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Senior Editor 

Division: Farshore                          

Location: London                                                         

Reports to: Editorial Director

Introduction to the role

Farshore is looking for an experienced senior editor to join its market leading children’s licensed publishing division. Our list boasts the biggest brands in the world such as Minecraft, Mr Men Little Miss, Winnie-the-Pooh and Thomas & Friends. The senior editor will have a particular focus on gaming and play a critical role in assisting the Publisher and Global Acquisitions Director with new gaming acquisitions. They will have a passion for this area and be able to bring knowledge, authority and creative excellence to the role.

Key tasks and accountabilities

  • Strategic position in the team, working closely with the Publisher and Global Acquisitions Director to find new properties and develop compelling creative pitches.
  • Creative lead for gaming editorial with an integral role in programme planning, researching and creating new titles, including presenting at key stakeholder meetings as required and developing in-depth knowledge about the brands under their remit.
  • Direct line manager for one editor, but also as a senior member of the editorial team, a key role in developing business knowledge and editorial skills across the team.
  • Oversee a range of titles from inception through to print, ensuring high editorial standards.
  • Commission original content and manage freelancers where appropriate, negotiating with external parties to get the best deals on content creation.
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with the IP holders, representing Farshore with professionalism, understanding and creative excellence.
  • Deliver projects on time and on budget, in collaboration with design and production, for children of different ages.
  • Copy edit/proofread titles for other team members as required as part of our wider approvals process and engage constructively with feedback from the team.
  • Create and update market leading metadata and AIS to enable your titles to successfully reach
    our consumers.
  • Ensure all the relevant HC systems and processes are used and understood to meet the wider business goals.

Your first six months

  • We hope you can bring gaming enthusiasm and knowledge to the team and hit the ground running to develop a commercial range of titles, navigating the HC systems/processes, whilst successfully managing your line report and sharing responsibilities with the Farshore licensing team. 

Experience required

  • Demonstrable editorial experience in a similar role, preferably a managerial one
  • Strong understanding of the gaming market
  • Experience and/or understanding of licensing
  • Knowledge and experience working on titles for children

Skills required

  • Strong editorial skills
  • Strong time management and troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Effective stakeholder relationship/approvals management
  • Active interest in licensing and industry-related trends
  • Commercial awareness and understanding
  • Adaptability to new systems

The Farshore Division Values

Colourful – We believe in the power of reading – the ability to make the fantastical real, and the real, really fascinating. With creative flair, we bring together the hottest authors and biggest brands to create a never-ending catalogue of incredible characters and exciting stories – to inspire young minds and spark a lifelong love of reading.

Open – We are dedicated to publishing books which celebrate the diverse lives found in classrooms and communities across the UK. We engage directly with our consumers to discover their wants and needs, and invite opinion – so that we can support parents, carers, educators and gift-givers in choosing the right books for children.

Dynamic – We pride ourselves in leading the way forward in children’s publishing. Drawing on long held knowledge and expertise, we operate with passion and optimism. We are energetic. We never stand still. We are committed to spotting the latest trends and embracing innovation, in order to grow reading and secure the future of our industry.

Empowering – We understand how reading can have a positive impact on every area of a child’s life – improving wellbeing, building communities and enriching lives far beyond the pages of our books. We work hard to break down the barriers to reading and make resources available for free for families, teachers and anyone

The Company

Our mission at HarperCollins is to harness the power of great publishing and to amplify it through world class marketing, global strength, and relentless innovation. We are all working towards the same goal, and we do it guided by what matters most to us. The culture at HarperCollins is defined by our values, which inform our everyday actions and the way we behave. From Finance to Editorial, our values shape the way we work.

Our values tell a STORY…

Stories - We believe in the power of great publishing. From fiction, children’s and non-fiction to education and reference, our authors and content are at the heart of everything we do

Team - We help each other, work collaboratively, behave with integrity and always strive to communicate in a timely, open, honest and fair manner.

Out as well as in - We aim to lead the industry by looking out as well as in. Through observation of the marketplace, the consumer and the competitive environment we gain a better understanding of our business.

Resourcefulness - We support smart risk-takers and innovators, learning from experience without blame and being both curious and willing to change

You - We embrace difference, champion diversity of thought and being. We treat each other with respect and enjoy what we do.

Senior Editor 

Harper Collins, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Licensing, Management, Communications, Business Development, Project Management, Editorial
Senior Editor 

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