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Editorial Director (Non-Commissioning), Mat Cover

Editorial Director Non-fiction (non-commissioning) mat cover, Bloomsbury Adult Consumer division 

Bloomsbury Trade is one of three divisions in the Bloomsbury adult consumer division, building

on Bloomsbury’s rich heritage as a publisher of bestselling, award-winning and internationally renowned fiction, poetry and non-fiction.

Our books top bestseller lists, win major international prizes and shape the direction of the cultural conversation. We are proud to be the UK’s largest independent publisher, with the freedom to develop and publish some of today’s greatest and most daring writers and thinkers.

Our non-fiction authors include Rutger Bregman, William Dalrymple, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Edward Enninful, Orlando Figes, Peter Frankopan, Elizabeth Gilbert, Johann Hari, David Kynaston, Josephine Quinn, Patti Smith, Kate Summerscale, and Lisa Taddeo.

This role is a maternity cover position our department, working on titles acquired, edited and published by the non-fiction Editorial Director responsible primarily for the areas of popular culture, memoir, ideas and upmarket celebrity, alongside some other non-fiction projects.

The role reports to the Publishing Director for Non-fiction. 

The role

The Editorial Director will edit and publish bestselling and prize-winning non-fiction. They will build relationships with well-known authors and agents. They will help foster a culture of professionalism, excellence and success, and help less senior colleagues learn how to publish well, developing good relationships across the business, particularly with sales, marketing and publicity.

Knowledge, skills and experience 

  • To deliver viable, creative, innovative publishing that is commercially successful and prize-winning.
  • Will be responsible for structural editing and advising author on their text.
  • Take books from pitch to publication and drive strategy for their publishing, working with the sales, marketing and publicity teams to achieve these goals.
  • Overseeing their publishing on the NF list, ensuring that critical path is kept to for their books.
  • Review, develop, maintain and deliver profitable publishing of their books in line with divisional targets.
  • Represent Bloomsbury internally and externally in a respectful and professional manner.
  • Maintain team spirit and positivity and encourage and demand the highest standards from team members across the division.
  • Communicate confidently with a network of authors, agents and keep colleagues on side and work effectively under pressure.
  • Work closely with authors to help structure and shape their books, so that they are both authoritative and accurate, but written with a strong commercial focus.

Additional information

The role is a full-time role fixed contract for a minimum of nine months, starting around 1st February 2024.

Salary Pay Point or Range: up to £48,000 depending on skills and experience

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 Monday and Tuesday

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 Friday 15 December

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.

Editorial Director (Non-Commissioning), Mat Cover

Bloomsbury Publishing plc, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Communications, Business Development
Salary description: 
£40,000 - £48,000

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