The ideal candidate :
Will have a background from both traditional publishing and other fields. The ideal candidate from a traditional publishing background will have 6-8 years in nonfiction trade publishing, with at least two years in an acquisitions role, and a proven record of attracting and publishing commercially successful nonfiction.
Previous supervisory experience is required. Candidates from outside traditional publishing should apply if they have a strong interest and equivalent experience in producing, editing, or developing content for a Scholarly audience, working with authors or literary agents, or other media.
Acquiring, peer reviewing and editing of titles.
Project management of each originated title from typescript delivery to press-ready files
Overseeing editorial quality and house style of all books, including editorial checks and passing for press of all texts, covers, plates, endpapers, cases
Supervise Editorial staff : (Scientific Editor(s), Production Editor(s) and Commissioning Editor(s))
Management of monthly, quarterly, and annual publishing schedule and reports
Management of and liaison with freelancers : copyeditors, proofreaders, typesetters, designers etc.
Allocation and management of the yearly pre-press budget and forecasts
Liaising with editorial, production, marketing & publicity, sales, design and finance to ensure all departments are working together (for catalogues, bound proofs, cover briefing etc.)
Optimising and improving existing editorial and publishing systems and processes
Managing contracts with authors, book editors and higher education institutions. Negotiate and review of all contracts for titles of responsibility and manage them from signing to the payment process.
Develop and manage individual book budgets and P & L statements in collaboration with the Production team and Finance department.
Compile, analyse and provide financial information to the Finance Manager such as unit costs, royalty advances, etc. for all titles
Participate in post-pub analysis
Assist in developing marketing plans for acquired titles and plans for author development and branding, in collaboration with the marketing & publicity team
Skills and Requirements :
Minimum of 5 years of acquisitions experience with a proven track record of acquiring, managing and editing profitable titles.
A proven Supervisory track record. 1-2 years of supervisory experience are required.
A strong understanding of the Open Access market, a broad international outlook and an ability to anticipate trends.
Digital and partnership development experience is a plus.
A self-starter with entrepreneurial flair who thinks like an owner and is ready to roll up their sleeves and proactively identify new acquisitions and backlist opportunities
Knowledge of book publishing processes and functions Editorial, Managing Editorial, Production, Design, Copyediting and Marketing is preferred.
Knowledge of scholarly peer-review will be beneficial
The ability to manage multiple projects under pressure
Meticulous organisational and time-management skills
Flexibility to adapt to last-minute changes to books and schedules
A forensic eye for editorial detail and an exceptional grasp of grammar, style and spelling
The ability to apply structures and deadlines where necessary, as well as strong and constructive relationships with staff.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and a comfort level with adapting to new technology
Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills; ability to provide a high level of efficient support to authors, editors, and reviewers
Strong leadership skills with the ability to delegate and motivate employees and volunteers