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Editorial Position, Big Picture Press

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

Job title: Senior Commissioning Editor/Mid-Level Editor, Big Picture Press

Reports to: Head of Big Picture Press

Location: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London

Imprint: Big Picture Press

Department: Editorial

Salary range: £30,000 - £42,000 per annum (depending on experience).

Working pattern: Flexible remote working

General Summary

Are you buzzing with ideas for gorgeous children’s books? Passionate about beautiful non-fiction, gifting and activity? Do you have an eye for new talent and are keen to hunt out the brightest new writers and illustrators?

Bonnier Books UK is looking for a talented Editor to join the Big Picture Press team. This position would be suitable for a Mid-level Editor on a full-time basis, or a Senior Commissioning Editor, part-time, for three days per week. Reporting into the imprint head, as part of a creative and friendly team, your role would be to acquire, edit and publish a range of books, making sure they are produced to the quality and accuracy required, and on schedule. The role will cover a variety of illustrated book formats so experience of different age ranges and formats is necessary. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to further their career in children’s editorial.

Big Picture Press books are created by, and made for, the incurably curious. With the publication of the Mizielinski’s Maps and Katie Scott’s Animalium in its first year, since Big Picture Press launched in 2013 it has made an indelible mark on the non-fiction market with its boutique range of illustrated gift books. Focusing on extraordinary visual presentation, Big Picture Press collaborates with artists such as Chris Wormell, Lara Hawthorne and Ximo Abadía to create visually inspiring books for readers of all ages around the world.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Play an active part in new idea discussions, commissioning and acquiring titles
  • Research and suggest ideas for the future publishing list, showing awareness of marketplace and trends
  • Editorially guide and coordinate the books in line with the editorial and creative briefs, making sure all files are coordinated through the correct approval workflow for the team
  • Research, write, copy-edit and proofread a wide range of books across different formats and novelties to make the best product possible
  • Make sure all files are editorially accurate and to the required quality during all stages – final files, plotter and advance stages
  • Make sure all BPP books are produced to house style and fulfil the in-house brief
  • Develop strong relationships with authors, agents and contributors

Project Management

  • Project-manage books in partnership with Design and Production, 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
  • Liaise and manage 3rd-party contributors, including packagers, illustrators, authors and other freelance agents that are needed to create a project
  • Problem-solve and/or escalate problems in the correct manner and in good time to allow schedules to be hit
  • Any other adhoc duties as assigned, including maintaining Biblio information and writing information sheets
  • Draw up editorial project budgets and P&Ls for approval and negotiate fees with freelance staff
  • Attend and present at regular new acquisitions meetings and sales meetings
  • Work with the team to produce appropriate sales material including cover copy, marketing and material for bookfairs
  • Communicate Company and Department Goals to the creative team
  • Assess and implement the Department’s processes, making sure they are robust, up-to-date and fit-for-purpose

Work with great people

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."
Blanche Carballo
Audience Development Lead
"I’m glad to work with amazing people each day, and to know that my ideas are heard. It’s exciting to be part of a company that has ambition and wants to make an impact in everything it does."

Skills & Requirements

Skills and Experience

  • An advanced understanding of formats, age-ranges and subject matters
  • An advanced understanding of the Editorial Process and InDesign
  • Comfortable with processes and systems
  • Comfortable with numbers and spread sheets
  • Strong copy-editing and proofreading skills
  • Attention to detail
  • A good understanding of the market place and our target audiences
  • Excellent people-management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent motivation skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills
  • A good communicator
  • A commercial thinker
  • An insightful organiser
  • A good role model with a positive, can-do attitude
  • Analytical and forward thinking
  • A flexible and cooperative team player

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

At Bonnier Books UK, we believe that every book matters. We love to publish stories and content that open our eyes to new perspectives and bring us closer together. We offer a nurturing home for our authors, illustrators and brand partners, publishing bestselling books for readers and listeners everywhere. We know that fantastic stories can come from anywhere and our purpose is to bring them to as wide an audience as possible, a simple ethos that has led to us becoming one of the country’s leading publishers.

The offspring of Bonnier Books, a family-owned top-15 world publisher headquartered in Sweden, we are inspired by a rich literary heritage but not bound by convention. We think in generations rather than quarters, and strive always to operate in an open, curious way that contributes to the future of the planet and its people. As a climate-neutral publisher we are an active participant in the Science Based Target initiative, committed to a strategy to limit global warming to 1.5 °C.

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