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  21 Dec '21   |  Posted by: Birlinn

Birlinn Ltd Publicity & Marketing Officer – A New Year, a new start

Birlinn Ltd, Scotland’s leading independent publishing house, are looking for an outstanding, inspirational, dynamic and well connected individual to work in our Publicity and Marketing department. In this pivotal role, the successful candidate will help the company to build on recent success and drive forward.

This busy position will involve ambitious collaborative planning across Birlinn’s broad fiction and non-fiction lists to achieve far-reaching coverage through broadcast media, print and social platforms for individual authors and titles and our year-round events programme. The right person will work to support the Publicity and Marketing Director while also leading on a series of initiatives which will involve both internal and external working collaboration. As a key point of contact for media, this is an exciting opportunity and one in which you will help identify and approach platforms working to explore and offer coverage to the areas in which we publish. 

Our ideal candidate will have experience of working within a communications field and will have good existing working relationships within the media, and a successful track record delivering publicity and marketing initiatives in the arts sector. They will have experience of working with authors (or others in the arts) and will be organised and proactive. In addition to relationship building, the job involves writing content for websites and blogs and newsletters, writing advertising copy and press releases and co-ordinating campaigns for a wide range of platforms, supporting publications and freelance journalists to use our stories. It also involves working closely with colleagues in production and sales and the monitoring and measuring of effectiveness of marketing initiatives.

In this post, the successful candidate will be very much part of a happy and productive team with internal colleagues, authors and agents and external organisations.

All applicants should be able to demonstrate experience and understanding of the arts in Scotland, combined with strong interpersonal and copywriting skills.

Birlinn Ltd welcomes and encourages job applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly those from under-represented groups in the arts

Hours of work: The nature of the role requires some flexibility with occasional communications across time zones and outwith normal working hours. The contracted hours are full-time equivalent which can be worked on a flexible basis.

Our team is based in Edinburgh and while we are currently working remotely we hope to return to hybrid office/home-based working in early 2022.

For further information contact Jan Rutherford from 3 January 2022

Applications which should include a letter and full CV, should be sent to

Closing date for applications, Wed 12 January 2022

Interviews will be held on during week beginning 17 January 2022

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