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Senior Commissioning Editor Part Time

The opportunity

We are looking for an experienced, organised and enthusiastic Commissioning Editor in Bloomsbury Professional with an interest in publishing content in digital as well as print formats.  The role will report to the Head of Tax and Accounting Publishing (UK) and is a part time role of 3 days per week.

The role

  • Ensures that allocated titles/digital content  are updated in line with the requirements of the market
  • Researches new product lines and markets for books and digital content
  • Identifies, manages and secures new Digital Resource and print publishing partnerships
  • Ensures that the allocated products meet key business goals: global growth plans, revenue, budgets, no. of projects, product mix, and profit.
  • Acts as a spokesperson for the list and the Bloomsbury Academic and Professional Division, representing its key values, objectives and policies

Knowledge, skills and experience 

Commissioning & List Management

  • Commissions updates to existing print and digital products in line with the requirements of the market and liaises with authors to ensure content is delivered on time
  • Maintains and increases market awareness by reading relevant academic/industry publications,  visiting end-users; researching and analysing competitive environment and activity, market trends, developments and channels
  • Utilizes market awareness and understanding to inform future publishing strategy for products/lists/portfolios
  • Commissions and assesses proposals for new projects according to an agreed no. of titles and product mix (digital products ,new books, backlist revisions,) 
  • Coordinates peer review and market research so as to progress proposals to approval
  • Negotiates contracts with authors and partners 
  • Manages timetabling of projects under contract
  • Liaises with the Production Department to ensure that books and content for digital products are published to budget and schedule
  • Liaises with Marketing and Sales Departments for the effective promotion of allocated list and monitors sales performance.
  • Represents the company at events as appropriate
  • Ensures all metadata relating to allocated titles is accurately managed within the team to a high standard and according to Key Dates

Coordination & Administration

  • Where appropriate, keeps titles to schedule, budgeted revenue and profit targets
  • Assists where required with annual list budgeting and reforecasting duties to a high standard, keeping slippage well below the 10% tolerance threshold for no. of titles that have slipped out of the fiscal year
  • Demonstrates good time management skills, including, prioritisation, assessing and managing own   workload, meeting deadlines.
  • Manages email and inbox effectively
  • Has sound knowledge of relevant internal systems (including Biblio, Focal Point), and office management systems (Office, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Maintains databases and systems to ensure a high level of accuracy of information
  • Works to set procedures as required
  • Processes information quickly and effectively, and prioritises subsequent actions promptly
  • Prioritises more critical activities and assignments and adjusts priorities when appropriate to meet deadlines
  • Uses time effectively and prevents irrelevant issues or distractions from interfering with work completion
  • Develops avenues of questioning to ascertain correct information and ensure understanding
  • Generates innovative solutions in work situations; tries different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities
  • Manages information systems for collection, retrieval, and use of data for decision-making

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of duties.  The need for flexibility is required and the job holder is expected to carry out any other related duties that are within the employee's skills and abilities whenever reasonably instructed. 

This job description does not form part of your contract of employment.

Additional information

The role is a part-time (22.5 hours or 3 days/week Tuesday - Thurs) permanent position.

The role is based at our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP  however, as all Bloomsbury employees are currently working from home, this role will also be based from home until our offices reopen on a mandatory working pattern of 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred) – adjusted for part-time working.

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers competitive benefits, generous staff discounts and flexible working arrangements.

Please apply with a CV and covering letter addressed to Human Resources detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above for this role by 31st May 2021.

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.

Senior Commissioning Editor Part Time

Part-time, Permanent
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