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Editorial Manager, Black & White Publishing

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Edinburgh
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Edinburgh

Job title: Editorial Manager, Black & White Publishing

Location: Nautical House, Commercial Street, Edinburgh.

Full-time or possibility of part-time (min. 4 days/week) with flexible home working up to three days per week (full time)

Salary range: £30,000 - £35,000 per annum (full time)

General Summary

We have an exciting opportunity for an editorial manager to join the Black & White team, editing titles across our lists, including non-fiction, fiction and YA and overseeing the editorial requirements of the business, including managing other in-house editorial staff as well as freelancers.

Key responsibilities:


  • Structurally edit acquired texts by working closely, creatively, and sympathetically with the authors of the texts
  • Manage our editorial team, including in-house editors and freelancers to ensure that all editorial and proofreading work is carried out on time and to the required standards for the business
  • Work closely and supportively with our editorial team
  • Help assess a wide range of submissions as required
  • Be aware of current successes in the UK book market and use that knowledge to assist in our commissioning and editorial work as required
  • Be aware of emerging authors and artists with a view to putting new book ideas forward to the commissioning team
  • Play an active part within the team in new book ideas discussions
  • Be aware of the different needs and schedules for books where and when world rights are acquired
  • Speak passionately about our books to the wider sales, marketing, publicity and rights teams, from acquisition stage and throughout the book’s publishing life, as required
  • Editorially guide the books through the publishing process, by working with the desk editors, production and design teams to ensure that all sales material and final files are timely and accurate
  • Copyediting skills essential
  • Copywriting skills desirable
  • Writing engaging AI copy, cover copy and sales copy
  • Writing short, precise briefs for cover design purposes

List and Project Management

  • Project-manage our books in partnership with the relevant editor, design and production teams, making sure key milestones are kept to and final files are supplied on time
  • Project-manage a range of books, of appropriate number and complexity
  • Problem-solve and/or escalate problems in the correct manner and in good time
  • Additional ad hoc duties related to commissioned titles, including maintaining Biblio information and writing information sheets as required
  • Work with the wider teams to produce appropriate sales material including cover copy, marketing material and material for bookfairs

Work with great people

Alex Alexandrou
Head of Commissioning - Children's
"When I joined Igloobooks, I saw it as an exciting opportunity that would offer a completely different experience to any other design environment — I still like it after being here for over five years!"
Sahina Bibi
Marketing Executive
"My team is vibrant and fun — brilliant minds brimming with wonderful ideas. Though we each manage our own projects, we're always bouncing ideas off one another and brainstorming fresh new initiatives."
Shane Hegarty
Head of Operations
"From my earliest days in the company I have been encouraged and enabled to have an appreciable input into how, when and what gets done — which is a rare thing to obtain, or sustain, in any company."
Nick Stearn
Art Director
"My first impressions when I joined Bonnier Books UK were: "'Wow, this company is so different." It acts in a different way, it has energy, it's exciting."

Skills & Requirements

Qualifications and Experience

  • A detailed understanding of the editorial process is essential, with a minimum of three years of editorial experience
  • Excellent management skills
  • Editing skills, writing skills and attention to detail
  • A good understanding of the marketplace and our target audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills
  • A good communicator
  • A commercial thinker
  • Some experience in commissioning new titles desirable but not essential
  • An insightful organiser with the ability to manage and prioritise a varied workload to meet multiple deadlines
  • A flexible and cooperative team player

If you are interested in this role, please apply via our website. We look forward to hearing from you.

Bonnier Books UK is committed to building a diverse workforce through positive action. Currently, Black, Asian and Multi-Ethnic employees are under-represented in our workforce and we actively encourage applicants from these groups. For further information, please read our Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan here.

Great Place to Work

  • Competitive Salary

  • Working with a team of passionate, talented people

  • Internal learning and development programmes

  • Career Development opportunities

  • Fun social events

About the company

Bonnier Books is home to 13 adult and children’s imprints, publishing across a wide variety of genres, for different ages. From crime to reading group fiction; memoir to self-help; activity to reference – we believe every book matters.

Bonnier Books UK is owned by Bonnier Books, a family-owned company headquartered in Sweden. Bonnier Books is a top-15 world publisher.

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