Jobs • 8 June 2009 • The SnowBlog


You'll recall that at the start of this year Rob, Robin and I started a new business, Onix Central, You'll be pleased to know it's going very well indeed, to the point that we're now hiring. (And getting an office in Oxfordshire which will have its very own post.) Click below the line or download a job spec for Onix Administrators. This is a superb opportunity for someone looking for their first break in publishing - probably a recent graduate. It's a 6 month contract - this isn't a job for life, but instead will get you a CV to die for. You'll be working for me, so you'll also be able to learn about how Snowbooks works. And judging by the many applications I get for unpaid work experience, I'm sure that the prospect of a paid job where you learn this stuff is rather fine. You will have to be very comfortable with computers. I'm not necessarily expecting you to be able to process XSLT using Eclipse on the first day, although that would be great, but I need you to be fascinated by what I'm talking about and keen to learn. In fact, you should be googling it right now. (And heads up: if you come to interview, guess what I'm going to ask?) Ideally, you don't just use Amazon: you dig around in their API. You don't just Twitter: you write little Twitter apps. You blog, but you've installed it yourself and tweaked the CSS to your tastes. Sound like you? Better apply. Job Title: Onix administrator Location: North Oxford Travel Required: None Level/Salary Range: 9 / hour Position Type: 6 month contract HR Contact: Emma Barnes Date written: 5/6/2009 Will Train Applicant(s): Yes Job starts from: 4/7/2009 Applications Accepted By: E-mail to: Subject Line: RE: Onix Administrator Role Mail: Email applications only, please. Onix Central is a software business which has rapidly established itself as the provider of choice for book publishers, distributors, agents and other industry players of all sizes seeking to manage and put to work their bibliographic data. With a fast-growing client base we are looking to establish a team of motivated graduates looking for a first role in publishing which will provide them with solid experience to stand them in good stead for their career. Visit to find out more about the company. Job Purpose: To work on a variety of ONIX / XML client projects ranging from database implementations to websites and marketing materials creation. Duties: To work on tasks as defined by the Directors Tasks to include but not limited to data cleansing; database population with client data; XSLT editing and use; website editing in Xhtml; database testing; writing support notes for clients. Responsibility to identify and escalate both client concerns and ideas stemming from work on the tasks which can be used to improve our offer. The successful candidate will have an ability to work on his or her own as well as part of a team, annd will be keen to use the opportuity to get a solid grounding of work experience in this role that will help them in their future career in publishing. Possible scope for additional experience to be gained in the directors sister company, award winning independent publisher Snowbooks. Skills/Qualifications: Good communicator, written and verbal Have a good understanding of relational databases and of XML. Current skills are less important than a firm grasp of the concepts and a willingness to learn new skills Desire to be at the cutting edge of XML usage in publishing Problem solver Willingness to be part of a small team Ideally, working knowledge of XML, XLST and ONIX, Dublin Core, MARC, OReilly Labs


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