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Editorial Director (12 month FTC)

Who we are and what we do:

Hachette Children's Group of the UK's largest children's publishers, our mission is to make it easy for children and young people everywhere to access books and see themselves reflected. We aim to maximise our readers' life chances by inspiring a lifelong love of reading, publishing books for every stage of their journey to adulthood from Enid Blyton to Alice Oseman's Heartstopper.

Hachette Children's Group is a division of Hachette, one of the largest publishing groups in the UK, with 12 publishing divisions and over 60 imprints. Everyone here is proud to be in the business of opening doors and minds.

What you'll be doing:

This role will primarily be focused on taking care of a number of top level authors/illustrators/brands for the fiction team including steering on strategy (supported by the Publisher), handling day-to-day author/agent care and delivering books on time and on budget. 

You will be an enthusiastic champion of your books from acquisition through to publication and beyond – collaborating closely with our design and commercial teams.

There will be opportunities for commissioning brilliant projects for our list, which spans ages five to young adult, including both illustrated and non-illustrated fiction. You will have strong relationships within the industry and a track record of proactively seeking out and shaping new projects, both via literary agents and more widely.

There may be some management support for more junior members of the team, the scope of which will be dependent on the successful applicant's level of existing experience. 

Who we are looking for:

We are seeking a talented, highly motivated individual with significant experience of working within children’s publishing. We value imagination, ambition and collaboration, and are looking for somebody who can demonstrate exceptional editorial service to authors, author-illustrators and their agents. You will need to be an energetic self-starter, confident in leading meetings and handling tricky conversations. 

Applicants should have excellent editorial skills and a keen understanding of the children’s fiction market. Proven success in acquiring and publishing children’s and young adult fiction is required. You might be an experienced Commissioning Editor or Senior Commissioning Editor ready to step up, or an existing Editorial Director looking for a new challenge. 

Knowledge of Biblio would be a bonus.  

What we offer:

Our staff are our greatest asset, and our benefits reflect this:

  • 28 annual leave days per year, increases to 29 days after 2 years' service and goes up to 30 days after 5 years' (+ bank holidays)
  • Private medical insurance
  • Generous pension schemes
  • Rent deposit loans
  • 2 community days per year
  • Summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months)
  • Retail discounts through Hachette rewards
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Wide-ranging training library
  • Development programmes (including mentoring)
  • Up to 70% off book purchases
  • A charity bookshelf
  • 12 Staff-led employee networks that are voluntary, including Gender Balance, Thrive, Pride, All Together, Wellbeing and religious networks
  • Season ticket loans
  • And much more!

The role will be based at our London office, Carmelite House, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Our commitment:

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

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Editorial Director (12 month FTC)

Hachette Children’s Group, London
Contract, Full-time
Administration, Publishing, Communications, Editorial
Salary description: 
£42,000+, dependent on experience and location (+bonus +benefits)

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You will need to be an energetic self-starter, confident in leading meetings and handling tricky conversations.