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Bibliographic Data Manager, London

Reporting to: Business Process & Inventory Director

Company and Role Overview

Usborne Publishing, the largest and most successful independent Children’s Publisher in the UK, is looking for a well-organised, proactive and numerate Bibliographic Data Manager for its rapidly developing Production Team. 

This new role will be responsible for effectively managing our Bibliographic metadata across all Usborne Imprints.  With a thorough knowledge of Biblio3 you will ensure our entire list data is current and meets the requirements of our international aggregators, including Nielsen.  With a top level view of data workflows, you’ll identify problems at an early stage and implement solutions to ensure data optimisation.


  • Oversee and manage the metadata process from start to finish across all Imprints, liaising internally to ensure bibliographic fields are inputted and signed off at the correct stages.
  • Work with sales teams to build relationships with data aggregators, wholesalers, retailers and libraries to make sure the metadata supplied meets their requirements.
  • Oversee the delivery of Usborne’s metadata through the domestic and international supply chain, co-ordinating with sales teams regular audits of our catalogue on external platforms.
  • Ensure workflow controls are in place to meet deadlines and prevent external parties from receiving information too early.
  • Be the primary point of contact for all Internal Bibliographic queries, devising reports for Management on Categories, and Identifying and optimising metadata output for discoverability and conversion of titles through online stores and the Usborne website.
  • Keep aware of the changing digital landscape, upcoming hardware and software developments that might impact Usborne’s metadata supply chain and discoverability.
  • Revise Bibliographic processes as required, reporting them directly to the Business Process & Inventory Director and rolling them out once signed off.
  • Ensure the company is up-to-date with all current and future UK and rest of world Bibliographic standards.
  • Organise and lead BIC/THEMA & any other applicable Bibliographic Standard training for Editorial and Sales new joiners, leading seminars throughout the year as required when updates across the Standards occur.

Candidate Requirements

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a Bibliographic Data Executive or Managerial role or similar.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of Biblio3, with feed generation and reporting key.
  • Be an expert in categorising Children’s Publishing Products with BIC, BIC CMBC and THEMA Codes.
  • Must be well-organised, meticulous and committed to ensuring the data is accurate.
  • Have strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Expert Level Excel and confident in manipulating large volumes of data.

This a full-time, permanent role, based in our London office in bustling Farringdon with a generous pension and benefits.  Competitive salary based on experience

Please send your CV and covering letter via email to the Business Process Director:

Closing date: 21st February 2020

Only successful candidates will be contacted and we regret that no correspondence can be entered into. No agencies.

Mandarin Chinese speaking Foreign Language Publishing & Rights Assistant, London

We are looking for a proactive, motivated and highly organised individual with good administrative and communication skills to join our busy Foreign Language Publishing and Rights Department. 

You will need to have good computer skills and be confident with Excel in particular. We are looking for someone numerate, with meticulous attention to detail and fluent Mandarin Chinese language skills (using simplified characters), as well as being proficient in both written and spoken English. 

This demanding role supports our own Chinese and Korean language publishing programmes as well as Rights licensing activities requiring excellent time-management skills, and would suit an individual with relevant previous experience in a busy and varied admin role. 

Previous knowledge and experience in publishing industry would be desirable.   

To apply for this position, please send a CV and covering letter to Paula Ziedna at 

Salary: £29,719 

Please note that only candidates called for an interview will be contacted.

Editorial Production Assistant, German Editions, London

We are looking for someone to support our friendly and vibrant team of German Production Editors.

The ideal candidate will offer some or all of the following:

  • Some experience of working in a publishing company
  • Excellent written German, including outstanding spelling and grammar
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign is desirable
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills along with attention to detail.

This a full-time, permanent role, based in our London office.

Please send your CV and covering letter to Nick Stellmacher at

Closing date: 14/02/2020. 

Only successful applicants will be contacted. 

Senior Compliance Controller, London

Usborne Publishing is looking for an enthusiastic Senior Compliance Controller to join our friendly and vibrant Production Dept. 

Working closely with our Product Safety Controller, this role involves ensuring that Usborne Publishing continues to comply with International Product Safety Standards, developing and creating new processes to ensure the seamless cooperation between Production, Editorial/Design, Sales and external suppliers. 

The role would also involve ensuring Usborne is achieving sustainability and ethical goals, both internally and externally. You will be responsible for creating, implementing and maintaining our environmental policies and projects across the company and suppliers. 

You will have excellent organisational skills, with the ability to work on a number of priorities simultaneously. You must be an approachable and confident communicator, able to liaise effectively with people at all levels of the company. Common sense and forward planning are key to this role, along with the ability to analyse and interpret information in a variety of formats, keeping a keen eye for details. 

Experience in publishing and toy product safety is essential as well as knowledge of the Biblio system. Computer literacy and proficiency in Excel is also required. 

Please send your CV and covering letter to 

Closing date 17/01/2020. 

Salary: Competitive

Only successful applicants will be contacted. 

Children's Book Designer, London

This is an incredible opportunity to join Usborne's large, dynamic and diverse art and design department.

Usborne already employs more than fifty designers, each of whom plays a vital role in shaping the look and feel of the company's vibrant publishing programme.

We are now expanding and looking for fresh talent: designers with flair who can innovate and imagine as well they can draw; creative thinkers with excellent draftsmanship; people who can work quickly to a high standard; who understand the importance of colour and typography – and who are passionate about getting beautifully designed books into the hands of children. 

Experience of working with InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator is also desirable.

Please write to us including your CV and printed samples of your work to the address below.

Children's book designer
Usborne Publishing Ltd
Usborne House
83-85 Saffron Hill

Please note that only candidates called for interview will be contacted.

Equal opportunities

Usborne is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Usborne offices

Usborne Publishing is based in London, near Farringdon Station. Our editorial, design, production, foreign rights and foreign language departments are all based in this office, as well as marketing, PR, sales, and accounts.

We have additional editorial and design offices in Wolverhampton and Eynsham, near Oxford, and our direct sales division, Usborne Books at Home, is also based in Eynsham.

Jobs for all locations are advertised on this page.

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