Job title:                Development Editor

Location:               Garnet Education Offices, Reading, UK

Reporting to:         Rachel Finnie, Editorial Manager

Role Summary:     To assist in the editorial and project management functions for Garnet Education

Main Areas of Responsibility:

Project Management

  • Work on a range of ELT materials, both print and digital, to enable consistent delivery of the highest quality content.
  • Oversee and support the content creation process to ensure market appropriateness, consistency, accuracy, legal acceptability, and appropriate realization of the agreed intent of the work.
  • Where appropriate, liaise with authors, writers and in-house colleagues, freelance editorial staff and any external staff collaborating with Garnet.
  • Work with the team to facilitate frequent and effective communication and smooth working relationships between team members, between departments and between authors/writers and staff.
  • Help to maintain agreed project schedules and key project milestones.
  • If necessary, commission and brief authors/writers for specific components as and when required, making selections by commissioning and assessing sample material where appropriate.
  • Report regularly to the Operations Director/Editorial Manager on the overall progress of the allocated projects.
  • Share any concerns regarding projects, processes or procedures, and suggest solutions.
  • Collaborate with the other in-house teams to promote continuous improvement along with effective and efficient working practices.
  • Maintain agreed procedures for working, wherever possible. Suggest new procedures where they might result in increased efficiency.


  • Apply ELT knowledge and teaching awareness to provide continuous development of material throughout the editing process.
  • Work with the Editorial Manager and authors to help develop and shape prototype material for field testing and review.
  • Content edit and develop manuscripts for handover to the production or digital teams, and support the editorial team in this respect.
  • Prepare accurate, realistic and effective artwork/image briefs for the design team.
  • Brief and liaise with the Publishing Assistant to assess the need for copyright.
  • Check all forms of proofs [print, digital, design] at all stages of development, for accuracy, level and cultural appropriateness.
  • Attend recordings and check digital, audio and video materials.

Research & Commissioning

  • Maintain familiarity with relevant target markets by undertaking market research to inform the development of allocated projects.
  • Where appropriate, work with the Editorial Manager to identify and commission projects.
  • Be proactive in keeping up to date with current trends in ELT, and where possible share this knowledge within the team.


  • Take an active role in project planning and development by working with colleagues in Editorial, Sales, Marketing, and Production.
  • Be proactive in sharing knowledge and trends.
  • Stay informed about the ELT market and new ideas in publishing.
  • Interact positively with colleagues and external contacts.
  • Work with the Editorial and Operational teams to facilitate the training and development of staff.
  • Contribute towards the maintenance of a positive working environment.


  • Carry out routine administrative tasks as needed.
  • Delegate tasks to the administrative team appropriately.

Additional Duties:

  • Carry out any other duties which might be reasonably expected of you by your immediate manager or a director, including attendance at book fairs and other promotional events.
  • Be prepared to take on tasks not ordinarily within your job description, but where the wider team need extra support.


Candidate profile:

Essential qualities:

  • Significant experience of developing ELT content.
  • Experience of developing scope and sequences.
  • Informed awareness of ELT markets, trends and products.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Highly organised and prepared to take initiative.
  • Good communicator on all levels.
  • Willing to learn and be open to change.
  • Deadline-driven and a competent time manager.
  • Active and enthusiastic team player.

Desirable qualities:

  • Experience with CEFR levels and other testing/assessment scales.
  • Direct experience of ELT markets in different countries.
  • Teaching experience in an ELT setting and a recognised ELT qualification.
  • Knowledge of digital product development.
  • Working knowledge of different approaches to learning.


For more information or to apply, please send your CV, covering letter and salary expectations to Rachel Finnie, Editorial Manager: