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Assistant Editor/ Editor (Sphere) - Little, Brown Book Group

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

What you’ll be doing

In this exciting and varied role, you’ll be: managing the day-to-day publishing of the Asterix brand; editing some of the Publishing Director’s books to an excellent standard (the books could be on any topic that falls under commercial non-fiction, from lifestyle, entertainment, politics, health, sport etc. Knowledge of these subjects at the outset isn’t expected, but willingness and excitement to work on all of them is); assisting on some of the Publishing Director’s campaigns; generating and/or developing three book ideas each year, within the criteria outlined by the Publishing Director; creating effective acquisition memos, cover briefs, marketing and cover copy that skilfully targets the relevant readership; assisting with refreshing backlist books for the imprint’s benefit; and generally assisting the Publishing Director as required.

Who we are looking for

A proactive, enthusiastic, highly organised, creative, collegiate and efficient individual who must have some editing experience, impeccable spelling and grammar, brilliant communication skills, the ability to prioritise, an expanding knowledge of the commercial non-fiction market, a hunger to learn and listen to feedback, and works well under pressure. Commercial non-fiction is exciting because it is so broad and Sphere is an imprint committed to every type of readership, so willingness and an appetite to work on any topic is a must. A passion for staying on top of different pop culture trends will be key, and an eagerness to consume different types of media outside of personal preference is encouraged. You might be a proactive editorial assistant looking for more editing opportunities and the chance to work and learn on the biggest publishing campaigns, or an assistant editor who has demonstrable experience editing books, but would like to begin originating book ideas and publishing them under guidance.

What we offer

This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant commercial non-fiction team, which will report into and directly support the Publishing Director. The Publishing Director will provide guidance to the successful candidate on any tasks undertaken and offer opportunities to work on some of the biggest books published by Little, Brown each year.

Sphere is a friendly and supportive team who can promise an extremely entertaining Christmas lunch and various socialising events throughout the year, on top of general assistance and advice as needed on the job.

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, Private Medical Insurance, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 volunteer days per year to use at your charity of choice, many employee networks to join, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!


The role will be based at our London office, Carmelite House, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

Sphere is the commercial hub of Little, Brown (the largest company within Hachette and four-time winner of the trade’s Publisher of the Year Award). Sphere non-fiction publishes important memoir, nature, true crime, humour, cookery, sport, popular culture and all manner of celebrity books. We are home to big bestsellers and award-winning titles, including Ant and Dec’s Once Upon A Tyne, The Great British Bake Off, BB Easton’s SEX/LIFE (the tie-in to the Netflix show), David Wilson’s My Life with Murderers, Seth Rogen’s Yearbook and the 2020 Costa biography award-winner, The Louder I Will Sing, by Lee Lawrence. Our list aims to reach mass audiences who might be traditional book-buyers, but who might instead be entertainment consumers first and foremost

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.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking junior roles. For more information visit www.booktradeentrysupport.org

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