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Acquisitions Editor, Illustrated - DK Life

DK has been experiencing significant success in lifestyle genres in recent months, publishing both New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling titles, and experiencing dramatic sales growth across many territories. Consumers and authors are drawn to our refreshed brand and design aesthetic, and the greater variety in our publishing.

To continue our momentum we are hiring an Acquisitions Editor in our Life division, to commission and publish illustrated non-fiction across a broad range of lifestyle topics. If you have experience of developing illustrated books for adults, we would love to hear from you.

The focus of this role will be to expand our global lifestyle publishing, targeting health and wellbeing, crafts and home, and food & drink titles. You will lead and inspire the creation of a variety of titles from complex reference volumes to practical handbooks, quirky gift titles and everything in between.

This is a very exciting opportunity for a talented individual who has the drive and commitment to really make an impact to the success of the division. You will need to:

  • Find new authors and publish original illustrated non-fiction titles;
  • Originate ideas, commission writers, and support in the commissioning of photographers and illustrators of the highest quality to deliver international sales success;
  • Have experience of co-edition publishing and a keen awareness of the global books market; and
  • Acquire non-fiction titles that will contribute to DK’s mission to create immersive books for the curious. 

If you are a self-starter, enjoy working with authors across lifestyle subject areas, have a good visual sense and a strong eye for detail, perform well under pressure, and thrive on spotting new trends and ideas, we’d love to hear from you. Please apply with your CV and cover letter by Monday 11th October.

DK is committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects the varied communities that read our books across the world. We encourage applications from all individuals, regardless of age, religion, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or social background. DK is proud to announce that we have adopted The Halo Code.

DK supports flexible working and has introduced a new ‘smart-working’ policy. This allows colleagues to work from home for up to three days a week to ensure the importance of a good work-life balance.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade, but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews or undertaking internships. For more information, visit


About our Company: 

We believe in the power of discovery. That's why we create books for everyone that explore ideas and nurture curiosity about the world we live in. From first words to the Big Bang, from the wonders of nature to city adventures, you will find expert knowledge, hours of fun and endless inspiration in the pages of our books. 

We are the world's leading illustrated publisher and a member of the Penguin Random House division of Bertelsmann, creating cutting-edge design and stunning visual books for the whole family. We are passionate about inspiring curiosity and bring people to books through their thirst for knowledge. With a global book loving community of over 800 colleagues in the UK, US, Germany, India, China, Canada, Spain and Australia, we produce books in over 100 countries and over 60 languages. Find out more on


Acquisitions Editor, Illustrated - DK Life

DK, London
Full-time, Permanent
Children's Publishing, Publisher
Commissioning Editor, Editor, Co-editions Rights & Permissions, Editorial

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