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Assistant Editor (Parental Leave Cover), Headline

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

What you’ll be doing

You will provide editorial support to the Publishing Director, the Senior Commissioning Editor and the wider editorial team.  You will manage publication of projects from receipt of manuscript to finished product, ensuring quality and consistency and that schedules are met. You will assist with the day to day running of the Headline Home list.

  • You will work alongside the Publishing Director and the Senior Commissioning Editor to project manage titles, to be responsible for copy editing, checking permissions, proof reading and arranging indexing to time, cost and quality specifications. This would include:
  1. briefing and managing appropriate freelancers at budgeted cost
  2. placing work appropriately with external suppliers
  • You will be responsible for tracking progress and managing the schedules. This would include:
  1. liaison with relevant internal departments
  2. liaison with authors
  3. progress chasing for page proofs, designs, etc
  4. problem solving to maintain schedule
  • Work with the Publishing Director to monitor spending against budget and guidelines and follow up on any potential overspend
  • Work alongside the Publishing Director and Senior Commissioning Editor to prepare illustration briefs, check artworks and make photo selections, where applicable
  • Work alongside the Publishing Director and Senior Commissioning Editor to provide information to other departments, to communicate updates and progress. This would include:
  1. briefing and liaising with Design and Production
  2. regularly updating the Marketing, Publicity, Rights and Sales teams
  3. updating information on the internal systems, where applicable; ensuring accurate and timely updates and running reports as required
  • You will check proofs and ebook files; liaise with authors during proof stages and collate their corrections; ensure accuracy and quality of all elements
  • You will manage existing backlist authors on the list and deal with any relevant queries in consultation with the Publishing Director and Senior Commissioning Editor
  • You will undertake admin duties, such as processing invoices, updating Biblio, preparing prelims/elims, clearing text permissions, etc.
  • You will manage and optimise metadata as required by the Publishing Director and Senior Commissioning Editor
  • You will establish and maintain good relationships with authors/ editors/ contributors/  freelancers/ project editors
  • You will attend meetings and carry out administrative tasks in relation to allocated projects

Who we are looking for

  • You have proven experience in an editorial or publishing role
  • You have a full understanding of the publishing process
  • You have project managed a publishing project
  • You have work or other experience demonstrating reliability and responsibility
  • You have organisational skills, including planning ahead and prioritizing tasks
  • You are computer literate and have knowledge of, or aptitude for, relevant applications/systems
  • You can communicate and build positive working relationship with contacts at all levels
  • You have an excellent standard of written and spoken English
  • You have a meticulous eye for detail and have strong copy-writing, copy-editing and proofreading skills
  • You understand the market and our customers, their needs and aspirations
  • You show owner mentality – proactive in initiating processes that benefit the company, and which are results-oriented and responsive
  • You work collaboratively as part of a team and are able to communicate and build positive working relationships with contacts at all levels
  • You have an interest in or affinity with the list

What we offer

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, delicious subsidized canteen food, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

This role can be based at our London office, at any of our new regional offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Bristol.

The role will begin working from home due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions, but once normality resumes this 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

Headline Home is the lifestyle imprint of Headline Publishing Group. We publish a broad and exciting range of lifestyle non-fiction and practical books on food, parenting, popular psychology, health/wellbeing, self-help and issue-led titles. Our authors include household names like Raymond Blanc, Mary Berry and Nadiya Hussain, as well as experts in their field, such as Dr Dawn Harper, Clemency Burton-Hill, Dr Sanjay Gupta and Dr Karen Gurney. We are also proud to publish the Marine Conservation Society’s How to Live Plastic Free as well as Lauren Bravo’s thought-provoking How to Break Up with Fast Fashion. 

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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