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Commissioning Editor/Senior Commissioning Editor

Bristol University Press (BUP) is looking to appoint a Commissioning Editor (CE) or Senior Commissioning Editor (SCE) to join the commissioning team to manage our expanding business, management and economics list. Established in 2017, the list publishes in a variety of formats including academic monographs, student textbooks and trade titles aimed at business professionals and general readers.

This is a new role that has been created at an exciting time of growth and opportunity for BUP, and we are looking for a proactive, ambitious and driven editor who will help build a dynamic and market-leading book programme.
The Press will appoint at either CE or SCE level based on demonstrated skills and experience, and would consider 0.8 FTE dependent on the right candidate. Targets will be adjusted accordingly. Experience of commissioning in business, management and economics would be an advantage.

We are based in central Bristol and operate a blended working policy. Staff can work from home and also from our offices. The majority of staff meet in the office with colleagues at least one day per week so the role will suit someone who is happy to commute to Bristol.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 17 July and it is expected that interviews will take place in early August.

What will you be doing?

The CE/SCE is mainly responsible for:

  • Originating new titles based on proposal submissions that are often actively solicited by the CE, working in accordance with the commissioning plan and revenue expectations set out by the Editorial Director
  • Undertaking research to identify trends and gaps in the market
  • Managing current contracted and backlist titles
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with authors and other stakeholders (including colleagues at BUP and the University of Bristol)
  • Representing BUP in author meetings, academic and industry conferences
  • Negotiating contractual terms and content changes with authors

You should apply if

You have

  • A minimum of two years’ experience in commissioning, as an assistant or associate editor at an academic publisher
  • In-depth knowledge of the commissioning process in academic/professional publishing
  • An understanding of the publishing process, including editorial, production, marketing and sales
  • A broad understanding of publishing contracts, copyright and permissions
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • An ability to work independently, and to solve problems with minimal supervision

Additional information

For informal queries please contact

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

Available documents

Commissioning Editor/Senior Commissioning Editor

University of Bristol, Bristol
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Commissioning Editor, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Commissioning Editor/Senior Commissioning Editor
Salary description: 
£34,304 - £43,434 per annum

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A minimum of two years’ experience in commissioning, as an assistant or associate editor at an academic publisher