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Assistant Editor

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

What you’ll be doing

Jessica Kingsley Publishers are looking to hire a talented and ambitious Assistant Editor for our Inclusive Teaching and Learning Resources and Autism and Neurodiversity lists.

You will be responsible for building relationships with authors, developing commercially focussed books and resources and assisting the wider editorial team, as well as signing a small number of your own titles. The role will involve working across a range of formats, including classroom resources, practical guides, children’s books, books for teens and books for professionals.

You will:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with authors
  • Actively solicit, acquire, evaluate, and develop proposals and book concepts
  • Negotiate contracts with authors
  • Champion books through the publishing process
  • Maintain an effective relationship with editorial, marketing, sales production, and other departments
  • Develop and maintain market awareness in order to identify publishing opportunities
  • Oversee the preparation of marketing, jacket, and catalogue copy; and review marketing and publicity materials.
  • Provide administrative support across a number of titles, ensuring that metadata is kept up to date, writing compelling marketing and sales copy and overseeing all essential editorial tasks, from contract to publication

Who we are looking for

The successful candidate will be brimming with ideas for original and exciting resources that will push our publishing in new directions, celebrate and champion diversity, and make a difference to people’s lives.

Some experience of project development work and knowledge of education publishing would be an advantage.

This is the perfect opportunity for someone in publishing looking to take the next step in their editorial career and if you are creative, organised, insightful and a self-starter then we would love to hear from you.

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

Please note, we're currently recruiting for this role in one of the following Hachette UK office locations: London, Sheffield, Newcastle, or Edinburgh

Who we are and what we do

JKP is an award-winning, global publisher committed to publishing products that celebrate diversity and encourage social change. In 2017, JKP became part of John Murray Press, a fast-growing division of Hachette UK and in 2022, JKP won the Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year at The British Book Awards.

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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