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Editorial Director, Trapeze, Orion

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

What you’ll be doing

This is an exciting time of change for fiction at Orion. After realigning the identity of the commercial fiction lists across the business, we’re looking to bring in the very best senior editorial talent who will shape the future of Trapeze Fiction and deliver even further growth.

As Editorial Director you will be responsible for commissioning and developing an innovative, agenda-setting and commercially focused list. You will actively seek a multitude of diverse voices to represent audiences to reach through your publishing, while driving the strategy of the list, identifying gaps and market trends.

Who we are looking for

We are looking to fill a senior editorial role to lead the fiction publishing at Trapeze. Reporting to the Executive Publisher Anna Valentine, the role will have strategic responsibility for the list, and a small number of direct reports.  

If you’re passionate about books that tap into the zeitgeist, if you love discovering new voices, if you want to shape the fiction strategy at one of the most exciting new imprints in the industry, then we want to hear from you.

If you are an ambitious, creative and entrepreneurial thinker; if you have experience of discovering emerging talent or spotting new trends; if you have a proven track record in reaching broad and diverse audiences, then get in touch.

You may have experience in publishing fiction or non-fiction, or you may work in an analogous industry and are ready for a new challenge. What we’re looking for is an inspirational publisher with an exciting vision for Trapeze Fiction, who is driven by commercial success and who can lead by example as part of a creative, ambitious and go-getting team.

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

Twice shortlisted for Imprint of the Year at the British Book Awards, Trapeze is one of the most dynamic, exciting and commercially successful imprints in the industry. Home to authors such as Candice Carty-Williams, Salma El-Wardany, Chloë Ashby, Nikita Gill and Jendella Benson, Trapeze books start cultural conversations – and diverse and inclusive voices are at the heart of our publishing. We are a company where every story matters.  


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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