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Product Development Intern, Collins (4m FTC)

HarperCollins Publishers


Posted over 30 days ago...


Join the legacy of Collins and shape the future of educational publishing with your editorial prowess


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No salary declared ūüėĒ

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Hybrid (In-person ~3 day / week)

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Expires at anytime

Organisation summary

Collins, a prestigious publisher with nearly two centuries of history, excels in creating innovative educational materials. With a commitment to keeping pace with new educational initiatives and technology, Collins supports teachers and students both inside and outside the classroom with resources tailored to UK and International curricula.

Role Summary

  • Assist with a variety of administrative and editorial tasks.
  • Participate in the development of both print and digital educational resources.
  • Support project management and streamline processes.
  • Engage in proofreading, commenting, and checking layout stages.
  • Manage image records and conduct picture and author research.

Role Requirements

  • Strong communication and organisational skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Proactive problem-solving with the ability to seek guidance when necessary.
  • Ability to manage a diverse workload and set priorities.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Keen interest in Maths and Science educational resources.

Application Process Details

  • Applications must be submitted via Applied platform; direct email applications are not accepted.
  • Contact [email removed - click apply for more details] with any questions regarding the position or application process.

Collins has been publishing educational and informative books for almost 200 years. Throughout this rich heritage we have maintained an impressive record in creating market-leading products across various sectors. Our publishing for schools continues to deliver up-to-date and engaging student resources and exceptional teacher support to help schools tackle new initiatives and utilise the latest technology. We produce resources for UK and International curricula to support teachers and pupils at school and outside the classroom environment.

Purpose of the Role

The Product Development team work across a range of subjects and levels, from advanced maths and science to primary reading, for UK and international markets, in both print and digital formats. This role will give you the opportunity to gain insight of the publishing process across different markets and through different mediums.

In the role, you will support the team by taking on a wide variety of admin and editorial tasks as required, ensuring the team is always fully up to date with the status of tasks taken on. These will include tasks such as database creation, proof checking, picture research, author research and checking, formatting and organising files. Tasks will come to you from a variety of sources and you will be expected to manage your own workload (with support from your line manager). Therefore, it is key to have clear communication and organisation skills as well as the ability to think clearly and manage varied schedules.

Key Responsibilities

  • General administrative and editorial tasks involved with set up and management of projects

  • Support with ongoing project efficiencies and streamlining

  • Proofreading and collating comments on book layouts

  • Checking proof stages in print and digital products

  • Maintaining image records and conducting picture research

  • Researching potential authors and illustrators

Skills Required

  • Clear, effective and engaging communication skills

  • Unswerving attention to detail

  • Excellent organisation, time and resource management with realistic goals

  • Proactive in trouble-shooting and solving problems ‚Äď knows when to seek guidance

  • Flexibility ‚Äď ability to juggle a varied workload and prioritise

  • Confident with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Interest in working with Maths and Science resources

This job description is non-contractual and may from time to time be amended by the Company.  In addition to the duties set out in the job description you may be required to undertake additional or other duties as necessary to meet the needs of the business.


  • Hybrid working model (3 days in the office)

  • 28 days holiday plus bank holidays (option to buy and sell holiday days)¬†

  • Enhanced pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave¬†

  • Private healthcare cover and life assurance¬†

  • Summer Hours¬†¬†

  • Free access to HeadSpace, employee assistance programme (24 hour helpline), mental health first aiders, and a wellbeing portal¬†

  • Season ticket loans (from day 1 for entry level) and cycle to work scheme¬†

  • Relocation Rent Support Loan¬†¬†

  • Employee networks: HC All In (open forum), Elevate (for ethnic minority colleagues), HarperParents, Menopause at Work and Pride at HC¬†

  • Unlimited training on our Learning and Development portal, management courses (up to MA level) and mentoring programmes¬†

  • Virtual GP and eyecare vouchers¬†

  • Gym membership discount¬†

  • Onsite physiotherapy (London only)¬†

  • Charitable donation matching and¬† 2 volunteering days¬†

  • We're a certified Carbon Neutral company¬†

  • Free e-books and audiobooks, newspaper subscriptions and discounts on books¬†

  • Subsidised canteen and retail discounts¬†

  • Onsite prayer room¬†

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking internships or entry level positions. For more information visit

If you wish to discuss anything regarding this position and/or your application to this role, please reach out directly to [email removed - click apply for more details] with subject heading ‚ÄėVacancy Query‚Äô plus the job title and we will aim to get back to you within 5 working days.

Please note, if you are interested in the role you would need to submit your application via Applied. We do not accept email applications.


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