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Senior Commissioning Editor

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

What you’ll be doing

We are looking for a strongly market-focused Senior Commissioning Editor to develop and deliver the next publishing plans in FE. Your creativity will drive growth in revenues – and profit – as well as market share. The role is part of an experienced Secondary/FE commissioning team and reports to a Senior Publisher. The Senior Commissioning Editor is the key contact for our authors and partners and the creative driver of what we offer to colleges and schools.  

We can shape your lists based on your own interests and experience, but opportunities include hospitality & catering, childcare, health and social care, computing, design & technology, construction and building services.

In this role, you will:

  • Be a key member of our successful FE team
  • Work collaboratively to deliver publishing plans in FE, so that we are well positioned for the future and able to deliver profitable long-term growth
  • Own and drive our market research across a range of markets in UK colleges (and schools)
  • Spend lots of time engaging with teachers, students, awarding organisations and industry bodies
  • Commission new titles and series based on market needs across print and digital media
  • Work effectively with authors, enabling them to produce quality, market-focused materials for teachers and learners  
  • Actively manage backlist publishing
  • Work closely with colleagues, particularly in Sales and Marketing, to ensure that your publishing is customer-focused and well-presented to market
  • Maintain and build influential relationships with key and potential partners in education

Who we are looking for

If you have a passion for further and vocational education, this is your chance to put that to great use.

We’d love you to have a strong track record in educational commissioning, ideally in FE, and to be looking to take greater ownership of your part of a business. 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 want to enjoy having a deep understanding of the needs of teachers and students.

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

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!

Please note, we're currently recruiting for this role in one of the following Hachette UK office locations: London, Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester or Edinburgh.

Who we are and what we do

This is a great opportunity to be part of our Further Education team. FE is one of the most dynamic and successful parts of Hodder Education, with a market-leading position in further and vocational education. We publish textbooks, digital resources, revision materials and more for college and school students across the country.

We are part of the Hodder Education Group, which 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. We have made a string of exciting acquisitions, including adding Illuminate Publishing and John Catt Education to our business; we have acquired key lists in the Caribbean and Singapore. We are a leading player in educational assessment.

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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