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Editorial Director / Publishing Director

At Orion, we believe every story matters. Open, agile, passionate and innovative, our mission is to bring the best publishing to the greatest variety of people. Ambitious to continually raise the bar, we believe good stories can come from anywhere and so encourage and value contributions from everybody here.

Orion 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.

This role sits within Orion Spring in our Commercial Non-Fiction team. Orion Spring is a leading publisher of health, personal development and life optimisation books that leave readers feeling empowered, informed and inspired. We work with experts, trend-setters and storytellers who share our mission of helping people improve their daily habits, enrich their relationships, deepen their knowledge of their own health, and find meaning in this increasingly unpredictable world.

Orion Spring books cover a wide variety of interest areas: personal development, relationships, diet, fitness, popular psychology, popular science, parenting, careers, spirituality, esoterica and gift. We are currently expanding our list to deliver growth in the areas of smart thinking, soft business and life optimisation.

We are committed to bringing a diverse range of voices to our list and through all our publishing we aim to serve the widest possible audience, delivering books that are accessible, non-judgemental and uplifting.

What you'll be doing

This is a period of rapid growth for Orion Spring. After delivering multiple top ten bestsellers, substantial international growth, and our best ever financial results, we are looking to bring in the very best editorial talent to help shape the future of the list and supercharge our growth.

Reporting directly to the Executive Publisher for Commercial Non-Fiction, the successful candidate will be responsible for commissioning, developing and publishing an innovative, agenda-setting and commercially focused list of non-fiction authors. You will help us discover new voices, identify market trends and develop strategies for growth, with a focus on building our market share in this area.

The exact role and responsibilities will be determined by the level and experience of the candidate.

Who we are looking for

If you’re passionate about personal development; if you love discovering new trends and new voices; if you’re fired up by pursuing emerging talent and expertise, then we want to hear from you.

If you are an ambitious, creative and entrepreneurial thinker; if you have a proven track record of commercial success and are eager to play a more strategic role in the business, then get in touch.

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!

This role can be based at our London office, or at any of our new regional offices in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester or Bristol, 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 / Publishing Director

Orion, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing, Management, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Salary description: 
£43,000+ dependent on experience and location (+bonus +benefits)

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