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Copyeditor / Proofreader

Fixed term for 12 months

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Fixed term for 12 months


This is an exciting opportunity to join our public-sector design studio, working on broad range of projects that make a difference to people’s lives.


At Design102 we have always believed our differences help us make a difference. This means we are an inclusive employer. We value difference of all kinds and encourage applications from talented candidates – whatever your identity, background or circumstances.


We’re looking for someone who’s passionate about the written word with a keen eye for detail. You’ll be proofing and editing content for a wide range of clients across central government, working closely with our designers to ensure quality and consistency across deliverables.


If you have a keen interest in design and public affairs, care about clear communication, enjoy working as part of a creative team and can deliver high-quality work to tight deadlines then this could be the job for you.


Main responsibilities will include:

  • checking text to ensure it is well written, logically structured and in the right style for the intended audience
  • correcting spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • editing text, making sure it is in line with the government style guide or the client’s house style
  • checking facts
  • checking photos and illustrations are correctly captioned
  • ensuring work is delivered to schedule and budget
  • liaising with the creative team and communications colleagues on content for campaigns
  • building and maintaining strong, long-lasting client relationships
  • preparing quotes and schedules for client approval, liaising with design managers and the traffic team
  • discussing work schedules and status knowledgeably and confidently
  • raising queries with clients and/or writers
  • supporting designers with copy for presentations and/or collateral and working as part of a creative team


Essential skills and experience:

  • degree or other qualification in English or a related subject such as publishing, media or journalism, or equivalent practical on-the-job experience
  • experience of copyediting or proofreading in a professional environment
  • excellent written English, including correct spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • ability to maintain high-quality work while meeting tight deadlines
  • concentration, accuracy and the ability to work under pressure
  • judgement in applying house style
  • tact and diplomacy when negotiating changes with authors
  • ability to maintain the author’s voice after editing
  • good IT skills
  • highly self-motivated with a polite, friendly and diplomatic manner
  • proven ability to manage multiple projects at a time while paying strict attention to detail, deadlines and budget
  • good commercial awareness to monitor cost effectiveness of in-house service delivery
  • an interest in public sector communication


Applications should be by CV and statement of suitability. Please also include examples of relevant written work that demonstrates your suitability.

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