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Publishing Director - Non Fiction, Editorial Adult

Reporting to the Publisher of Bloomsbury Trade, we are looking for a brilliant and dynamic non-fiction publishing director with an evident love of books and authors and thorough understanding of how to bring them to the forefront of culture. The successful candidate will have a proven track-record of commissioning and publishing bestselling and prize-winning non-fiction. The candidate will have demonstrated an aptitude for seeking out new talent across a broad-range of non-fiction subjects and identifying what makes them special, building relationships with well-known authors and agents, a keen and insightful knowledge of the market and where it is heading, a deep curiosity and understanding of culture and our world, and an ability to manage editors effectively. This new role will be crucial in helping us determine the direction of our non-fiction publishing and implementing our ambitious plans for growth. The candidate will expand our non-fiction list, creating new opportunities to bring in hugely talented writers and thinkers across history, science, current affairs politics, nature writing and popular culture to take us into spaces aligned with our heritage and those we currently do not explore.

In collaboration with the Publisher, the successful candidate will play a pivotal role in creating and implementing our non-fiction strategy, inspiring the sales, marketing and publicity teams along the way. Vision and belief in the importance of non-fiction publishing are intrinsic to this role.

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.

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. You will be scrupulous and dynamic, have a proven ability to develop ideas into critically and commercially successful projects and enjoy working as part of an ambitious, forward-thinking, mutually-respectful team. You will sit on the management team.

This is the perfect opportunity for someone in publishing looking to take the next step in their career.

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 Friday 27th 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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Publishing Director - Non Fiction, Editorial Adult

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Management, Communications, Business Development, Project Management, Editorial
Publishing 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.