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Commissioning Editor (non-fiction)

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

Job title: Commissioning Editor (non-fiction)
Location: Nautical House, Commercial Street, Edinburgh. With flexible home working up to three days per week.
Salary range: £28,000 - £33,000 per annum

General Summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a non-fiction commissioning editor to join our team in Edinburgh, bringing new non-fiction titles and proposals to our growing list.

Key responsibilities


  • Be aware of current successes in the UK book market and use that knowledge to commission new non-fiction titles and edit work as required
  • Consider a wide range of submissions as required
  • Proactively reach out to and create relationships with authors and agents
  • Be aware of emerging authors and artists with a view to approaching them
  • Review submissions brought by other members of the editorial team to editorial meetings
  • Play an active part within the team in new idea discussions
  • Take part in pitches - if required - for hotly contested titles, working with the design, sales, and marketing teams
  • Be aware of the different needs and schedules for books where and when world rights are acquired
  • Structurally edit acquired texts by working closely, creatively and sympathetically with the authors of the texts
  • Work closely with the design team and/or freelance designers to brief artwork as required
  • Work closely and supportively within our editorial team
  • Speak passionately about your books to the wider sales, marketing, publicity and rights teams, from acquisition stage and throughout the book’s publishing life
  • Editorially guide the books through the publishing process to ensure that all sales material and final files are timely and accurate
  • Writing AI copy, cover copy and sales copy as required

List and Project Management :

  • Project-manage your books in partnership with the relevant 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 new title information sheets as required
  • Attend and present at new acquisitions meetings and sales meetings
  • Work with the wider teams to produce appropriate sales material including cover copy, marketing material and material for bookfairs

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

Qualifications and Experience

  • A track record of commissioning profitable, successful non-fiction titles is essential
  • An understanding of the editorial process is essential, with a minimum of two years of editorial experience
  • Copyediting skills essential
  • Copywriting skills essential
  • 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
  • An insightful organiser with the ability to manage and prioritise a varied workload to meet multiple deadlines
  • 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.

Hayley Hale | Contact Person

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