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Rights Manager, Maternity Cover

Rights Manager - 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Your department:
Macmillan Children’s Books (MCB) is one of the UK’s leading children’s publishers, creating and publishing bestselling brands, children’s books and poetry for all ages for over 150 years. The original publisher of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the MCB list today features many international bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators, including Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Emily Gravett, Andy Griffiths, Rod Campbell, John Patrick Green, Frances Hardinge, Dara McAnulty, David Olusoga, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Lenny Henry, Chris Riddell, Liz Pichon, Camilla Reid, Tomi Adeyemi and Marcus Rashford. A few of MCB’s most notable brands include The Gruffalo, Dear Zoo, Tales from Acorn Wood, The Moomins, Milly-Molly-Mandy and Sylvanian Families.

MCB is split into two divisions: a Pre-school, Brands and Classics division where pre-school specialist Campbell Books and non-fiction-led Kingfisher imprints sit; then a Fiction, Non-Fiction and Picture Books division, home to the newly launched YA list, First Ink. Alongside these sits the award-winning illustrated Two Hoots imprint.

Your team:
The Children’s Rights department handles subsidiary rights across all of the Macmillan Children's Books publishing, which includes imprints Campbell, Two Hoots, Kingfisher and First Ink, and also for Priddy Books and Neon Squid.

Your role:
We are looking to appoint a talented, tenacious and creative individual with a keen commercial and international eye, who is ready to take the next step in their career by joining a leading rights team and developing their skills as a Rights Manager. We are looking for someone who will thrive in a busy rights department and be able to work effectively, both independently and within the team.

Your key responsibilities:

  • Work to grow co-edition and subsidiary rights sales across Macmillan’s children’s lists

  • Take an active role in identifying suitable new titles for world rights acquisitions

  • Act as a key point of contact within the Rights team internally and externally

  • Act as a champion for your designated imprint/ list and support the work of the department

Essential experience, abilities and knowledge you’ll need to succeed:
You will be passionate about children’s books and the international publishing industry, keen to explore a new challenge, and excited by the opportunity to work across the range of lists at Macmillan, working dynamically on both frontlist and backlist titles.

  • Experience selling co-editions and rights

  • A proven track record in co-editions and rights sales within children’s publishing

  • Outstanding communication, sales, pitching and negotiating skills

  • Exceptional organisational and time management skills

  • Commercial awareness

  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly

  • Ambitious, positive and a team player.

Desirable skills we’d love you to have:

  • Knowledge of Biblio

  • Fluency in a second language.

What you’ll get in return:
In return we can offer you a range of great projects, a supportive and collaborative working environment as well as a competitive salary and benefits package.

Salary starting from: £40,000

Closing date: 30 May 2024

Some of the benefits we offer:

  • 25 days annual leave increasing with years of service + bank holidays

  • Generous pension scheme

  • Discounted private medical insurance

  • Group income protection scheme

  • Enhanced family pay and leave

  • Flexible working hours and summer hours (early finish on a Friday during summer months)

  • 2 Volunteer Days per year

  • 75% off all Pan Macmillan books and regular staff book sales (highly reduced rates)

  • Season ticket loan/advance

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Discounts on shopping, Tastecard+ and gym memberships; Christmas club savings

  • Daily free breakfast and monthly company lunch

This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term role, and will be based in our offices in Farringdon, London, with some flexibility to work from home each week.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in the UK in order to be considered for this role.

At Pan Macmillan, we are highly committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at every level of our organisation. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. Our efforts to promote DEI are ongoing, and we continually strive to learn and improve our policies and practices. You can read our full Diversity & Inclusion Pledge is available here:

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Rights Manager, Maternity Cover

Pan Macmillan, London
Maternity Contract, Maternity Cover
Administration, Publishing, Rights, Management, Communications
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Experience selling co-editions and rights A proven track record in co-editions and rights sales within children’s publishing Outstanding communication, sales, pitching and negotiating skills