Current Vacancies

Subject Analysis Cataloguer

Essential skills:

  • Excellent understanding of the principles of subject analysis
  • Proficiency and practical experience in Dewey Decimal Classification and/or Library of Congress Classification
  • Experience in constructing Library of Congress Subject Heading strings
  • Understanding of the principles of RDA
  • Familiarity with the MARC21 format
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately with an eye for detail

Useful additional skills:

  • Knowledge of NLM or Moys classification and MESH headings

This post is full-time and permanent, subject to satisfactory completion of a six-month probationary period.

This post can be based in our Dumfries office, or candidates can work remotely from home, subject to satisfactory internet speeds being achievable. Full training in BDS procedures will be provided.  

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Wednesday, 15th December, 2021.

Please apply to Andrea Sherry (, including a full CV and covering letter, including details of current salary.

For a detailed position profile click here.

Working for BDS

The BDS Group is a progressive company with growing opportunities in the world marketplace of metadata provision.

Based in attractive offices in Dumfries, Scotland, but offering the possibility of remote working worldwide, BDS’s core activity is the creation of metadata on books, DVD, music, games and downloadable content. This metadata is used in the library, retail and trade, publishing and agency sectors. It is a growing commercial field where opportunities are opening as digital technology expands.

Related activity within The BDS Group includes IT and web technology, and design for web and print.

Working for The BDS Group offers the opportunity for employees to be involved in a dynamic business with expanding career opportunities. We are always open to approaches from people with the right credentials and the vision to take our business forward or to improve efficiencies within our current setup.

We have roles in Sales, Cataloguing, Annotating and Data Editing, Programming and Systems Analysis, Publisher Liaison, Web and Media Design.

Our Values

The BDS Group recognises that people are our most valuable resource. Our teams consist of highly motivated individuals who have a high level of attention to detail and are passionate about the quality of what they produce while the diversity of our teams and individuals bring new ideas and perspectives to the fore-front. The BDS Group believes in supporting its people to achieve continued personal development.