilitate accurate planning and time allocation
  • Continually assess the chapters in the book ensuring that the content contains all the required information according to the outline, as well as identifying and removing irrelevant content
  • Identify opportunities for authors to improve organization, presentation, clarity and value in the book’s content
  • Make substantive edits: work within our product guidelines to ensure that the structure, content, language, style and presentation of the author’s work are suitable for its intended purpose and readership; check for sentence complexity, conciseness and clear, logical development of ideas
  • Work with technical reviewers to ensure technical accuracy of the content and code. This will include collating feedback from peer and tech. reviews and ensuring that this is effectively communicated to the author
  • Own the quality of a book: Sign off manuscripts for production; decide when a manuscript is suitable for cancellation; and tackle plagiarism within the manuscript

Relationship management:

  • Provide detailed and constructive feedback to authors using the appropriate tone to suggest the necessary actions that will ensure that the content matches the outline and meets Packt’s quality standards
  • Analyse an author’s language ability, adjusting your communication and feedback styles to fit different authors
  • Coach authors and trainee editors on techniques for teaching difficult or important concepts

Technology:

  • Develop a sound understanding of the topic and the book through research
  • Keep up with market changes that could impact the delivery or success of a book, for example, tech. version updates and competing titles

Who you are

The work we do is fast paced, demanding, and intellectually challenging. We are looking for dynamic candidates with an interest in book publishing and the skills to evaluate a book at all levels. You will need strong oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, and excellent organization and time-management skills. You will need to be proactive in troubleshooting and problem-solving, upbeat, enthusiastic and motivated. You will be a book lover who is focused and calm under pressure, ideally with an interest in technology or science.

Why work at Packt?

We recognize how important our people are and acknowledge and support the things that are important to them. We focus on the full team member experience. We aim to create a positive working environment that supports personal and collective development – where our people can not only grow their skill sets, continuously challenge themselves, and develop their careers, but also work together as a team and with our customers.

We try to achieve this by:

  • Ensuring a positive working environment for all team members, supportive of flexible and remote work.
  • Supporting individual development through growth opportunities and internal mobility.
  • Encouraging social collaboration within teams and communities and knowledge-sharing.
  • Fostering a culture that supports a healthy work-life balance.

We seek to achieve this by:

  • Providing a broad range of benefits and initiatives.
  • Advocating a healthy lifestyle where wellbeing is seen as an essential responsibility.
  • Celebrating success stories and encouraging peer-to-peer recognition.
  • Fostering a culture of self-development.
  • Providing a work environment where the best idea wins, and challenge is encouraged.

Benefits

You will also have access to a range of flexible benefits that are designed to help you make the most of your time with us.

  • Bonus scheme
  • 25 days’ holiday (plus bank holidays)
  • Flexible hours: choose how, when and where you work

Salary Range – INR 65-85K Gross per month (skills and/or experience dependent)