Editor/Copy editor (80%-100%)

Contract Type:  Open-ended

Lausanne, CH

About IMD


The Institute for Management Development (IMD) is an independent academic institution with Swiss roots and global reach, founded 75 years ago by business leaders for business leaders. Since its creation, IMD has been a pioneering force in developing leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society.
Based in Lausanne (Switzerland) and Singapore, IMD has been ranked in the Top 3 of the annual FT’s Executive Education Global Ranking for the last nine consecutive years and in the top five for 17 consecutive years. Our MBA and EMBA programs have repeatedly been singled out among the best in Europe and the world.  
We believe that this consistency at the forefront of our industry is grounded in IMD’s unique approach to creating “Real Learning. Real Impact”. Led by an expert and diverse faculty, we strive to be the trusted learning partner of choice for ambitious individuals and organizations worldwide. Our purpose is “Challenging what is and inspiring what could be, we develop leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society.”


To reinforce our team, we are looking for a

Editor/Copy editor (80–100%)

The job's mission 

The editor role, as part of a small editing team in the R&D department, involves providing high-quality editing support to members of the IMD community, primarily faculty and research associates/fellows. Examples of documents to be edited are case studies and teaching notes for classroom use and distribution to other academic institutions; articles for academic and practitioner journals (including FT50); various pedagogical and research-related materials. 


Key activities & accountabilities 

•    Copy editing and proofreading – correcting grammar, spelling and punctuation, including clarifying meanings, checking for consistency, smoothing language and polishing style. 
•    Structural editing – arranging the logic and flow of a manuscript, article or case in order to make it clear, concise and easy to read.
•    Rewriting and researching – may sometimes be required to correct problems with logic, clarity or style and to substantiate claims with facts. (Many authors at IMD are not English mother tongue.)
•    Formatting – documents are formatted according to IMD style guidelines and individual journal styles. 
•    Coordination of external editorial resources.

Note: This is not a content creation/writing role. 
Education & experience

•    University degree preferred but not essential.
•    Editorial training preferred but not essential.
•    Five years of editorial or related experience. 
•    Experience working in an academic environment would be an asset.
•    An editorial network would be an advantage.

Ideal profile

•    English mother tongue with excellent English grammar skills (mandatory).
•    Ability to work on multiple tasks with critical deadlines and shifting priorities and to manage time as required.
•    Flexibility and efficiency in balancing workload with other editors.
•    Ability to work under pressure with attention to detail and accuracy.
•    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – tact and diplomacy essential.
•    Service-oriented with team spirit.
•    Ability to comprehend complex business concepts and academic material. 
•    Ability to work in an international, culturally diverse, fast-moving, constantly changing environment.
•    Computer literacy: Excellent Word skills, with good PowerPoint and Excel; knowledge of some Adobe programs (InDesign, Photoshop) would be an advantage. 
•    Ability to flag potential copyright issues.


How to apply


If you have the above skills and would like to work in our stimulating environment, please send your complete application file (letter of motivation and resume in English, copies of your work certificates and diplomas). 

If you’re a qualified candidate with a disability (such as dyslexia, sight and/or hearing disabilities, etc) and you need a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for this position, please specify it in your application. 

A valid Swiss work permit or Swiss or EU-25EFTA citizenship is required for this position.