You will work on a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles, preparing manuscripts for production after they are handed over by the commissioning editor. You will commission freelancers, liaise with authors, handle legal reports and sensitivity reads, clear permissions, check book covers and work closely with in-house departments. Titles will come from a range of our imprints, including W&N, Phoenix, White Rabbit, Orion Spring, Seven Dials and Trapeze. This is a non-commissioning role.
Who we are looking for
We are looking for candidates with a proven track record of trade project editing (meticulous copy-editing and proofreading skills are essential), who have excellent organisational skills. You must be a proactive multitasker, a good communicator and show confidence dealing with colleagues both internally and externally.
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
Orion Books, a division of Hachette UK and winner of the British Book Awards Publisher of the Year and Imprint of the Year 2021, publishes award-winning commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction, as well as design-led gifts and games. It is home to bestselling authors including Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Erica James, Gillian Flynn, Adam Kay, Candice Carty-Williams, Fearne Cotton and the Hairy Bikers.
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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Salary: £27,000 – £31,000, dependent on experience and location (+bonus + benefits)