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Editorial Director, Non-Fiction, Editorial, Adult

As a crucial member of Bloomsbury Trade’s new non-fiction team, the successful candidate will have demonstrated successful publishing across a range of fascinating books. The candidate will be able to seek out new talent directly and through agents, build relationships with authors and key people in the industry, and create new opportunities for growth across history, science, memoir, current affairs and politics and popular culture and take us into commissioning spaces we currently do not explore. You will be able to identify what is special about an author and envision a plan for how to publish them with creativity, ambition and attention to detail. Author care is the heart of our business, as is an ability to identify what is truly interesting. The successful candidate will enjoy inspiring members of other teams and collaborating with them on reaching readers.

Our writers provide a window through which to see the world. Bloomsbury Trade is home to dozens of prize-winning bestsellers, including Peter Frankopan, Reni Eddo-Lodge, William Dalrymple, Lisa Taddeo, Rutger Bregman, Amia Srinivasan, Johann Hari, William Feaver, Orlando Figes, Lara Maiklem and Wendy Mitchell. Our heritage is as rich as our future.

This is a time of growth for our division, and we are looking for a talented and ambitious Editorial Director or Senior Commissioning Editor (depending experience) to join our expanding team. Your experience is less important than your non-fiction vision and your desire to be part of a successful growing team.

Knowledge, skills and experience 

The ability to communicate confidently with a network of authors, agents and media is essential, as is the ability to keep colleagues on side and work effectively under pressure while keeping to schedule. You will be scrupulous and dynamic, have a proven ability to develop ideas into commercially successful projects and enjoy working as part of an ambitious, forward-thinking, mutually-respectful team.

This is the perfect opportunity for someone in publishing looking to take the next step in their career. We welcome candidates from a wide-variety of professional experience and backgrounds and could hire at Senior Commissioning Editor, depending on experience.

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: 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 Monday 23th 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.

Please read more on our Missions and Values here.

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Editorial Director, Non-Fiction, Editorial, Adult

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Non Fiction, Publishing, Management, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Editorial Director, Non-Fiction, Editorial, Adult
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The ability to communicate confidently with a network of authors, agents and media is essential, as is the ability to keep colleagues on side and work effectively under pressure while keeping to schedule.