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Editor (FTC Maternity Cover)

London, GB, Wc1X 8Hb



Fixed term contract

Simon & Schuster UK is one of the leading general book publishing companies in the UK and is named Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards 2023. The group is based in London with sister companies in the United States, Canada, Australia and India. Within the UK division, there are four imprints: Gallery, Scribner, Simon & Schuster; and Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, which publish a wide and eclectic mix of authors ranging across commercial fiction, literary fiction, general non-fiction and children’s publications. Home to bestselling authors and award winners, Simon & Schuster UK is a publishing house of quality writing and a proud home to its authors and their exceptional work. It also runs a sales and distribution service for a number of independent and international publishers including Andrews McMeel, Black Library, Boom! Studios, Elliott & Thompson, Gallup Press, Inner Traditions, Rebellion and VIZ Media.
Simon & Schuster International is dedicated to publishing a broad and diverse range of books for everyone, representative of the world around us. They are committed to working with and supporting writers, illustrators, and other creative partners from all walks of life, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, nationality, religion or belief, age, social or economic circumstance.

About the Adults Division 
Simon & Schuster is one of the most successful global publishers in the world. Our Adult fiction list in the UK includes bestselling authors such as Philippa Gregory, Santa Montefiore, Kathy Reichs, Colleen Hoover, Graham Swift and John Irving.  Our Adult non-fiction list ranges from Number One bestsellers Bob Mortimer, Dave Grohl and Rupi Kaur to John Nichol, Laura Bates, Alice Roberts and Walter Isaacson. In 2023 Simon & Schuster was named Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards for the second year in a row. 

About the role
We are currently looking for a talented and precise Editor to work on the award-winning non-fiction list at Simon & Schuster on a Fixed-Term, 12 months contract for a maternity cover. 

They will help us to publish the most exciting and distinctive talent in non-fiction and champion our books and authors with clear vision and creativity, ensuring they are a success critically and commercially.  

•    Taking a book from structural edit to finished product, on time and to budget.
•    Some line or structural editing.
•    Checking copyedits and liaising with author to resolve queries, collating proofs, checking proof corrections.
•    Proofreading jackets and text to ensure complete accuracy.
•    Booking and managing freelancers and budgets. 
•    Compiling plate sections, including picture research, clearing permissions, copyediting captions, drafting layouts, proofreading and liaising with designers and authors. 
•    Liaising with all internal departments, but particularly editorial, production, design.
•    Liaising with author and agent on all elements of the text and cover, ensuring prompt communication and swift replies to queries.
•    Briefing covers and writing cover copy.
•    Working on metadata and making sure internal systems are kept up to date and are accurate.
•    Reading submissions and giving feedback to the acquiring editors.
•    Providing authors and agents with the highest standard of care.

Experience (essential)
•    Experience of working in a busy editorial team. 
•    Experience of being responsible for signing books off to press.
•    An awareness of publishing systems and timelines. 
•    Demonstrable experience of copyediting or line editing and proofreading. 
•    Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
•    Experience of working closely with authors, agents and internal stakeholders.
•    A meticulous eye for detail.

Experience (nice to have)
•    A passion for non-fiction publishing and knowledge of the market. 

Working at S&S 
Some of our benefits include:
●    25 days holiday + bank holidays
●    Office closure between Christmas and New Year
●    8% Employer pension contribution
●    Life Assurance
●    1 charity volunteer day for causes that you are passionate about
●    If eligible, work from home Stipend 
●    Group Income Protection (Risk Benefit)
●    Health Cash Plan
●    Eyecare vouchers
●    Employee Assistance Programme
●    Free Pilates and Yoga sessions 
●    Fresh fruit delivered to the office every Wednesday
●    Free Massage session each month
●    Discounts and rewards with participating retailers via The Benefit Store 
●    Free eBooks and audiobooks

Starting salary from £30,000 per annum

Closing date: 12 June 2023

Apply with your CV and cover letter. Successful applicants will be shortlisted for an initial screening. If your application is progressed, you will then be asked to attend formal competency-based interview.
Applications involving flexible working patterns are welcomed. 
If you require any adjustments at interview, such as extra time or breaks etc, please let a member of the recruitment team know once they’ve been in touch.

Simon & Schuster UK is an equal opportunities employer committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse workforce. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Editor (FTC Maternity Cover)

Contract, Full-time, Maternity Cover
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Editor (FTC Maternity Cover)
Salary description: 
Starting salary from £30,000 per annum

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Experience of working in a busy editorial team.  Experience of being responsible for signing books off to press. An awareness of publishing systems and timelines.