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Editor, Ebury Smart Non-Fiction Hub

Are you passionate about the art of making books that captivate readers, inspire new thinking and become part of the conversation? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

We are recruiting an Editor to join a dynamic, high performing team at an exciting moment of growth and momentum for the UK’s largest dedicated non-fiction publisher.

Ebury is the home of non-fiction at Penguin Random House. Our WH Allen, Witness Books and Ebury Press imprints within our Smart non-fiction Hub publish prizewinning bestsellers by some of our leading writers and thinkers, from Maria Ressa and Michael Rosen to Sheryl Sandberg, Caitlin Moran, Janina Ramirez, Dara McAnulty, Adam Grant and James O’Brien.  

In this role you will be responsible for editing and project managing books for the Smart Hub.

The Role

  • Oversee books through the whole publishing process
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders, including authors, agents, copyeditors, proofreaders, designers and media partners
  • Retain the best authors by ensuring an exceptional experience
  • Cultivate and support a strong team with great relationships across internal departments and external networks
  • Scope to commission and begin to contribute your own acquisitions

Candidate Profile

  • Proven experience of turning manuscripts into books, including structural and line-editing experience
  • Proofreading and copy-writing skills, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Project management skills; able to keep on top of multiple priorities and work collaboratively across teams to ensure milestones are met
  • Understands audience needs and can identify the distinctive voices and aesthetics that speak to them
  • Demonstrable interest in books that resonate with the smart non-fiction hub’s mission: to create prizewinning bestsellers that speak to the moment and stand the test of time
  • Entrepreneurial, curious, and creative; able to transform ideas into stand out books
  • An effective and thoughtful communicator, able to capture attention and build rapport, trust and buy-in

If this sounds like your next role, please apply with your CV and cover letter by the end of the day on Sunday 14 August. In your cover letter, let us know (in no more than 200 words) about what recent non-fiction books you wished you’d worked on and why. 

We’re currently experimenting with hybrid working and involving colleagues across the business to shape our future ways of working. The needs of our teams and individuals are different, so we’re not taking a one-size-fits-all approach. While our offices are places to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues, we recognise that flexibility about where you work is just as important for doing your best work and for your wellbeing.

For this role, there are meetings and activities that you will need to attend in person (mainly at our offices in Pimlico). The exact balance of office to remote working will depend on the nature of your role and team needs, and we are open to discussing this through the recruitment process.

What you can expect from us:

Salary: £27,000 - £31,698 depending on how your skills and experience align with the role, plus bonus and benefits. 

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:

•    27 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
•    Access to books and eBooks across Penguin Random House UK
•    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.

Editor, Ebury Smart Non-Fiction Hub

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Project Management, Editorial
Editor, Ebury Smart Non-Fiction Hub
Salary description: 
£27,000 - £31,698 depending on how your skills and experience align with the role, plus bonus and benefits.

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Proven experience of turning manuscripts into books, including structural and line-editing experience