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Assistant Commissioning Editor - Rising Stars, Hodder Education

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Who we are and what we do

Rising Stars, part of the Hodder Education Group, is a successful primary education publisher. Since our first titles were published in 2002, Rising Stars has created an award-winning range of books, teaching resources and software that support primary teachers and learners in the UK and across the world. We work with expert authors and advisors to produce resources that support all areas of the primary curriculum and have recently published a new reading scheme, Reading Planet, and have ambitious plans for the future.

The Hodder Education Group is a vibrant and growing business within Hachette UK.  Over the past few years it has succeeded in winning market share in the UK and has significantly grown its international business in a wide range of markets. The company is the two-time winner of the British Book Industry Awards sponsored by the Bookseller (2015 and 2016).

What you’ll be doing

We are looking for an Assistant Commissioning Editor to develop a range of new print and digital products for primary schools. Working closely with the Senior Publishers as part of a small and vibrant team, the Assistant Commissioning Editor will be allocated a range of titles to commission and develop from the publishing plan, with a particular focus on Reading and English.

Who we’re looking for

The ideal candidate will be a commercially-minded, market-focused, creative individual who has experience in working in educational or children’s publishing in an editorial capacity. They will have the imagination and desire to understand and respond to the needs of primary teachers and learners through the resources and services that are developed.

The role holder will have the skills and know-how to take on complex print and digital projects with multiple author teams and to commission, brief and work closely with authors, series editors and consultants to ensure manuscripts are delivered and developed to time, quality and budget. They will work closely with the publishing, marketing, sales, digital and editorial teams, and have excellent team-working skills as well as the ability to work independently. Excellent author care, editorial and organisational skills, and an awareness of how the products are used in the primary classroom are essential. Knowledge of the UK education market, government policy and trends in primary school education are highly desirable.

What we offer

You will be joining a friendly, committed team of skilled publishing and editorial colleagues, working together to produce books and resources we can all be proud of. As part of Hachette UK, you will also have the opportunity to benefit from several company-wide schemes.

Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

NB: We are using a blind recruitment process for this role.  This means that managers will only see your skills and experience, educational history and answers to your application questions at the shortlist stage, with your personal information removed.  This is intended to ensure a fair and consistent review of all applications based on your skills and experience relevant to this role.

Hachette UK

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