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Commissioning Editor or Senior Commissioning Editor, Sceptre - Hodder & Stoughton

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

What you’ll be doing

We are looking to appoint a commissioning editor or senior commissioning editor – the role will depend on experience – to join the Sceptre’s small team of editors. We are passionate about literature and dedicated to publishing our books and authors to the highest standards. Reporting to the Publishing Director, you will be responsible for acquiring principally reading group fiction.

Who we are looking for

We’re looking for a talented and creative individual to join our friendly and innovative team. You will be an enthusiastic champion of your books from conception through to publication and beyond – collaborating closely with marketing, publicity, sales and rights. This is an exciting, varied and highly creative role for someone with a passion for books in the reading group area of the market and ideas about how to expand it.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be creatively and commercially savvy
  • Be creative, with a proven record of successful ideas-generation
  • Will keep close tabs on industry, social media and market trends and aim to be ahead of the curve
  • Have proven success in this area
  • Have strong relationships with industry contacts
  • Have the ability to work under pressure
  • Be strategically focused
  • Have strong editorial skills and be digitally-minded

What we offer

The successful candidate will be joining an experienced team in a creative and dynamic working environment. The role offers a competitive salary and bonus potential. Being part of Hachette also offers a wide range of benefits, including employee networks, healthcare, a rooftop staff café and flexible working. This role can also be done on a part-time basis to suit all requirements.

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!

This role can be based at our London office, or at any of our new regional offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Bristol, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

Hodder & Stoughton, part of Hachette UK, was founded 150 years ago and is the publisher of a huge range of bestselling authors including John Grisham, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, John Connolly, David Nicholls, Graham Norton and Deliciously Ella.   We publish a range of titles across a number of imprints and pride ourselves on the quality, variety and diversity of our publishing output.  

We are seeking an ambitious and creative editor to join the team at Sceptre, a leading publisher of literary fiction and non-fiction.

Sceptre is the literary imprint at Hodder & Stoughton, a publisher of iconic brands and books of the year. Our authors include David Mitchell, Siri Hustvedt, Andrew Miller, Anne Griffin, Abi Daré and Hans Rosling.

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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