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Editor, Bloomsbury Wildlife (Mat Cover)

Bloomsbury Wildlife is the world’s leading publisher of natural history books. Its list includes general trade titles featuring authors such as Chris Packham, Amy-Jane Beer, Ben Goldsmith and Sophie Pavelle, as well as specialist natural history works in the Helm, Bloomsbury Naturalist, British Wildlife Collections and Poyser imprints, and much else besides.

We’re looking for a creative and highly organised individual to join the editorial team for a year at Editor level. The role will see them utilise editorial and project-management skills in an exciting role, which will involve managing a number of full-colour books through the editorial process, from manuscript delivery through to publication. It requires liaison with authors, freelance editors, photographers, illustrators, designers and in-house colleagues.

Working closely with the commissioning team, this is a great opportunity for a talented editor keen to make their mark in an exciting and challenging branch of non-fiction publishing.

The role

  • Project-managing full-colour titles from across the list (both specialist and trade) through the editorial process from acquisition through to publication
  • Establishing good relationships with authors and agents
  • Briefing and managing freelance copy-editors, proof-readers and designers, including briefing page-layout designs for full-colour titles as required
  • Liaising with authors, designers, illustrators and editors, collating comments and ensuring final files are ready for press on budget and on schedule
  • Writing Advance Information sheets, briefing jackets and writing copy, and managing metadata to a high standard
  • Working with the Rights Department to gather materials for foreign editions and to prepare rights catalogues

Knowledge, skills and experience 

  • Editorial experience in illustrated book publishing
  • Meticulous attention to detail and strong organisational skills
  • Excellent proof-reading and copy-editing skills
  • The ability to write strong sales copy and blurbs
  • The ability to prioritise and use initiative, juggling several projects at one time
  • Solid time-management skills to cope with competing deadlines
  • Basic knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator helpful but not essential
  • Interest in wildlife and the natural world

Additional information

The role is a full-time temporary (one year maternity cover) position

Salary Range: £29,000–£32,500 depending on experience

The role will be based at our London office at 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP, though we will consider applicants who wish to work at our Oxford office (Kemp House, Chawley Park, Cumnor Hill, Oxford, OX2 9PH). There is 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 Mondays and Tuesdays.


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 midnight Friday 1st March 2024.

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

Other Benefits

  • Two paid Personal Wellness Days
  • Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an additional 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Sharesave Scheme
  • AXA Healthcare Plan (Private Medical Insurance)
  • In-house Doctor
  • Eyecare Voucher Scheme

Company culture – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (Bloom (BAME), Accessibility, Mental Health, Pride, and Parents, Guardians and Carers) and 21 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.

Please read more on our Missions and Values here.

Please read our environmental policy here.

Editor, Bloomsbury Wildlife (Mat Cover)

Contract, Maternity Cover
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Editorial
Editor, Bloomsbury Wildlife (Mat Cover)
Salary description: 
£29,000 - £32,500

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Editorial experience in illustrated book publishing Meticulous attention to detail and strong organisational skills Excellent proof-reading and copy-editing skills