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Commissioning Editor (Secondary Science), Hodder Education

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

What you’ll be doing

We are now looking for someone to be a key part of the creative and commercial drive behind our Secondary Science publishing. You will use market research and insight to develop and deliver our future plans in Science, commissioning print and digital materials. You will work closely with colleagues to build exciting ranges of resources and services for teachers and learners that will gain enthusiastic feedback and contribute to growing market share.  

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Have commissioning responsibility across Secondary Science.
  • Commission new titles and series based on market needs across print and digital media to ensure continued, profitable growth of the list.
  • Spend lots of time talking with teachers, students, awarding organisations and potential partners.
  • Support and develop authors, including providing feedback on manuscript.
  • Develop your market knowledge and contacts.
  • Actively and creatively manage backlist publishing.
  • Contribute to commercial discussions including setting sales budgets for your titles.  
  • Work closely with colleagues in Sales and Marketing, Design and Production to develop your publishing collaboratively.

A full role description is available on request.

Who we are looking for

You will have a demonstrable track record in educational commissioning, ideally in UK education, and are now looking to take grater list ownership. Experience of working with awarding bodies and leading authors would be very valuable.

You will have worked on educational resources being developed in line with changing curriculum requirements and shown that you can balance curriculum demands with a deep knowledge of classroom teaching.

You will also have the personality to develop successful and long-lasting partnerships with authors and educational partners.  

A background in science beyond post-16 education (e.g. A-level) would be an advantage in helping you to engage closely with your authors and their work.

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, or 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 one of our UK offices, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

The Hodder Education Group is a vibrant and growing business within Hachette UK. Over recent years we have won market share beyond UK curriculum change, and significantly grown our international business in a wide range of markets. We have made a string of successful acquisitions, including adding Rising Stars, Galore Park and Illuminate Publishing to our business, and acquired key lists in the Caribbean and Singapore. We are a leading player in educational assessment and Further Education.

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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