Options Consultancy Services – Copy-Editor/Proof-reader (Consultant).

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Options is seeking a pool of proactive and trusted freelance Copy-Editors to edit/proofread Options’ copy in line with the organisations (or programme specific) style guide and editor brief, ensuring the intellectual rigour and editorial quality of Options’ publications and increasing the impact of our work.
Depending on the text, copy-editing can involve light to substantive rewriting of sections of text, suggestions for structural changes and advice on tone/style/overall voice of the writing.


Ensure the publication design is as intended (columns, spacing, branding)
Identify any typesetting/design errors


  • Create a list of acronyms if there are a high number of acronyms in the text (if required)
  • Check that document is written in British English
  • Identify and query:
  • Errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation, and in use and style
  • Clarity, ambiguities, irrelevancies, repetition and sense
  • The appropriate language level for the intended audience
  • Factual accuracy, consistency and house style (n.b. highlight any data-dependant information that may need to be updated before publication and check data is complete and correct in tables and figures)
  • Logical and consistent structure and style, including the hierarchy of headings (e.g. capitalisation, style etc)
  • Consistency of labels, captions and legends for illustrations or graphics (where applicable)
  • Presence and correspondence of cross-references, including names, references, tables, figures and footnotes (n.b. footnotes should not be used for citations; links should be written out, not embedded within text; and automatic footnotes within boxes, figures and tables should be re-added manually, immediately below the asset and indicated with a lowercase roman numeral)
  • Copyright acknowledgement and permissions, making sure all assets have titles and sources/credits, and all photos have captions
  • Libel, obscenity, blasphemy, incitement to racial hatred or plagiarism
  • Look out for over-use of technical jargon/overcomplicated sentences
  • Check that every table has a title, number and source (e.g. where it’s the authors’ own elaboration it could say: Source: authors’ own calculation based on primary research
  • Ensure the relevant copy is accessible from a disability perspective (particularly for specific Options programmes)
Person specification: 

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Professional qualification or degree in a relevant subject (e.g. writing, journalism, literature etc) or comparable  relevant experience
  • 4+ years of proven working experience as an Editor, Copy-Writer, Content Writer or Ghost-Writer
  • Experience in editing technical document, making them more accessible, and in improving their readability and structure
  • Strong administration and organisational skills including good time management
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines and under pressure
  • Sound interpersonal skills
  • Ability to shape content for different audiences
  • Meticulous attention to detail and initiative orientated, and ability to remain detailed-oriented and focused when processing large amounts of text/jargon/technical language
  • Strong computer literacy: facility with MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Excellent communication skills and copy writing skills (strong ability to write clearly and with good logic, and ensure that content has correct punctuation, grammar, and syntax.)
  • Proficiency with applying the principles of style guides, such as the Chicago Manual of Style, Harvard Style, to different types of writing and referencing
How To Apply
  • To apply, please fill in the form here


  • Closing date for applications is:19 November 2021
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.
  • Please submit writing sample/examples of your work as an attachment
  • The application process will include the completion a design task
  • Please note that this role will be subject to full pre-employment background checks including criminal record check, identification check, employment references and right to work verification (where appropriate).
Other information: 
  • Options is an equal opportunities employer
  • Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.
  • We seek people who are pro-choice, energetic and enthusiastic about Options’ vision.




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