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Editor, Children's Publishing

– Full time, permanent contract

– Salary: £30,000

– Hybrid working potential, based in central London

– Closing date: Sunday 18 December 2022

Thames & Hudson is the leading global publisher of illustrated books on creativity and visual culture. We have an exciting opening for a highly motivated project editor with meaningful experience in a similar role within children’s publishing to work on our award-winning list of children’s books.

Based in London, you will independently project manage a range of illustrated non-fiction books for children, as well as some picture books, activity books and pop-ups. You will know how to expertly manage and inspire our talented roster of authors, illustrators, and museum and gallery partners, playing an important role in delivering multiple projects on time and to budget. With a meticulous eye for detail, and a collaborative team spirit, you will liaise closely with the Commissioning Editor in the development of new projects from concept stage and enjoy the support of a dedicated Assistant Editor.


The Role

Reporting directly to the Commissioning & Managing Editor, your key responsibilities include:

– Manage book projects independently from proposal stage through to delivery, ensuring books are delivered on time, to budget and to a high standard

– Proactively manage authors, illustrators, designers and freelancers, chasing material and providing feedback as required

– Liaise closely with Design, Production, Picture Research and Pre-Press

– Report progress on projects under management; openly communicate any issues with or changes to content or schedules; collaboratively discuss solutions to challenges you encounter

– Copyedit non-fiction books in close collaboration with external authors, editors, consultants and publishing partners, ensuring texts are engaging and accessible for the target age range and meet the approval of key stakeholders

– Work closely with freelance fiction editors to ensure picture book texts are satisfying page-turners and a joy to read aloud

– Liaise closely with International Rights and colleagues in our New York office in the development of new titles to ensure projects respond to book fair feedback and meet the requirements of international co-publishers

– In consultation with the Commissioning Editor, develop new projects from concept stage and define editorial style guides for new series

– In consultation with the Commissioning Editor, brief editorial freelancers and contributors, negotiating fees as required

– Present new titles at internal book fair meetings and sales conferences

– General administration as required


Knowledge, skills and experience

– Effective time management and prioritisation skills with the ability to deliver multiple projects at once

– Impeccable editorial copyediting and proofreading skills; strong attention to detail and commitment to quality

– Fantastic communicator and collaborator

– A passion for children’s books, and a solid understanding of children’s needs and interests across different age ranges

– Sensitive and proactive approach towards diversity and inclusivity

– Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe InDesign


Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.

At Thames & Hudson, we believe that employing a diverse workforce is essential to continuing success and selection decisions are based on applicants’ experience and skills. We welcome applications from everyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion or belief.

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter outlining how you meet the requirements above to Sophie Castle,  The deadline for applications is Sunday 18 December 2022.

In addition to working with a highly talented and creative group of people, we offer:

·          28 days holiday plus bank holidays

·          Profit share scheme

·          Interest-free loan for a rent deposit or season travel ticket

·          Discounts off our lovely T&H books and co-editions

·          Generous pension contributions

·          Employee Assistance Program

·          Cycle to Work Scheme

·          Film Club

And more!

Editor, Children's Publishing

Thames & Hudson, London
Children's Publishing
Editor, Children's Publishing
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Time Management, copyrighting, Proofreading, Children's books, Microsoft Office