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Senior Commissioning Editor

Are you a creative and highly experienced picture books commissioning editor? A leading children’s publisher based in London is looking for a Senior Commissioning Editor to join their team for a 12-month maternity cover to help shape and grow their picture book list. This is a fantastic fixed term, full-time opportunity that is paying a competitive salary.

Senior Commissioning Editor Key duties:

  • Assist the picture book publisher with managing the picture book list and promote it through social media
  • Commission, create and edit frontlist titles
  • Work closely with the Assistant Editor, supervise the Senior Editor and train junior editorial staff
  • Coordinate editorial procedures and help maintain editorial standards
  • Discover new writing and illustration talent and create offers for new titles and proceed contractual negotiations
  • Present to library buyers, foreign publishers and booksellers as well as at sales conferences and launch meetings
  • Liaise with production, foreign rights and special sales

Senior Commissioning Editor Experience / skills required:

  • A background in commissioning picture book texts and projects with experience managing books through the editorial/production process
  • Knowledge of the children’s book market in the UK and internationally
  • Effective communication skills with experience negotiating contracts
  • Ability to build relationships with agents and communicate with authors and illustrators


For further information, please apply online or email a CV and salary expectations to

Contact:             Parissa Bagheri

Tel:                    0203 574 4431

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Senior Commissioning Editor

Atwood Tate, London
Contract, Full-time
Editor, Editorial, Acquisitions, Publishing
Salary description: 
Available upon request
Experience commissioning picture books, Knowledge of children's market