25 Sep, 2020

Production Manager (Publishing)

  • Save the Children
  • HASH(0x558deec59258), Queensland

Job Description

This is no ordinary opportunity.

Our Production Manager (Publishing) has the power to change the lives of millions of children around the world.

Working with our team of highly engaged education, publishing and technology specialists you'll take the lead in delivering a significant pipeline of illustrated children's books and educational resources in multiple languages for our class-leading digitally enabled library. No two days will ever be the same as you lead a team of Production Coordinators and partner with our Program Managers and In-country Content Coordinators to create digital-first and print-ready content to improve learning outcomes for children around the world. In this unique role you'll also have significant editorial control, the ability to design and refine processes, and the ability to influence strategy through innovation and new product design.

We've already changed the lives of more than 250,000 children, and with your help we can grow that to 20 million before the end of this decade.

Library For All is no ordinary not for profit.
As a not for profit enterprise of Save the Children Australia, our mission is to make knowledge accessible to all equally. We have a proud history of using technology to disrupt traditional publishing models, and we leverage technology and innovation in our everyday work to improve educational outcomes for children around the world. As a trusted partner to many of the world's leading development agencies, we're laser focused on scaling our impact to create measurable change for millions more children.

Where you come in:
In this full-time fixed-term role (12 months with the strong possibility of extension) based in your choice of Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne, you will lead our production team and interface with specialists from our Program Services and Technology departments. You will join our management team and report to our Head of Publishing.

You will make an impact by:

  • Leading and managing the production of new content assets (manuscripts, images, illustrations, digital books, print books and educational resources)
  • Leading the editorial processes, project management activities, and creative design of each asset
  • Managing the digital workflow and digital warehousing of Library For All's extensive class-leading collection of content assets
  • Managing the distribution of digital and print assets through our global retail and wholesale channels
  • Leading a globally dispersed team of production coordinators, suppliers and contractors to support our publishing activities
  • Managing our global contributor community of creative contributors
  • Partnering with our technology and program services teams to drive innovation that will maximise our impact around the world


Does this sound like you?

You are an experienced publishing and production specialist who thrives in a highly innovative, agile, fast-paced and high performing environment. You'll have the experience that comes from having worked in a variety of roles across the publishing industry, the confidence to lead a team of professionals and the appetite for a significant program of asset production. You'll have the ability to lead editorial and design processes, and also have a strong interest in process, automation, efficiency and the use of technology to improve business practices and drive efficiencies. You'll also have exceptional inter-personal skills, well-developed stakeholder relationship management skills and a flexible communication style including in multilingual environments. You will demonstrate an ability to set and achieve audacious goals, whilst leading a team in a rapidly growing organisation with strong ambitions. Importantly, you'll share our passion for delivering better educational outcomes for children using technology as an enabler.

This role requires:

  • Significant book industry experience in a variety of areas such as graphic design, printing, editorial, publication standards, or project management
  • Significant experience and success in a senior editing and/ or publishing role with a national or international level collection featuring a strong focus on cultural diversity
  • Proven success developing complex published materials in a specialised collection environment using project management principles, establishing measurement frameworks and achieving set performance indicators
  • Demonstrated understanding of diverse publishing formats, including best practice content, layout, accessibility and compliance to legal requirements across print and electronic texts
  • An understanding of extra-textual elements of book publishing, including copyright matters, legal deposit, metadata creation, ISBN reconciliation and marketing support
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the impact potential, and environmental limitations, of book production and distribution (ideally) in low-income environments
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams and manage people.


Working at Library For All is more than just a job.

It's the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for children and working with others who feel the same.

In addition to working at the leading edge of innovative publishing alongside a team of highly engaged processionals you will have access to:

  • Opportunity to work on additional projects alongside business as usual
  • Internal employment and development opportunities within Library For All and Save the Children
  • Friendly and highly flexible work environment
  • Agile work environment including working from home
  • Competitive salary + superannuation
  • Full salary packaging benefits
  • Additional annual leave options available


Sound interesting?

We'd love to hear from you. Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking on one of the buttons in the 'Apply' section.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 7 October 2020.

Position Description - Production Manager (Publishing)

At Library For All, we seek a workforce that is as diverse as our society - in race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, cultures and beliefs - and reflects the communities we work in. We believe diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and core values and we demonstrate this commitment through all our employment practices. Our inclusive workplace culture contributes to making Save the Children a great place to work.

Library For All is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check where necessary, and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

Library For All supports the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. If you are successful in your application, we will request consent to access HR held information pertaining to your last 5 years of employment. You can read about the Scheme and our commitment to Safeguarding here.


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