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What you’ll be doing

The Publisher will work closely with their editorial colleagues to conceive and deliver strategies for commercial growth, motivating and inspiring the editorial team to deliver sustained success.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Defining and embedding a clear publishing strategy
  • Delivering revenue and profit growth
  • Overseeing the quality and delivery of the publishing programme
  • Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with authors, agents and third-party partners
  • Overall management of the imprint’s editorial team
  • Managing cross-functional relationships with marketing, publicity, design and production

Who we are looking for

This unique job requires someone who is hungry for a challenge, thrives on change, is agile and open to a start-up environment, is highly creative, connected, and collaborative, as well as being a key and effective team player and a brilliant manager.

We are a new division with an activist culture, and we are fully flexible in building this role around the right person with a clear vision for success. You will be responsible for the overall strategy of the list and a key acquirer for it. Handling IP is a pivotal component to the role, from coming up with original ideas to approaching exciting talent and bringing projects to life. You’ll be managing a team of editors that will be built over the coming year, and will work closely with members of dedicated marketing, publicity and sales departments. This role requires someone who is energised by bringing out the best in the people around them and is bold, ambitious and visionary in approach. Digital and audio are key areas of development in this role, and experience of digital routes-to-market is essential.

We are open to candidates from non-editorial backgrounds, and to candidates from any storytelling industry who are obsessed with reaching wide-ranging audiences.  We can’t wait to hear how you’ll build an award-winning and commercially successful imprint.

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, Private Medical Insurance, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 community days per year, many employee networks to join, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes 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.

Who we are and what we do

Dialogue is a new, start-up division of Hachette UK with a focus on innovation, inclusion and inspiration. We are building upon the imprint that was established at Little, Brown in 2017, expanding to become a ground-breaking division with multiple imprints with the aim of reaching the widest possible range of consumers.

We’re looking for an exceptional, passionate, confident, experienced Publisher to lead a brand new, as-yet-unnamed commercial fiction and non-fiction imprint at the new Dialogue division of Hachette UK. The new imprint will sit alongside the Dialogue division’s existing literary imprint, Dialogue Books.

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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Hachette UK


Dialogue Books, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Management, Marketing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Salary description: 
Competitive Salary

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Digital and audio are key areas of development in this role, and experience of digital routes-to-market is essential.