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Acquisitions Project Editor - DK Licensing

Do you enjoy thinking of creative and immersive ways to explain non-fiction to children?  Are you on top of the latest trends in children’s book publishing? Have you had experience in managing illustrated book projects?  If so, read on…

DK is a world leader in illustrated non-fiction publishing and we’re expanding. As part of the growth plans in our Licensing division we are now recruiting an Acquisitions Project Editor for our children’s Culture list.

The focus for the Acquisitions Project Editor, Culture will be to execute the publishing program in close partnership with the Senior Acquisitions Editor. You will get to work on a list with award-nominated books, which reflect culture and society for today’s kids and families, in a highly motivated team. 

DK is the exclusive children’s publisher for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and you will be the lead editor for their publishing program, along with other partners such as Classic FM. You will also lead our growing middle grade non-fiction strategy, working with high profile authors such as Bear Grylls. 

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual who takes ownership of their projects and loves to try out new ideas. For this role, you will need to be comfortable:

  • Signing up, briefing, and giving feedback to authors and contributors
  • Managing simultaneous books a year with multiple stakeholders, from concept to print
  • Executing books to the highest standards for 15-20 titles a year (board, illustrated, and middle grade non-fiction)

An interest in arts and humanities is desirable but not essential. You should ideally have experience working on illustrated non-fiction books as well as mono narrative titles for ages 0-12. But if you are a self-starter, enjoy building relationships with authors, have a good visual sense and a strong eye for detail, and perform well under pressure, we’d love to hear from you.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your CV and a cover letter before 4 June 2023. 

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

Acquisitions Project Editor - DK Licensing

DK, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Licensing, Communications, Business Development, Project Management, Editorial, Acquisitions
Acquisitions Project Editor - DK Licensing

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Signing up, briefing, and giving feedback to authors and contributors Managing simultaneous books a year with multiple stakeholders, from concept to print