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Editor - DK Life

DK, a world leader in illustrated non-fiction publishing, is looking for an Assistant Editor/ Editor to join our DK Life division to help them grow a new list of commercial narrative nonfiction titles. You will be joining a small team and play an integral role in helping to drive the creative direction and growth of this exciting new list. This role is a great opportunity for an ambitious self-starter with strong editorial abilities looking to accelerate their career.

As an Assistant Editor/ Editor for the DK Life team, your day to day tasks will include:

  • Assisting in timely delivery and quality control of new print and digital products for local and global trade markets 
  • Liaising with freelancers and ensuring book schedules are kept on track 
  • Nurturing and growing good relationships with agents, authors and freelancers 
  • Providing editorial feedback on submissions and manuscripts under development
  • Generating new ideas for the list and developing these for potential acquisition 
  • Providing strong administrative support to the Editorial Director’s responsibilities

This role will also involve managing your own work schedule, some monitoring of budgets, and working with out-of-house resources.

This role reports directly to the Editorial Director, however you will also work closely with the Jacket Coordinators and Sales, with regular engagement with the design team, production, marketing and publicity, providing you with a holistic experience of the publishing process. 

This role would suit someone with initiative, who can work collaboratively to contribute new ideas. We are looking for someone who sees solutions not problems, and who is excited by the opportunity to build a list from the ground up. You will have great project management skills, exposure to negotiations and some commercial editorial experience. Although existing InDesign experience would be desirable, it is not essential. Our ideal new team member will be innovative, resourceful, and comfortable working to strict deadlines. 

This is a rare opportunity to develop your career, building a new list, in an environment that places a strong emphasis on learning and growth. 

If this sounds like the role for you, please apply by submitting your CV and cover letter. We want to get to know you, please include the following prompts in your cover letter: 

  • What’s one book that’s been published in the last year that you wished you could have worked on? And/or; 
  • What’s one book that you’re proud to have worked on?

Closing date for applications: 8 January 2024.  

Early submissions will be prioritised. 

Salary: The banding for this role starts at £30,000, depending on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits. 

We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our people, some of which are:

  • 25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Volunteering policy and charity matching
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership
  • Summer hours

And we plant a tree for every new employee to our business

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 with a hybrid approach of working weekly from home and in DK’s office.

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, Spain and Australia, we produce books in over 100 countries and over 60 languages. Find out more on

Company: Dorling Kindersley Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW11 7BW 

Job ID: 266442

Date:  4 Dec 2023


London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW

Editor - DK Life

DK, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Communications, Business Development

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