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Closing date: 26 April 2019

Company: Simon & Schuster UK

Location: London (Central)

Type: Commercial – Children’s Publishing Operations Controller

Salary Description: Competitive



Simon & Schuster is one of the most successful global publishers with a strong UK presence.  Our fiction list in the UK includes bestselling authors such as Philippa Gregory and Santa Montefiore, along with literary names such as Graham Swift, Joseph Kanon, Isabel Allende and Tom Rob Smith. Our diverse non-fiction list ranges from number one bestsellers Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run, Hillary Clinton’s What Happened, Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret and Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowers to award-winning sports books and critically acclaimed authors such as Laura Bates, Benjamin Zephaniah, David Grann and Walter Isaacson.

Our children’s list is one of the fastest growing and most innovative children’s lists in the UK, the winner of many prestigious awards with strong sales.  The list includes bestselling brand authors Cassandra Clare, Danny Wallace, Rachel Renee Russell and Ben Miller. Stars on the picture book list include the Underpants series by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, award-winner Benji Davies and bestselling picture books by Sue Hendra and Sara Ogilvie. 

Simon & Schuster also represent a number of well-respected, eclectic and successful publishers in the UK, which include Elliot & Thompson, Rebellion, Black Library, Andrews McMeel, Viz Media, National Geographic Adult, Boom! Studios, Inner Traditions, Gallup Press and Orenda Books. 

Job Profile:

Simon & Schuster UK Ltd are looking to appoint a Children’s Publishing Operations and Reprint Controller. This role will be responsible for overseeing and managing the inventory management and reprints for Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing, such as, Abi Elphinstone, Rachel Renee Russell, Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet, Claire Freedman, Cassandra Clare, and Ben Miller.


The Role:

Reporting to the Publishing Operations Manager, your role will include monitoring stock levels on all children’s title orders ensuring maximum availability on front and backlist titles, hitting key delivery dates and ensuring costs are met. This role will involve working with both publishing and warehouse systems and leading meetings associated with the management of our Children’s front and backlist titles. You will also be working alongside the Colour Production Manager, managing reprints.  The post holder will work closely with other key aspects of the business and our warehouse.

The  post holder will  manage the full end to end production of reprints for full colour Children’s titles including co-editions, having responsibility for managing stock levels, maintaining availability, KPI reporting and making decisions on initial orders and managing the life cycle of a book across the Children’s list; and also managing the shipping of backlist full colour titles.

The Candidate Profile:  

The candidate will have experience in Publishing Operations including the following areas:

Inventory management; logistics; supply chain; stock control.

Full colour Production work; negotiating prices; shipping

You must be able to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders. You will enjoy working within a small, hard-working team, and will have excellent administration, organisation and time management skills. You will have an eye for detail and possess first rate data analysis skills along with the acumen to make sound independent decisions. Commercial awareness, with a “can do” positive attitude is essential along with the ability to multi-task effectively.

Contact Details:

Please apply by following and attaching your CV and covering letter with details of your current salary and expectations.

Simon & Schuster UK is an equal opportunities employer committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse workforce. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity


Full-time, Permanent
Publishing, Publishing Support, Production, Other Publishing, Operations