Commissioning Editor – Textbooks

An academic publisher with one of the most successful track records for growth over the last ten years is looking to recruit a Commissioning Editor to drive delivery of new product lines for their Nursing and Health list within the books division.

The Commissioning Editor will be responsible for developing a range of titles and new editions in line with strategy, with the aim of achieving continuous growth and strong profitability. The main responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting authors to write new titles and new additions from an agreed hitlist
  • Liaising with Series Editors over the development of the series
  • Presenting new book and new edition proposals to the Editorial Board
  • Negotiating terms with Authors, and contract completion
  • Visiting Lecturers on campus and attending conferences to build market knowledge
  • Maintaining up-to-date records to enable accurate forecasting
  • Collaboration with Production and Design to ensure production is within budget
  • Providing information and copy to support the marketing and sales of each title
  • Maintaining relationships with key contacts through events and communication
  • Utilising market knowledge to inform strategy.

The successful candidate will have proven experience in academic publishing, with the signing and development of products. You will have a solid understanding of the economics of book publishing and a proven ability to project-manage publishing products from initiation through to launch. Experience of conducting market research to inform and shape product development/strategy is essential, as is a strong understanding of the dynamics of academic publishing and market conditions. You will be a “self-starter”, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and have the ability to establish and maintain relationships with authors and key stakeholders.

You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, performance-related bonus scheme, and strong benefits.

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Early applications are preferred.

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Academic, Educational, STM
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Academic publishing, Project management, market research, product development, Book Publishing
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Competitive + Bonus + Benefits