We are looking for a keen and conscientious proofreader, with an exceptional eye for detail and a passion for the written word.

We are a Birmingham-based agency of 50 dedicated professionals, focused on making the world a better place by enabling good decision making through powerful storytelling. 

Working within our Studio function, you’ll be responsible for ensuring the quality and consistency of all our client work across mixed media, ensuring the accuracy of spelling, grammar and punctuation, while reviewing styling and formatting against guidelines, and offering suggestions or recommendations to improve the work wherever possible.

You should be a great communicator, with a proactive, flexible attitude, and a responsive, collaborative approach, an aptitude for problem solving, and a desire to grow and develop.

In return, you’ll gain exposure to a broad range of business sectors, including fashion, retail, financial services, pharmaceuticals, logistics, real estate, energy, tourism, construction, publishing and more. 

You’ll improve your existing proofreading skills, gain commercial awareness and understanding of investor relations and corporate communications, and be encouraged and supported to work towards development goals that benefit both you and the business. We encourage critical thinking, welcome fresh and new ideas, and constantly strive to adapt, improve, and innovate.

The Studio serves our clients between 8am and 7pm. You’ll be working flexibly within this operating window, and working hours will change throughout the year to ensure we are providing the appropriate levels of support. 

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Proofread all client work across print and digital as requested by internal stakeholders, highlighting errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation, as well as looking for consistency in styling, formatting and sequencing
  • Content check artwork outputs against the client’s supplied documents, checking for errors or omissions in content against the originals
  • Sense check content and make recommendations for editing where appropriate and within the permissible parameters of the work 
  • Ensure consistency and accuracy of content within individual projects and across a suite of work, e.g. phrasing, URLs, page references, upper/lowercase, hyphenation, etc.
  • Ensure alignment of work to client style and brand guidelines
  • Provide excellent service to internal customers and clients, demonstrating flexibility and adaptability in resolving queries and finding solutions to challenges
  • Liaise directly with clients as needed, providing support during project delivery
  • Work collaboratively and proactively by offering and seeking support, advice and insight, in order to make every product we create better than its predecessor

Required skills

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, with a degree in English or demonstrable equivalent experience
  • At least 1 years’ experience in a proofreading role
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods while maintaining accuracy 
  • Exceptional attention to detail with high quality standards
  • Good organisational skills and a methodical working style
  • Able to work to tight deadlines, sometimes under pressure
  • Experience in Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word and Excel; knowledge of Google Docs and Adobe InCopy is desirable but not essential
  • Energetic and self-motivated, with the ability to multitask and prioritise own workload
  • Good collaboration skills, able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Proactive, forward thinking and embracing of change and development 
  • A problem solver with critical thinking skills, willing to challenge and be challenged, see the big picture

Remuneration

The salary for the role is £18,000 - £22,000 dependent on experience. If you're interested in applying, please email your CV and a covering letter to jobs@jonesandpalmer.co.uk.

This role can be worked remotely, however, there will be times when you would need to travel to our office in Birmingham – for example, key meetings or team building sessions.

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