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Editorial Director/Publisher

Competitive salary


Basic Books, America’s pre-eminent publisher of award-winning non-fiction, is opening an office in London in 2020. Basic Books UK will be an imprint of John Murray Press – Hachette UK’s serious and specialist non-fiction division.

We are looking for an experienced commissioner to lead this exciting new list. You will be comfortable working with leading intellectuals, scholars and journalists on both sides of the Atlantic and feel confident working across disciplines.

They will report to Nick Davies, Managing Director of John Murray Press, but collaborate with Lara Heimert, Publisher at Basic Books US, and her editorial colleagues in New York.

This is a unique opportunity to build a serious non-fiction list with one of the most respected brands in American publishing and the support of one of the most successful publishing divisions in the UK.

Hachette UK is committed to flexible and regional working and would welcome applications from outside London.

John Murray Press is a division of Hachette UK. It was founded in January 2013 and has grown rapidly since then. It’s imprints are: John Murray, who were crowned Imprint of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2017; Two Roads, who were shortlisted for Imprint of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2019; Hodder Faith, who won Publisher of the Year at the Christian Resources Festival in 2018; Nicholas Brealey Books, which joined the division in 2016; John Murray Learning (which includes the Chambers and Brewer’s reference brands, Teach Yourself, Michel Thomas and Sheldon Press); and Jessica Kingsley Publishers, which joined the Hachette group in 2017 and was shortlisted for Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2019. John Murray Press authors have won numerous awards since 2013 including the Women’s Prize for Fiction, two Costa Awards, the Royal Society Science Prize, Richard & Judy Readers’ Award, CWA Awards, the Polari Prize, two Encore Awards, and Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. John Murray Press was shortlisted for Publisher of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards.

Basic Books: Since its founding 1950, Basic Books has shaped public debate by publishing award-winning books in history, science, sociology, psychology, politics, and current affairs. Basic’s list of influential authors includes Stephon Alexander, Isaac Asimov, Edward Baptist, H.W. Brands, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Iris Chang, George Church, Niall Ferguson, Richard Feynman, Richard Florida, Martin Ford, Howard Gardner, Victor Davis Hanson, Jonathan Haidt, Judith Herman, Christopher Hitchens, Douglas Hofstadter, Leszek Kolakowski, Kevin Kruse, Lawrence Lessig, Claude Levi-Strauss, Alice Miller, Robert Nozick, Steven Pinker, Samantha Power, Diane Ravitch, Eugene Rogan, Thomas Sowell, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Eric Topol, Sherry Turkle, Timothy Snyder, Nicholas Stargardt, Michael Walzer, George Weigel, Bee Wilson, James Q. Wilson, Richard Wrangham, Irvin Yalom, and Shing-Tung Yau.

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to Alternatively, send to HR Department, HUK, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ.

Closing date: Tuesday 3 December 2019

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds. If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

Editorial Director/Publisher

John Murray, London
Full-time, Permanent
Commissioning Editor, Editor, Non Fiction, Publishing, Publishing Support, Other Publishing, Digital Editorial, Editorial, Management