Production Controller

Oxford University Press
23000.00 - 26000.00 GBP Annual
10 Jul 2019
07 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

We are the world's largest university press. We have both a worldwide reach and a personal understanding of local needs, partnering on the ground to adapt publications and resources to meet the individual needs of communities, societies, and countries. We partner with researchers, educators, and technology partners to stay ahead of the changing ways people around the world are accessing and sharing knowledge. With a presence in more than 50 countries and millions of customers around the world, an idea launched at OUP can have global impact.

The Stock Planning Department manages stock levels for the Academic division ensuring maximum availability of lines with minimal stock. The Production Controller is responsible for demand planning and manufacturing the division's titles post-publication.


The Production Controller manages the division's inventory with the primary focus being to maximise sales by ensuring accurate stock availability, whilst also making accurate quantity, quality and profitability decisions. They manage a variety of programmes on internal systems and technical knowledge of Excel, SAP, and APO forecasting systems would be an advantage.

The Production Controller is also expected to develop good working relationships with a variety of contacts, from external suppliers to internal departments within OUP and to negotiate as required. The production controller maximizes departmental profitability by employing cost control, along with possessing a knowledge of manufacturing techniques that enables them to select the appropriate treatment for each title.

The controller accurately manages, coordinates, and proof reads content corrections in all formats (print, online, and digital) and carefully monitors version control.


You'll bring some previous experience with at least one of the following areas:

  • Demand planning
  • Manufacturing
  • Supplier management
  • And in a print/electronic product production environment

A fundamental requirement for this role is a keen eye for detail in order to maintain high quality products and accurate data. An understanding of stock management principles is also desirable to this position.

You will be expected to have good communication skills and be confident in negotiating.

A high level of computer literacy is essential. The successful candidate will be well organized and able to prioritize their own workload.

You'll possess enthusiasm, an aptitude for problem solving, proficiency in effective decision making, and an ability to work to tight deadlines. We believe that the skills you bring to OUP are just a starting point. We want you to have the opportunity to expand your abilities, and innovate and develop in areas which both interest you, and support your aspirations

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce, and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.