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Vacancy For The Role Of A Proofreader

Date Posted: 02/Aug/2014
Deadline: 14/Aug/2014

Our client is one of the largest printing organizations in sub-Saharan Africa based in Lagos Nigeria. They possess top-class equipment and facilities that cannot be rivalled on the continent. As a result of growth and expansion, the position of a Proofreader has become vacant.



As a proofreader, the ideal candidate will carefully check printings or job design ‘proofs’ – documents and designs which show how the final pages of a written text will be laid out. He/she’ll ensure that material is clear and consistent, complete and credible, and that text is well written, grammatically correct and accessible. The candidate will also provide a final quality check to make sure that nothing has been missed.


  • Check written text after it has been edited, note down any observation before approving for printing or publishing.
  • Ensure there are no errors such as letters/font designs in the wrong order.
  • Ensure page numbers are in the right order.
  • Make certain chapter titles match the list of contents.
  • There are no confusing words, column or page breaks.
  • Liaise regularly with clients by phone and email.
  • Check that clients have provided all the required materials and paperwork.
  • Resolve queries directly with the author, e.g. style and text inconsistencies.
  • Ensure that illustrations are correctly captioned.
  • Produce or work to a style checklist to ensure consistency in hyphenation, capitalisation, formatting of references, etc.
  • Sub-edit text written by a number of authors to ensure consistent house style.
  • Maintain awareness of new words or phrases coming into popular usage with a view to ensuring they’re appropriate for the readership.
  • Discusses and resolve any potentially libellous sections with the commissioning editor and author.
  • Ensure that printings are prepared on budget and to schedule
  • Illustrations have the right captions and relate to the text.
  • Ensure the layout is logical and attractive.
  • Highlight /mark any changes that need to be made and properly inform the client.
  • Discuss any changes that could result in extra cost or a delay in printing to the client
  • Read copies of jobs to make sure there are no spellings, grammatical or typographical errors (Every comma MUST be in place and every word is spelled correctly).


  • A passion for the editing write ups.
  • Eye and interest in graphics.
  • Must have impeccable spelling, grammar and knowledge of style.
  • Must have high level of concentration for long period.
  • The ideal candidate will need to be accurate and pay close attention to detail.
  • Ability to cope with repetitive task.
  • Ability to understand and use editing and proofreading marks.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and work independently.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word for the creation, editing, and review of documents including formatting text and tables, embedding graphics, and using tracking modes.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel for the creation and use of spreadsheets including sorting and filtering data, using basic formulas, and creating graphs when needed.
  • Ability to use Microsoft PowerPoint for creating, editing, and viewing presentations including using slide templates, inserting graphics, and printing handouts.
  • Reporting skills, deadline-oriented, time management.
  • Firm understanding of the editorial process; general understanding of the production process, including ability to recognize layout problems.
  • Must possess strong communication skills at all business levels, both internal and external.
  • Effective presentation and good team spirit skills; (you will be working with authors, editors and typist).
  • Must possess tact and diplomacy for working with writers.



  • Degree in English, Mass Communication, Paper Science or other related field very preferable.
  • Prefer a minimum of 3 – 5 years solid experience of proofreading/editing in a printing, journalism or publishing environment.
  • Prior experience leading in editing and proofreading is desirable.



Monday – Friday: 8 am – 6pm


Saturday: Half-day



Salary is between N80, 000 – N150, 000/ m (depending on experience)



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