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Assistant Editor, Children's Publishing

– Full time, permanent

– Salary: £23,000-26,000, depending on experience

– Hybrid working potential, based in Central London

– Closing date: Sunday 16 October 2022

Thames & Hudson is the leading global publisher of illustrated books on the visual arts, history and popular culture We are seeking a well-organized, meticulous and creative Assistant Editor to work on our award-winning list of children’s art books, illustrated non-fiction, picture books, activity books and pop-ups. This is an exciting new position, designed to support our small but busy department as we increase the number of titles on T&H’s successful children’s list.

Based in London, the Assistant Editor will provide essential editorial and administrative support in the delivery of fully illustrated books for co-edition publishing and play an important role in liaising with colleagues in T&H’s New York, Melbourne and Hong Kong offices on books that cater to an international market. The role also represents the opportunity to independently manage a small number of titles, working directly with our highly esteemed authors, illustrators, and museum and gallery partners.

The Role

Reporting directly to the Commissioning & Managing Editor you will provide editorial and administration support to the C&ME and the Children’s Editor, including:

– proofreading all copyedited texts and preparing text files for print

– preparing files for first-time paperback and board book releases

– coordinating weekly work-in-progress meetings

– overseeing the Americanization process

– independently managing 2-3 titles per year, working directly with authors, illustrators, institutional contacts and freelancers

– acting as a main point of contact between the Children’s team in the London office and colleagues in our New York and Melbourne offices

– liaising with International Rights, Sales and Marketing

– providing dedicated administrative support, including organizing book fair appointments.

There will also be the opportunity to assist in the commissioning, development and acquisition of new titles.


Knowledge, skills and experience

– Working knowledge of the children’s publishing industry and its processes

– Impeccable proofreading skills and an excellent command of English spelling and grammar

– Excellent written and verbal communication skills

– Confidence liaising directly and collaborating with third parties including authors, illustrators and freelancers

– Strong attention to detail and commitment to quality

– Effective time management and prioritization skills, and a proactive approach to problem-solving

– Sensitive and proactive approach towards diversity and inclusivity

– Proficient working in Microsoft packages, Adobe InDesign and Acrobat Pro

– Aptitude for copywriting and copyediting

– A genuine enthusiasm for children’s books and the arts

– A degree in art history would be a bonus, but not essential


Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.

At Thames & Hudson, we believe that employing a diverse workforce is essential to continuing success and selection decisions are based on applicants’ experience and skills. We welcome applications from everyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion or belief.

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter outlining how you meet the requirements above to Sophie Castle,  The deadline for applications is Sunday 16 October 2022.

Apart from working with a highly talented and creative group of people, we offer:

·          28 days holiday plus bank holidays

·          Profit share scheme

·          Interest-free loan for a rent deposit or season travel ticket

·          Discounts off our lovely T&H books and co-editions

·          Generous pension contributions

·          Employee Assistance Program

·          Cycle to Work Scheme

·          Film Club

And more!

Assistant Editor, Children's Publishing

Thames & Hudson, London
Full-time, Permanent
Assistant Editor, Children's Publishing
Salary description: 
£23,000 - £26,000

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