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Editorial Director, Atlantic Non-Fiction

Do you live and breathe brilliant non-fiction? Are you a curious, intellectually engaged reader with an insatiable appetite for great writing and bold thinking? Are you proactive and engaged in the world of ideas and stories? Can you combine immaculate editorial taste and standards with commercial nous and an instinct for what makes a book really capture readers’ imaginations, break out in the market and endure?

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen at award-winning independent publisher Atlantic Books for an Editorial Director. Commissiong 8-10 titles per year for the company’s flagship non-fiction imprint, taking a key role in a dynamic new team, this is a chance to see your books make deep and lasting impact: in-house, across the independent alliance, and in the market.

Atlantic Non-Fiction has an enviable heritage of publishing bold thinkers and prizewinning writers in Politics, History, Memoir, Science and Ideas. From the late Christopher Hitchens to Tomiwa Owolade, from Kai Bird and Martin J Sherwin’s American Prometheus to Sir Anthony Seldon’s Johnson at 10, from John Kampfner’s Why The Germans Do it Better to Isabel Hardman’s Why We Get the Wrong Politicians, Atlantic Non-Fiction has always sparked conversation, captured the imaginations of readers around the world, and surprised the bestseller lists.

Creative, proactive and dynamic, you’ll need an independent spirit, a track record of excellent and commercially successful commissioning, a global outlook and a hunger for new ideas. You’ll be as comfortable proactively generating projects and approaching potential writers as you are fielding submissions from literary agents both domestic and international.

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to Group Non-Fiction Publisher Ed Faulkner, outlining why you are interested and what you believe you could bring to Atlantic:

Who we are:

Atlantic Books is an award-winning independent publishing house. A founding member of the Independent Alliance, Atlantic encompasses four imprints: Atlantic Fiction, Atlantic Non-Fiction, Corvus, and Allen & Unwin; we also have a very successful partnership through Grove Press UK. Our authors have won every major prize, from the Man Booker to the Baillie Gifford, and our teams have an enviable track record in terms of industry awards. Based in London’s historic Bloomsbury, we operate core hours of 10am-4pm; flexible working around these parameters can be discussed in the interview process.

Benefits to working at Atlantic include the following:

  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • A minimum of 23 days’ holiday per year excluding bank holidays, rising to 25 after two years
  • Two volunteer days a year
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free eye tests and flu vaccinations
  • Pension scheme
  • The option to apply for private health insurance
  • Mentoring and network opportunities within the Independent Alliance

We offer equal opportunities regardless of gender, race, faith, socio-economic background, age, disability, sexual orientation, and national origin, and by doing so, aim to reflect the world around us. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments during the interview process.

Closing Date: Monday 3rd June 2024

Salary: c.£41k-£51k, depending on experience

Location: 26-27 Boswell Street, London WC1N 3JZ

Editorial Director, Atlantic Non-Fiction

Atlantic Books, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Non Fiction, Publishing, Management, Communications, Editorial
Editorial Director, Atlantic Non-Fiction
Salary description: 
c.£41k-£51k, depending on experience

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You’ll be as comfortable proactively generating projects and approaching potential writers as you are fielding submissions from literary agents both domestic and international.