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Project Editor / Editorial Manager - Little, Brown Book Group

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

What you’ll be doing

Reporting to the Constable Non-fiction Publisher, the successful candidate will be a key member of our small team and responsible for the overall smooth running of the list.

You will take responsibility for the project editing of all front-list titles, seeing them through the entire editorial process on time and on budget, dealing with freelance copy editors and proof readers.

Beyond the editorial process, you will be hands-on as well as strategic, overseeing our books from acquisition to publication and beyond, from contracts to cover briefs and trade announcements, working closely with colleagues in every department and collaborating successfully with authors, agents, and other key partners. You will champion the interests of the list at in-house meetings and take ownership of author relationships where required.

Other duties include writing copy; briefing jackets and liaising with designers; creating effective acquisition memos; proof-reading; costings; eBook nominations; overseeing our metadata; and generally assisting the Publisher as required.

Please note that this role does not involve commissioning. There is potential to work on structural edits for the right candidate.

Who we are looking for

The ideal candidate is reliable, proactive, efficient, organised, unflappable under pressure and an excellent communicator. A commercial, creative and solution-driven mindset is a must. Strong market knowledge is preferred. Knowledge of the subject areas we work in isn’t expected but a willingness to learn, get stuck in and be open-minded is. You should be comfortable working across all areas of non-fiction, from literary memoir and celebrity autobiography to politics and sport.

Previous project editing experience is essential, in particular a track record of dealing with complex projects and challenging schedules. Familiarity with Biblio, previous experience dealing with legal reports and the ability to write compelling cover copy is an advantage.

This unique role will suit an experienced project editor looking to get involved in all aspects of the running of a successful and varied list.

Job title dependent on experience.

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!

The role will be based at our London office, Carmelite House, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

Constable Non-fiction is a vibrant imprint of the award-winning Little, Brown Book Group. Known for its eclectic nature, the Constable list encompasses biography, memoir, sport, history, music, politics and culture. It is a list defined not only by its rich history and prestige but also by its focused commerciality, seeking out niches in the market. We pride ourselves on our culture of independence and offer a bespoke environment for all our authors.

In recent years, the imprint has gained a reputation for producing idiosyncratic bestsellers such as Legacy by James Kerr, Titania McGrath’s Woke and Will Sergeant’s Bunnyman. We publish some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment, including Ian Wright, Mike Brearley, Diego Maradona, Francis Rossi, Nikki Sixx, Jamie Foxx and James Blunt.

Constable is also home to a stable of important, sometimes challenging political titles. We are proud to publish across the political and cultural spectrum and our authors include Quentin Letts, Julie Bindel and David Lammy.

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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