Hodder Gibson: Commissioning Editor (Parental Leave Cover)
Salary: £36,000 - £40,000 p.a. (up to £45,000
Contract: full-time, fixed-term
Closing date: Monday 13 December 2021
How to apply: online on the Hachette website.
What you'll be doing
We are looking for a strongly market-focused Commissioning
Editor to develop and deliver our publishing plans for Scottish
secondary schools. This will lead to 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 in that team. The Commissioning Editor is the key contact
for our authors and partners and the driver of what we offer to
secondary schools across Scotland.
In this role, you will:
- Work collaboratively to maintain and deliver publishing plans
for Hodder Gibson, so that they are well positioned for the future
and able to deliver profitable long-term growth.
- Own and drive our research into Scottish Secondary education,
maintaining and communicating detailed market knowledge.
- Utilise group platforms such as Boost to provide solutions for
teachers and learners in Scotland.
- Work effectively with authors, so that quality, market-focused
materials are produced (print, digital and mixed media) and
delivery deadlines are met.
- Work closely with colleagues, particularly in Sales and
Marketing, to ensure that your publishing is customer-focused,
commercially viable and to contribute to realistic sales
- Work constructively with Production, Design and Digital
departments so that publishing schedules are met, and margin and
stock levels maintained in line with budget requirements.
- Maintain and build influential relationships with key and
potential partners in education.
A full role description is available on request.
Who we are looking for
You will have a demonstrable track record in educational
commissioning, ideally in Scottish education, and are now looking
to take greater list ownership. 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
You will also have the personality to develop successful and
long-lasting partnerships with authors and educational
A background in, or knowledge of, the Scottish education system
would be an advantage.
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!
You would most-likely be based at our wonderful offices in
Edinburgh; or we can discuss working from any of our national
offices: in Banbury, Bristol, London, Manchester, Newcastle or
Sheffield. We are happy to discuss a range of many flexible-working
Who we are and what we do
Hodder Gibson is Scotland's leading educational
publisher: providing textbooks, digital services, revision
materials and practice papers for schools and students in
We are proud to be 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 in a wide range of
markets. We have made a string of successful acquisitions,
including adding Rising Stars, Galore Park and Illuminate
Publishing to our business, and acquired key lists in the Caribbean
and Singapore. We are a leading player in educational assessment
and Further Education.
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