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Senior Editor (parental leave cover), Little, Brown Book Group

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

What you’ll be doing

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on one of the most loved and best-known imprints in publishing. Virago is looking for a senior editor on a parental leave contract, starting 31st January 2022. 

We are looking for an editorial talent who will take on existing projects, fiction and non-fiction, and drive the publishing strategy for these books, alongside the potential to acquire some new and exciting fiction and non-fiction. It is also important that the person in this role enjoys being part of a closely-knit team and is excited about contributing to Virago-wide initiatives including social media, events, podcast, anniversaries and so on.

Who we are looking for

You will have a genuine passion for feminism, be energised by leading the publishing strategy for your titles, able to come up with and communicate clear publishing strategies and be excited about potentially acquiring for the list. This is an opportunity for someone who has worked in the industry for at least 3 years, as an editor in a publishing or acquiring role or someone who might be thinking about a return to work after a career break.

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 begin working from home due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions, but once normality resumes this 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

Virago is a feminist publishing company, founded in 1973. We have always been committed to amplifying the widest range of women writers and writers of underrepresented genders, and to elevating voices from all backgrounds. And our publishing has always had enormous range, from literary fiction, humour and poetry, to polemic, history and memoir, and beyond. Our authors include Monica Ali, Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Deborah Frances-White, Nadia Murad, Sonia Purnell, Marilynne Robinson, Natasha Walter and Sarah Waters.

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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