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Commissioning Editor - Books

Salary £30k

Location: Stamford, Lincs (home working considered)

The Company

Having produced magazines and media for nearly 40 years, Key Publishing is firmly established as the world’s leading publisher of transport and specialist leisure titles. The company has an extensive portfolio of consumer and business-to-business print and digital magazines operating in the sectors of aviation, military history, rail and road transport as well as railway and scale modelling, together with a wide range of bookazines and a growing number of books.

The Opportunity

Key Publishing is now looking for a Commissioning Editor to play an important role in its new book division, publishing illustrated titles in Key’s core subject areas. The Commissioning Editor will build the list in these areas by commissioning and editing best in class content, overseeing titles through the whole publishing process. This is an exciting opportunity to join a market-leading business with unique reach to enthusiasts together with excellent connections to relevant organisations and industry. There is excellent scope for career development as we build a friendly, professional team. This role also offers the possibility of working remotely, together with a competitive salary and 25 days’ holiday entitlement.

The Role

  • Commissioning new books and ensuring their quality.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with authors to develop titles from proposal through to profitable publication.
  • Delivering and project managing new titles in line with the publishing strategy.
  • Negotiation of terms with authors as appropriate.
  • Expanding Key Publishing’s network of authors and organisations for the book division.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

You’ll have proven experience of taking a book from concept to finished copy, with excellent commissioning and editing skills, and sound project management. You will be collaborative and an accomplished editor with a record of successful specialist titles. You will know the market thoroughly and be adept at finding new authors and opportunities. Your commissioning experience will have been gained in a book publishing environment, ideally within Transport, Heritage and illustrated books. You will have the commercial judgment to identify and develop successful subject areas. You will also be a good communicator with the ability to build excellent relations with authors. You will have a positive approach that helps you to succeed.

To Apply

Please send a CV and a brief summary of why you would be the best person for the job to:

Samantha Scholes, Head of HR, Key Publishing Ltd, PO Box 100, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 1XQ


Key Publishing Ltd is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Applicants will be invited for interview based on merit.

Closing date for applications:  

October 4th, 2019

Commissioning Editor - Books

Key Publishing, Stamford
Full-time, Permanent
Publisher, Trade
Commissioning Editor, Editor, Publishing, Publishing Support, Other Publishing, Digital Editorial, Editorial