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Senior Commissioning Editor, Picture Books & Preschool

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

An exciting opportunity has for a Senior Commissioning Editor to join the Hachette Children’s Picture Book & Preschool team in a full-time position.

Reporting to the Editorial Director, you’ll be responsible for commissioning a range of new titles for our market-leading picture book and preschool list. You will also work with existing authors and illustrators on the HCG picture book list, ensuring that all projects are delivered on schedule and budget.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a dynamic, self-starting editor who’s brimming with ideas. You should have extensive experience of working independently to progress acquisitions and projects. You should have strong agent relationships, and an understanding of the importance of author and illustrator care. You must be confident managing multiple tasks and tight deadlines. Experience of working with picture book brands would be an advantage.

This is a broad and varied role, and we are looking for somebody who will embrace working collaboratively with teams across the organisation. We need you to bring a positive, can-do approach and build strong relationships with your immediate team, other departments, as well as authors, illustrators and agents.

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, Sheffield or Newcastle office, 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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Senior Commissioning Editor, Picture Books & Preschool

Hachette Childrens, London | Newcastle upon Tyne | Sheffield
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Commissioning Editor, Publishing, Communications, Project Management, Editorial, Acquisitions
Senior Commissioning Editor, Picture Books & Preschool
Salary description: 
£41,000–£43,000, dependent on experience and location (+bonus +benefits)

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You should have extensive experience of working independently to progress acquisitions and projects.