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Senior Editor, Children's

Simon & Schuster UK is one of the leading general book publishing companies in the UK and was named Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2022 and 2023. They also won Children’s Publisher of the Year in 2023. Based in London with sister companies in the United States, Canada, Australia and India, the UK division has 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, 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 Children’s Division

Simon & Schuster Children’s Books is a high performing, dynamic division of a fast-growing and ambitious publisher, and the British Book Awards Children’s Publisher of the Year 2023. As we seek further sustainable and profitable growth, and build on our culture of excitement and ambition, we are growing our team across several departments. 

The Job Profile

Reporting to the Publishing Strategy Director, this is a newly created role offering a fantastic opportunity for a talented editor to develop their editorial and publishing skills working with some of the biggest names in children’s and YA as part of a dynamic and growing team. 

The Job Role

This role comprises two key aspects: The first is to support the Managing Director’s bestselling author list with editing and with project management, and, in time, to take on additional titles independently. The second aspect of the role is editorial management of assigned backlist and brand projects. The Senior Editor will bring best-in-class publishing to market on time and to budget, with core duties to include proactive project management from manuscript to finished copy, creative development and editing (including structural and line-editing), evaluating submissions, preparing acquisition P&Ls, copywriting and metadata management as well as liaising with authors, agents and freelancers. Outside your project editor tasks, you will read and report on submissions and contribute the discussion of new acquisitions. There is some potential to commission in time, although it is not a core part of the role.

The Candidate Profile

You will have a proven passion for children’s books and ideally have experience working in an editorial role, in children’s fiction, although we are open to candidates with other book editorial experience. You will be a motivated, committed, creative, flexible individual with excellent editorial skills, a forensic eye for detail, and demonstrable experience of taking multiple titles through the full editorial process.

We are a small team, so you will be happy to pitch in and you will have strong communication, project management, organisational and time management skills. You will thrive in a fast-paced environment and be able to adapt to the demands of managing multiple schedules. Knowledge of the children’s fiction market would be beneficial.

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a successful and growing publishing house with an impressive list of authors and illustrators across its Adult and Children’s imprints, in a key role within the publishing process.


Please apply by Tuesday 4th June 2024 attaching your CV and cover letter.

Simon & Schuster UK is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity and gender expression. At Simon & Schuster UK, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all.

Candidates hired for this or any other posted Simon & Schuster UK role will be employees of Simon & Schuster UK Ltd subject to all policies, including the Workplace Privacy Notice, and eligible solely for the benefits plans thereof.

Senior Editor, Children's

Children's Publishing, Publisher
Administration, Publishing, Communications, Editorial

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You will have a proven passion for children’s books and ideally have experience working in an editorial role, in children’s fiction, although we are open to candidates with other book editorial experience.