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Commissioning Editor, The Arden Shakespeare

This is an exciting opportunity for a Commissioning Editor to expand Bloomsbury’s early modern drama publications under the Arden Shakespeare imprint. Building on Arden’s growing range of work on Shakespeare’s contemporaries, you will work with an internationally and culturally diverse range of scholars while establishing new partnerships to accelerate the growth of Arden’s prestigious list. Besides commissioning critical titles, you will be responsible for managing Arden’s play series, including Arden Early Modern Drama, Arden Performance Editions and the new Arden Shakespeare Fourth Series, ensuring its timely delivery and publication in print and online.

The role reports to the Senior Publisher for Theatre and Shakespeare Studies within Bloomsbury’s Academic division, and will work closely with the Editorial Director of the Classics, Drama and Literary Studies team.

The role

  • Provides the strategic direction and is commercially responsible for Early Modern Drama under The Arden Shakespeare imprint
  • Manages the Arden Shakespeare play series, including the commissioning of Arden Shakespeare Fourth Series titles and its publication in print and online
  • Researches new product lines and markets for books
  • Manages the publishing programme and is responsible for processes from peer review, title set-up and author liaison, through to the timely handover of works for production
  • May identify, manage and secure new book and digital resource publishing partnerships
  • Ensures that the Early Modern Drama and Arden Shakespeare play series lists meet key business goals in line with the global A&P strategy: global growth plans, revenue, budgets, number of projects, product mix, partnerships, and diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Acts as a spokesperson for the list and the Bloomsbury Academic Division, representing its key values, objectives and policies

Knowledge, skills and experience 

  • Strong knowledge of and passion for early modern drama
  • Results-oriented and commercially focussed and with the ability to develop negotiating skills
  • Solid experience of academic publishing with a talent for commissioning new works and demonstrable experience of strategic planning and list development
  • A track-record of working closely with authors and effectively managing a publishing programme
  • Exceptional editorial and communication skills
  • Clear commercial and market awareness
  • An energetic networker and enthusiastic, flexible team player
  • Highly organised and proficient with IT systems

Additional information

The role is a full-time permanent position

The role is based at our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a hybrid working pattern of 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred).  Allocated office days for this role are Wednesday and Thursday.

Please apply with a CV and covering letter addressed to Human Resources (Word or PDF format only) via the ‘APPLY NOW’ button detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above for this role by 19th May 2022.

Bloomsbury reserve the right to close the role early if we exceed the required number of applications

Bloomsbury Benefits

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive benefits package:

Working Pattern

  • hybrid working pattern of: 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred)


  • 25 days holiday
  • 3.5 days Christmas company holiday
  • 2 Personal Wellness Days

Other Benefits:

Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an additional 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week

Season Ticket Loan

Sharesave Scheme

In-house Doctor

Eyecare Voucher Scheme

That Day – online fitness classes, mindfulness, cookery classes, workshops etc.

Company culture! – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (BAME, Disability, Mental Health, LGBTQ and Parents, Guardians and Carers), 15 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources

For additional benefits see below

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any background, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable, and be heard and accepted. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please flag to the recruitment team if required

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

The Company

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s Academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic imprint names. Read Our Story for how it all began. 

 Bloomsbury is committed to creating a working environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration, is respectful of difference, is inclusive and ethical in its practice, and promotes well-being. We are determined to nurture and develop our employees to reach their highest potential, and we know that our success is down to the passion, commitment and hard work of our talented people. We recognise the urgent need to attract and support applicants from all backgrounds and identities to become part of the global publishing industry, allowing diverse voices to reflect and shape our culture and society.

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Commissioning Editor, The Arden Shakespeare

Freelance, Permanent
Administration, Commissioning Editor, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Commissioning Editor, The Arden Shakespeare
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Solid experience of academic publishing with a talent for commissioning new works and demonstrable experience of strategic planning and list development A track-record of working closely with authors and effectively managing a publishing programme