Digital Publishing Manager: Gill & Macmillan

Gill and Macmillan, Ireland’s leading publisher of educational and trade titles, is seeking a Digital Publishing Manager for its demanding education department. The successful candidate will be responsible for the production and delivery of Gill & Macmillan’s digital content across the Primary and Post-Primary education markets. 

Working closely with the Commissioning Editors, Sales & Marketing and IT teams and managing a range of external suppliers, this individual will be tapped into our market, have an avid interest in how technology can be used to improve the education experience and be an exceptional programme and project manager.

Key responsibilities/tasks

• Determine and implement the best methods for presenting and distributing the company’s digital materials to ensure end-users have appropriate access to content at all times.

• Work closely with the commissioning team and the authors to conceptualise the required digital components of published materials.

• Build a list of trusted digital suppliers and develop effective working relationships with them.

• Create and implement best practice processes for digital content development both in-house and with external suppliers.

• Manage all digital suppliers to deliver products/projects on time and to required specifications.

• Oversee quality assurance and user acceptance testing for all digital output.

• Ensure the required user documentation/guides are created for all digital products.

• Investigate new initiatives and standards around smart content, including new authoring tools and

templates, and assess how these can be integrated into the workflow.

• Keep abreast of market developments in technology in education and monitor competitor activity in this

area, ensuring key developments and opportunities are communicated internally.

• Work closely with internal colleagues (Publishing, Sales & Marketing, IT) to ensure market feedback is built

into product and platform development.

Key competencies/experience

• A passion and talent for project management.

• Proven written and verbal communication skills.

• Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills.

• Ability to work across functions to find solutions.

• A keen interest in how technology can be used to improve the education experience.

• Communication skills and a cheerful, ‘can-do’ approach to work self-resourcefully yet cooperatively within a

successful publishing team.

• The flexibility required to work successfully within a fast-paced, high-pressured environment.

• Successful experience of working as a workstream lead in product development for web-based or print


• Third Level Qualification in Computer Science/Information Technology/Digital Technologies or equivalent.

• Excellent working knowledge of eBook, web and digital creation technologies.


Apply with CV and covering letter by 17 November 2014 to Margaret Burns, Education Publishing Director, Gill and

Macmillan, Hume Avenue, Park West, Dublin 12.