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Trade Commissioning Editor/Trade Senior Commissioning Editor

Bristol University Press (BUP) is looking for a Trade Commissioning Editor (CE) or Trade Senior Commissioning Editor (SCE) to join their dynamic and committed team.  The CE/SEC will be responsible for driving our trade publishing programme in ambitious new directions, in broad alignment with the Press’s dedication to promoting social and environmental justice and to addressing global social challenges. Topics will include current and international affairs, social affairs, environment, and cultural studies.

This is the first role at the Press to focus exclusively on trade titles and it is a fantastic opportunity for a talented editor who is committed to social change and brings experience of commissioning successful titles for a serious trade audience. It is a chance to develop the Press’s trade publishing capacity and skills across the functional teams and share expertise with colleagues. The Editor will have the opportunity to publish books that tackle important issues such as inequality, diversity and climate action, building on previous bestsellers such as The Class CeilingWhite Privilege and Radical Empathy.

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.

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 with regular travel to Bristol.  

What will you be doing?

The CE/SCE will be responsible for proactively acquiring and managing new trade book projects (both from agents and direct from authors). They will ensure that high-quality, accessible content is delivered on time and to budget. They will be responsible for building a profitable list, driving ideas forward and making projects happen, working very closely with marketing, publicity, and sales colleagues.

You should apply if

The successful candidate will have proven experience of commissioning serious trade titles and a track record of managing commercially successful lists. Ideally the Editor will have some knowledge of academic publishing and experience of commissioning in related subject areas would be an advantage. They will share BUP’s commitment to global impact and author care and have strong organisational skills, the ability to juggle competing priorities, to think critically, and problem solve. We are looking for someone who is creative, reliable and unflappable with excellent editorial, copy-writing, and interpersonal skills.

This is a challenging role for a motivated and enthusiastic individual with ideas and an ability to spot potential opportunities for successful trade titles. The CE/SCE will be part of a passionate team, responsible for building an exciting frontlist and contributing to the success of BUP.

UK and international travel may be required.

Additional information

Informal queries to:  Victoria Pittman, Editorial Director (

  • Salary: £34,304 - £38,587 per annum - Grade I or £38,587 - £43,434 per annum - Grade J
  • This advert will close at 23:59 GMT on Tuesday 8 February 2022.
  • Interviews anticipated week commencing

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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.

Trade Commissioning Editor/Trade Senior Commissioning Editor

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Commissioning Editor, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Trade Commissioning Editor/Trade Senior Commissioning Editor
Salary description: 
£34,304 - £38,587 per annum - Grade I or £38,587 - £43,434 per annum - Grade J

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The successful candidate will have proven experience of commissioning serious trade titles and a track record of managing commercially successful lists