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Digital Publisher / Sr. Commissioning Editor, Digital Resources

Reports to: Academic Publishing Director, Digital Resources

This role presents a rare opportunity for the right person to create a path-breaking programme in new media, to develop digital knowledge and advance their career in a highly entrepreneurial environment, and to provide students, researchers and lecturers with works of enduring value that help shape disciplines.  

The Digital Publisher / Sr. Commissioning Editor has responsibility for creating new products in the Visual and Performing Arts for our Digital Resources Division, recently formed and slated for rapid expansion. Working closely with in-house and external content providers, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing or forwarding business cases for new products, from concept through to content acquisition and will also act as digital editorial lead on those products when in development. She / he will have responsibility for signing partnership deals to enhance or supplement Bloomsbury-owned IP, and for creating products entirely through such partnerships – whether from print licensors or other media. S/he will be an experienced commissioning person and a positive, proactive self-starter with strong creative vision and an ability to work with stakeholders both within and outside the business.


  • An entrepreneurial spirit and the imagination to conceive of large-scale projects that excite and engage end users and create profile for Bloomsbury as we scale our business
  • The ability to think big and deliver
  • Self-starter, focused on the competitive landscape, who thrives on winning business and moving new ideas and products forward
  • Good interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Drive, determination and commercial creativity
  • Solid experience in academic publishing, with a demonstrable track record of successfully advancing large-scale products – ideally from partnerships, and ideally digital
  • A demonstrable ability to work well with others to advance common goals and a successful track record of working with partners / third party content providers – whether authors or licensors
  • A demonstrable understanding of the value of the editorial process to product success
  • A track record of meeting targets and deadlines
  • Knowledge of emerging trends and issues in the academic marketplace, particularly in relation to digital products and library sales


  • Business justifications for third party partnerships resulting in large scale digital resources and presentation to internal stakeholders
  • Contracting / developing products to a pre-agreed revenue target per annum to ensure delivery to our 5-year plan
  • Working with editors to brainstorm ideas for products within their subject areas
  • Serving as digital editorial lead on products produced from internal Bloomsbury IP
  • Managing market research, writing and presenting business plans for product concepts
  • Once signed off, working with Project and Product Management teams to schedule key deliverables in light of overall launch requirements
  • Under the direction of the Academic Publishing Director, research and strategically target content providers for partnership opportunities, maintaining an ongoing list of leads
  • Pitch to IP holders, underscoring the value of a Bloomsbury partnership
  • Where appropriate, respond to tenders for hosting IP
  • Contract negotiation and relationship building with external partners
  • Participating in all phases of the product life cycle, with decision-making authority on issues regarding content
  • Keeping on top of and reporting back on competitor activity to ensure we remain innovative
  • Line management of one staff member at present
  • Representing Bloomsbury at conferences and key library events, as required

About Bloomsbury Digital Resources Division

The newly-launched division is part of the Non-Consumer Division and is developing new digital content services to expand Bloomsbury’s portfolio. The Division has launched the award winning Arcadian Library Online, Drama Online, Bloomsbury Fashion Central (Berg Fashion Library, the Fashion Photography Archive, Fairchild Books Library, Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases), and Bloomsbury Food Library, along with other standout products including Bloomsbury Collections, Churchill Archive, Bloomsbury Popular Music, Bloomsbury Design Library and Bloomsbury Cultural History, Screen Studies,  Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers, Bloomsbury Architecture Library, and Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts. Forthcoming products include Theology and Religion Online, Bloomsbury Medieval Studies, and more.  

Bloomsbury offers a very collegial working environment, with a dedicated and enthusiastic team committed to excellence and innovation.

This role is based at Bloomsbury’s London office, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP, but can be flexible to work from our Oxford office or work from home  

To apply, please email your CV, a covering letter outlining how you meet the requirements, your salary expectations and notice period to

Closing date Monday 5th August 2019.

Digital Publisher / Sr. Commissioning Editor, Digital Resources

Bloomsbury Publishing plc, London
Full-time, Permanent
Events, Publishing, Publishing Support, Research, Other Publishing, Conference and Events, Project Management, Product Management, Digital, Editorial