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Commissioning Editor/Publisher, Non-fiction, Michael Joseph (12-month FTC)

We are looking for a driven and passionate individual to take on a Non-fiction Publisher or Commissioning Editor upwards role to cover a period of parental leave. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone with proven commissioning experience to join a thriving and collaborative team. We are open to consider a range of experience levels and will define the role accordingly. 

Although we are open to a range of experiences and are looking for a broad and general commercial mindset, we would particularly welcome candidates with experience in cookery and lifestyle commissioning and publishing, armed with an awareness of the various challenges around complex illustrated titles.

About Michael Joseph

Michael Joseph specialises in commercial fiction and non-fiction, publishing best-selling titles in the genres of women’s fiction, crime, thriller, cookery, memoir, and lifestyle. We are home to an exciting array of authors including Marian Keyes, JoJo Moyes, Stephen Fry, Mrs Hinch, Nadiya Hussain, Eckhart Tolle and C.J Tudor to name but a few. 

Candidate Profile

  • Proven editorial experience including working with complex illustrated titles.
  • Confident negotiator with high emotional intelligence, and a great listener.
  • Great creative instincts combined with strong commercial judgement.
  • Collaborative mindset, but comfortable taking decisions autonomously where needed. 
  • Excellent communicator, with the ability to build strong relationships internally and externally
  • Proven record of commissioning and publishing commercially successful titles
  • Experience of working to budgets and handling financial information / data

Please apply with your CV and cover letter (addressed to Dan) by midnight on Friday 3rd December. 

What you can expect from us:

Salary: Up to £55,000 dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus benefits. Please note that given the range of levels/titles we are considering for this opportunity, we will determine salary according to the role and experience level in question. 

Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:

 •    25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one (plus bank holidays), increasing a day each year up to 30 days
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended gender neutral parental leave
•    60% Discount on Company books
•    Each site has trained mental health first aiders 
•    We plant a tree for every new employee to our business 

Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.

As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we’re part of the offer an interview scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can’t take all eligible candidates to interview.

We want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch with us at

Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your adjustment request. Find out more about our approach here:

We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here:

Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.

Commissioning Editor/Publisher, Non-fiction, Michael Joseph (12-month FTC)

Penguin Random House, London
Contract, Full-time
Administration, Commissioning Editor, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Data, Business Development, Editorial
Commissioning Editor/Publisher, Non-fiction, Michael Joseph (12-month FTC)
Salary description: 
Up to £55,000 dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus benefits

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Proven editorial experience including working with complex illustrated titles