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Publishing Programme Manager (Children's) - DK Publishing Operations

Do you have a talent for organisation, are you solutions driven and do you want to work at the heart of a busy and fast-paced Children’s publishing team? If so, then this could be the ideal role for you.

As Publishing Programme Manager you will work closely with the Publishers and Global Sales teams to capture and track a varied and fast-changing list of print and digital product; you will be responsible for: confirming and communicating changes to DK's global business; assisting in the preparation of, and approvals process for, author royalty agreements; gathering costs; and maintaining accurate metadata in designated systems.

This is a great role for an individual with exceptional communication skills, commercial awareness, strong attention to detail, who works well under pressure, and who will enjoy working with a wide variety of people and departments in a key operations role.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Managing and capturing key bibliographic data for the publishing programme for print and digital editions and maintaining metadata in systems accurately and to industry standards.
  • Assisting the publishing teams in preparing royalty agreements for authors and third parties and managing the approval process.
  • Liaising with Publishers, Global Sales teams and Production to provide for the financial appraisal of titles and to manage the approval process.
  • Managing the communication of the publishing programme to the global business, including late drop-ins.
  • Collating and reviewing pitch materials for fortnightly acquisitions meetings, putting forward proposed market volumes and capturing confirmed volumes.
  • Coordinating yearly forecasting exercise, working with Publisher, Sales, Production and Finance to deliver financial appraisals to schedule.

The successful candidate will have previous publishing experience, ideally with an Operations, Contracts or Production background.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your CV and cover letter.

Closing date for applications: 2nd August 2021. 

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.   

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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

Publishing Programme Manager (Children's) - DK Publishing Operations

Dorling Kingsley, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Analyst, Commercial, Publishing, Production, Operations, Communications, Royalties, Sales, Data, Business Development, Finance
Publishing Programme Manager (Children's) - DK Publishing Operations

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Publishing experience, ideally with an Operations, Contracts or Production background