Apr 14, 2021

Head of Translations / German to English Senior Translator

  • AST Language Services Ltd
  • Nottingham, UK
Full time Translation

Job Description

We’re currently seeking a full-time Head of Translations / German to English Senior Translator to work in-house at our Nottingham-based company.


In recent years we’ve built a successful team of in-house translators and proofreaders working mainly from German to English, but also from several other European languages. Our clients have very exacting requirements in terms of both translation quality and our overall responsiveness. To meet these expectations our team have highly developed translation, proofreading and time-management competences. An opportunity has now arisen to appoint a talented translator with the necessary people skills to manage the department. Reporting to the Managing Director you will possess the ambition and skillset to develop our team to their highest capabilities whilst remaining focused on business and organisational priorities.


You will fulfil the following essential requirements:

  • Fluent in English to native level
  • At least a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree in German
  • At least three years’ full-time experience as a freelance or in-house translator
  • Excellent, demonstrable translation and proofreading skills and English writing style
  • Sound IT and computer-aided translation (CAT) skills
  • Flexibility
  • Attention to detail
  • An ability to grasp new concepts quickly, take the initiative and work independently
  • Very good time management skills
  • A thorough and rigorous approach
  • Good appraisal and feedback skills


You will also ideally have one or more of the following:

  • An MA in translation studies
  • An excellent command (at least university level) of a second foreign language
  • Experience in writing English-language copy, e.g.in journalism or a similar field
  • Experience in training or mentoring staff, ideally other translators
  • Line management experience


The position entails the following main responsibilities:

  • Managing our internal translation department
  • Providing liaison between our translation team and our project managers to produce high-quality results
  • Monitoring and optimising in-house translator productivity and operational reporting processes
  • Translating texts on a wide variety of different subjects, offering a number of subject specialisms
  • Working to a high level of accuracy and with an output of approximately 2,000–2,500 words per day
  • Proofreading the work of other internal and external translators
  • Using a variety of CAT tools and other translation resources
  • Handling queries and other feedback from clients in both English and German
  • Maintaining in-house translation resources (glossaries and translation memories)


As you gain more experience, further opportunities are likely to include:

  • Line management of in-house translator colleagues
  • Managing larger translation projects
  • Helping to train interns and work experience students
  • Representing the company at university talks and similar events


Start date: 1 June 2021 or by arrangement.


A managerial-level salary with benefits along with full on-the-job training is offered. Some homeworking may also be considered. To apply, please send a CV and detailed covering letter to jobs@astls.co.uk. Please note that we are unable to reply to all applicants individually. Applicants who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date may assume that they have regrettably not been successful on this occasion. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to attempt a number of translation test pieces before successful candidates are invited for interview.


Job posted on 14 April 2021; closing date 30 April 2021.