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Publishing Director (12 month FTC)

Who we are and what we do

Hachette Children's Group is one 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 be primarily responsible for leading the Wren & Rook non-fiction list, delivering strategies for commercial growth, overseeing the Wren & Rook editorial team and commissioning lead titles for the list.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking a talented, highly motivated individual with significant experience of working in trade non-fiction 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 projects and meetings, and solutions-driven when handling challenging conversations. 

You will be an experienced non-fiction publishing professional who is an enthusiastic champion of your books – from acquisition through to publication and beyond – who is a great communicator, often collaborating closely with internal teams and external stakeholders.

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. You will be responsible for commissioning a selection of our lead titles and leading on our biggest pitches.

There will be some management support of junior team members and you will be expected to be a visible leader, communicating and embedding the imprint’s strategy, while identifying opportunities for the editorial team to pursue.

Applicants should have excellent editorial skills and a keen understanding of the children’s and non-fiction market. Proven success in acquiring and publishing commercial non-fiction is essential. You might be an experienced Editorial Director ready to step up, or an existing Publishing 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)
  • 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 regional offices in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Newcastle, 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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Publishing Director (12 month FTC)

Hachette, London
Administration, Publishing, Communications
Salary description: 
£54,000+ dependent on experience and location (+bonus +benefits)

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Applicants should have excellent editorial skills and a keen understanding of the children’s and non-fiction market. Proven success in acquiring and publishing commercial non-fiction is essential.