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Editorial Assistant - Baskerville, John Murray Press

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

What you’ll be doing

Providing administrative support to the Publishing Director and wider Baskerville team, as well as to the wider editorial team when required. You will be involved in all aspects of a book’s journey from submission to publication and beyond. This includes reading and reporting on manuscripts, mastering the systems and editorial processes that go into making a finished book and liaising with authors and agents. You will be part of a friendly and enthusiastic team who are working together to make this new imprint a success.

Who we are looking for

We’re looking for a highly organised self-starter, with a passion for high-quality fiction that sits within the broad sweep of the crime and thriller genre. The successful candidate will have the ability to prioritise tasks within this busy and interesting role, as part of a newly launched imprint at a prestigious publishing house.

Previous publishing experience is not essential. Applicants should have excellent spelling and grammar and a keen eye for detail, as well as the ability to write good copy, combined with strong administrative and IT skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

Confident communication skills are a must, as is the ability to work well under pressure, to tight deadlines. A willingness to embrace online and social media activities will also be useful as we build the profile of the imprint.

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!

This role is based at Hachette’s new Bristol office, situated in the buzzing location of Wapping Wharf, with the imprint’s Publishing Director., with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

For 250 years, John Murray has published best-selling, pioneering and accessible non-fiction and fiction, including Jane Austen, Charles Darwin and Arthur Conan Doyle.  Today, John Murray Press publishing represents quality, diversity and populism, from Mick Herron, Andrew Michael Hurley,  Kaoru Takamura and Niklas Natt Och Dag to Lisa McInerney, Fiona Mozley and Mateo Askaripour to Miriam Margolyes, Trevor Noah and Matthew Syed.

Baskerville is a distinctive new literary crime and thriller imprint at John Murray that will launch in spring 2022. We aim to publish high-quality, thought-provoking books that will haunt the imagination. We are a creative, collaborative team at a dynamic and ambitious publisher that offers excellent benefits and will support your development.

In 2021 Hachette UK, whose headquarters are in central London, opened five new national offices in Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Edinburgh and Bristol. This move reflects Hachette’s desire to continue to forge close links with local talent and supports its aim of further diversifying its workforce.

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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