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Publishing Director

What you’ll be doing

To build lists that are quality, reactive, relevant, exciting and market led. To do this in line with strategy and targets set out by the Publisher and Senior Management Team.

To contribute to and help drive though the strategic development of the children’s colour nonfiction lists, as set by Publisher. To deliver commercial and creative success, growth, profitability and brand recognition across UK and International markets. Ensuring momentum and pace throughout acquisitions process.

Bringing new authors/illustrators/properties to the list, with major sales potential for all markets (mass, quality commercial and high end) across both home and international channels and encouraging team members to do the same, whilst always maintaining a clear focus on divisional strategy.

To work closely with their editorial colleagues to deliver on strategies set out for commercial growth, motivating and inspiring the editorial team to deliver sustained success.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Delivering revenue and profit growth
  • Jointly overseeing the quality and delivery of the publishing programme
  • Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with authors, agents and third-party partners
  • Management and overseeing of relevant editorial team
  • Managing cross-functional relationships with marketing, publicity, sales, design and production effectively and in line with deadlines.
  • Leading on partnerships and any relevant custom publishing

Who we are looking for

A highly experienced publishing force with a proven track record of commissioning a wide range of nonfiction titles and building commercial market led lists. Must be a fast paced, reactive self-starter with a passion for innovation and a nose for trend driven opportunities.

This unique job requires someone who is hungry for a challenge, thrives on change, is agile, is highly creative, connected, and collaborative, as well as being a key and effective team player and a brilliant mentor.

Handling IP is a pivotal component to the role, from coming up with original ideas to approaching exciting talent and bringing projects to life. 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.

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

HCG is one of the largest children’s publishers in the UK, with an excellent track record in creating bestselling and award-winning books for children of all ages. HCG is home to an incredible range of bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators, from Leigh Bardugo, Alexandra Bracken and Alice Oseman, to Cressida Cowell, Onjali Q. Raùf, and Matthew Syed.

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

Hachette UK, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Publishing Director
Salary description: 
£55,000 (+bonus + benefits)

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A highly experienced publishing force with a proven track record of commissioning a wide range of nonfiction titles and building commercial market led lists.