Senior Commissioning Editor


Coventry or Cambridge, GB

Category:  Sales, Marketing and Publishing

Job Title: Senior Commissioning Editor

Contract: Full-Time, Permanent

Salary: £37,800 - £52,600 (dependent on experience)

Location: Cambridge or Coventry


What it’s about

This is a great opportunity to join the creative and friendly team that defines how OCR supports teachers.

The varied and creative post of Senior Commissioning Editor will involve leading a relatively new and growing commissioning team, which is responsible for keeping its finger on the pulse of areas where teachers need support and commissioning resources and CPD events to fill these. Resolutely customer-facing and operating a little like a publishing house, we spend our time researching, attending conferences and speaking to teachers to make sure that we make the right decisions about what resources to produce and when, as well as about the ways that we interact with digital and print publishers on endorsed and partner resources. We are a tight-knit and forward-thinking team, and enjoy working collaboratively and sharing ideas.

The Senior Commissioning Editor is responsible for planning a series of large-scale research projects and for long-term customer engagement plans, including how publishers and digital publishers fit into this picture. As well as synthesising and analysing the insight and recommendations made by the Commissioning Editor and Publisher Relationship Manager in their team, to develop the Product Support strategy and make recommendations to the Head of Product Support, they will also have an important oversight of all support projects and developments, particularly thinking to the future and planning forward projects and engagement requirements that help to deliver the approved Product Support strategy as defined by the Head of Product Support.

The role offers great flexibility for personal development, good scope to develop team members as part of strategic developments, as well as the opportunity to make a resounding and positive contribution to OCR’s fast-developing support offer.


What you’ll be doing

  • Leading a team of two: a Commissioning Editor and Publisher Relationships Manager.
  • Reviewing monthly insight reports from their team.
  • Incorporating Product Management suite-specific insight.
  • Building a firm and time-aware knowledge base of teacher needs, worries and problems.
  • Spotting trends to dictate reactive support projects.
  • Making decisions based on relevant directions of support development and research priorities.
  • Sharing support insight across the business.
  • Informing Product Managers on the state of the resources nation – so that these can be used as part of their strategies.
  • Fostering and guiding a pro-active approach to digital and print publishers.
  • Making recommendations to the Head of Product Support.


What we’re looking for


  • Degree level or equivalent


  • Briefing design
  • IT skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Communication skills
  • Research skills


  • Essential
    •  Publishing or resource development – be that print or digital – for the UK schools/colleges market.
    • Customer research/engagement projects.
    • Commissioning for education products or services.
    • Managing or undertaking customer and /or market research.
    • Knowledge of digital services.
    • Line management.
  • Desirable
    • Teaching


  • Collaborative – able to work with both internal and external stakeholders in productive and innovative ways.
  • Creative – able to propose creative and innovative solutions to areas of customer need.
  • Meticulous – attention to detail very important in the analysis and presentation of research projects.
  • Excellent people skills and ability to work constructively with others


Who we are 

OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) is a leading UK exam board. We provide qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes. Our general and vocational qualifications equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need for their future, helping them achieve their full potential.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:

  • Generous contributory pension
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays 
  • Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary) 
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers 
  • Cycle scheme 
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Subsidised staff restaurants
  • Support for professional qualifications
  • Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.

We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 23/09/2019 and interviews will be held on 30 September 2019.

If you’re successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.



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