Commissioning Editor

Recruiter
SPRINGER NATURE
Location
London
Salary
Competitive Salary
Posted
14 Sep 2017
Expires
19 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Palgrave Macmillan specialises in cutting-edge academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It publishes monographs, journals, textbooks, professional and reference works, in subjects ranging from Political Science, Economics and History, to Literature, Linguistics and Business.

Comissioning Editor

Palgrave MacMillan

Commissioning Editor - Journalism, Media and Communication

London or Melbourne

Permanent

Closing Date: 20th September 2017

Palgrave Macmillan, a part of Springer Nature, is a global cross-market publisher specializing in cutting-edge academic books. We publish monographs, journals, textbooks, professional and reference works, in print and online. In subjects ranging from Political Science, Economics and History, to Literature, Linguistics and Sociology, the list contains original works by many of the foremost scholars, writers and editors in the world, including Nobel laureates and internationally recognized experts.

Palgrave Macmillan is looking for a motivated editor to manage the Journalism, Media and Communication list. There will be a particular emphasis on growing our author base from Australia so the editor will either be based in Australia or expected to travel there from the UK from time to time. The ideal candidate will be a commercially-aware, target-driven, energetic, and creative self-starter, who is passionate about scholarly publishing.

Reporting to the Head of Film, Culture and Media, the Commissioning Editor will be responsible for acquiring and publishing a program of research monographs, edited volumes, Handbooks, Palgrave Pivots, MRWs and advanced texts for the scholarly market, to ensure the strategic growth of the list. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Seeking out new authors and book ideas: to actively research ideas, topics, and people for potential books and book series in line with the list and company strategy.
  • Evaluating proposals and manuscripts to determine commercial viability, audience, and market; offer editorial feedback.
  • Developing a strategy to ensure sustainable growth of the list in line with the wider divisional and company strategy.
  • Negotiating the acquisition/contract process with authors, signing an agreed number of new titles each year.
  • Serving as a project manager for each book project, coordinating delivery date, manuscript formatting, production workflows, and author management to ensure publication targets are met each year.
  • Attending academic conferences and conducting campus visits to meet new authors as well as to promote and build the Palgrave brand in the media and communication market. International travel will be required.
  • Liaison with global editorial colleagues as well as production, sales, marketing, and publicity.
  • Managing an editorial assistant to ensure high-quality list management.
  • Other duties as required.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Previous publishing experience
  • Experience in an editorial acquisition capacity and/or in an academic publishing environment
  • Familiarity with basic Microsoft Office applications; database familiarity preferred
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills. Exceptional organizational skills and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Keen proofreading skills

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Please ensure to include a cover letter along with a CV in your application