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Senior Non-Fiction Publisher

What you’ll be doing

As Senior Non-fiction Publisher, you’ll lead the non-fiction acquiring team, managing one team member, and will be responsible for acquiring and commissioning an exciting, innovative, agenda-setting and commercially focused list of authors, including underrepresented voices and high-profile celebrities, which identifies gaps in the market, emerging trends and stays ahead of the competition. In this role, you will perform the following principal duties:

  • Develop our diverse non-fiction list, especially in the areas of popular culture, current affairs, memoir, biography and sport
  • Seek out new trends and make the most of your excellent network of writers, thinkers, celebrities, influencers, agents and talent managers to sign up new authors
  • Increase the profit of the local publishing non-fiction list, and
  • Manage agreed budgets, control costs and royalty advances.

Who we are looking for

Are you an Aussie looking to return home to an exciting new role where you can grow your experience and join a supportive team? Do you have exemplary commissioning, publishing and author service skills?

Hachette Australia is growing its non-fiction publishing team and we are looking for a Senior Non-Fiction Publisher to help create and implement the vision for our non-fiction publishing program. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone with proven commissioning experience, gained in either a book or magazine environment, to join a thriving and collaborative team.


You’re a fit for the role if you have:

  • Proven record of commissioning and publishing commercially successful titles informed by consumer insight
  • Great creative instincts combined with strong commercial judgment and entrepreneurial flair
  • Significant editorial experience, including content generation and proven experience working with complex and/or legally sensitive projects
  • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to build strong relationships internally and externally
  • Experience working to budgets and handling financial information/data
  • Experience managing people and inspiring them to deliver their best
  • Excellent negotiation skills, high emotional intelligence and great listening skills, and
  • A collaborative mindset but are comfortable taking decisions autonomously where needed. 


We’d love to hear from you if you are passionate about Australian content and are curious about the world around you; have an insightful understanding of the market; have a proven track record of discovering new trends and new voices; are fired up by pursuing emerging talent and expertise; and love to woo and build strong relationships.

What we offer

At Hachette, our people are our greatest asset. Some of the benefits we offer for your personal and professional growth, along with 20 days’ annual leave per year plus public holidays, include: a wide-ranging training library, development programs, including mentoring, up to 50% off book purchases, two volunteer days per year to use at your charity of choice, many employee networks to join, summer hours (finishing at 1 pm on Fridays during the summer months), the option to work from home two days per week, and much more!

This role will based in our head office in Sydney or one of our satellite offices in Brisbane or Melbourne.


Who we are and what we do

Hachette Australia is one of Australia’s largest international publishers with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Hachette’s mission is to make it easy for everyone, everywhere to unlock new worlds of ideas, learning, entertainment and opportunity. We are a trade publishing house with an amazing stable of international, Australian and New Zealand authors, including Stephen King, John Grisham, Delia Owens, Ian Rankin, J.K. Rowling, Enid Blyton, Peter FitzSimons, Geraldine Brooks, Michael Robotham, Dr Norman Swan, Shaun Tan, Jessica Townsend and Rebel Wilson.

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.

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