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Editorial Director, Entertainment

£40,000 per annum, plus dependent on experience

London or regional

Who we are and what we do

Hodder & Stoughton is a major publisher within Hachette UK, one of the UK’s biggest publishing groups. Hodder Non-Fiction publishes global bestsellers, distinctive new voices and iconic brands. Our authors include Michael Caine, Alex Ferguson, James Bowen, Robert Peston, Ranulph Fiennes, Simon Reeve, Emma Gannon, Lucy Worsley, Anne Glenconner, Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. We publish high quality non-fiction in every subject, from history and science to memoir and popular culture. Our books provoke conversations, change minds and shine new light on important issues.

What you’ll be doing

We are looking for an Editorial Director to build on our list of commercial and platform-based publishing. This is a senior role and you’ll be responsible for the overall strategic development of this list, and looking to attract new authors and properties with major sales potential. Depending on experience, you will line manage an Assistant Editor.

Who we are looking for

This is an exciting opportunity for someone whose experience in acquiring and commissioning commercial non fiction has given them a vision for growth, and is ready for a new challenge.

We are looking for an editor with energy, passion and initiative who can create the biggest quality commercial bestsellers in the market with the full support of a dynamic and collegiate team. Reporting to the Publisher, you will be immersed in industry, social media and market trends in order to spot and pre-empt smart publishing opportunities, and an enthusiastic champion of your books from conception through to publication and beyond.

The ideal candidate:

  • Passionate about commercial and platform-based non fiction with a proven track record of successful publishing in this area.
  • Supremely creative, commercially savvy and entrepreneurial.
  • Excellent agent and industry contacts.
  • Strategically focused.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Understanding of the financial drivers of the business.

What we offer

We offer flexible working as part of a friendly and dynamic team on one of the most well-established imprints in the industry.

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year plus 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, two volunteer days per year to use at your charity of choice, many employee networks to join, delicious subsidized canteen food, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

This role can be based at our London office, or at any of our new regional offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Bristol.

The role will begin working from home due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions, but once normality resumes this role will be based at one of our UK offices, with a blend of in-office (three days) and homeworking (two 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.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking junior roles. For more information visit

Closing date: 4 July 2021.

Editorial Director, Entertainment

Hodder & Stoughton Publisher, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing, Management, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Editorial Director, Entertainment
Salary description: 
£40,000 per annum, plus dependent on experience

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