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Managing Editor

Vendome Press – a leading publisher of illustrated books on lifestyle, interiors, photography, architecture, travel, and more – is seeking a managing editor to provide the bedrock of this international team, managing workflows, editorial budgets and forecasts, and overseeing all areas of editorial management. The role demands exceptional communication and organisational skills, an ability to build relationships and manage internationally, and the foresight to anticipate and provide solutions for potential problems before they arise.

The successful candidate will: 

  • Support the Managing Director, Publisher and editorial team across all areas.
  • Manage the workflow including editorial, design, and other editorial output, ensuring production is met in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Maintain financial control of all editorial and content costs.
  • Recruit and line-manage the editorial team.
  • Set up and maintain a talent list of freelance editors and staff to meet the ad hoc needs of the team and any special projects that may be undertaken.

The ideal candidate has creative flair, a good knowledge of the interior design world and trends, a cool head, a fair hand and a talent for ensuring that complex projects run smoothly.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Ensuring that the Publishers' and Authors' vision is executed in real terms.
  • Liaising with the commercial team to maximise title performance and promote audience growth.
  • Working closely with designers and photographers on content development.
  • Managing the commissioning process.
  • Handling all editorial paperwork and ensuring contracts and invoices are in good order.
  • Writing copy to a high standard and contributing to content creation.
  • Identifying, booking and managing talent.
  • Briefing editors and contributors.

Essential Skills & Requirements

  • A meticulous eye for detail.
  • Diplomacy and discretion.
  • Exceptional organisational and planning skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Highly numerate; able to create and manage editorial budgets and finance reports.
  • A can-do attitude to meet the shifting needs of a fast-growing publishing company.
  • Significant experience in editorial recruitment, team management and development.
  • Extensive people-management skills, ideally with experience in managing teams and building relationships internationally/remotely.
  • Experience of launching and overseeing new projects.
  • A level head when faced with new challenges.
  • Proficiency in InDesign.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and a working knowledge of copyright law a plus.
  • Trade book experience preferred.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter, with details of current salary, to

Managing Editor

Vendome Press, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Training, Management, Communications, Business Development, Project Management, Editorial
Managing Editor

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