Editor, Maternity Cover

We are looking for a talented and highly organized Editor with experience in children’s illustrated or licensed publishing to work on a maternity cover contract.
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Brands and Media Team

We are looking for a talented and highly organized Editor with at least two years’ experience in children’s illustrated or licensed publishing (for ages 0-10 years) to work on a fixed-term maternity contract.

You will be responsible for the editing and production of a list of titles on the Brands and Media list. Working as part of a busy and dynamic team, you will be expected to manage individual book budgets, monitor title progress, liaise with authors and licensors and maintain strong working relationships with every individual involved in the editorial and production process.

This wide-ranging role combines project management and commissioning with excellent editing and proof- reading skills.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have experience of project management, from commissioning through to final files
  • Have experience of working closely with Design and Production
  • Be highly organised, with the ability to prioritise and manage workflow
  • Possess exceptional written skills
  • Have an impeccable eye for detail and strong content, copy editing and proof-reading skills
  • Be able to execute and manage tight deadlines 
  • Have a broad understanding of the production process; scheduling and critical path
  • Demonstrate their understanding of children’s age and stage development and use that knowledge to create outstanding books for pre-schoolers and children at Key Stages 1 and 2
  • Have strong numeracy skills and be able to manage invoices and budget effectively for each title
  • Possess effective communication skills
  • Be self-motivated and highly flexible – happy to move between projects as priorities dictate and manage multiple projects effectively 
  • Demonstrate an inclusive approach
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the contemporary children’s book market

We’d love it if you had… 

  • A good knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel etc) and publishing management systems (eg Biblio)
  • Familiarity with the specific requirements of the creation of novelty books
  • Prior experience of working in InDesign
  • Familiarity with the specific requirements of licensed publishing
  • Have used or are familiar with Google Workspace (Gmail/google applications)


Salary starting from: £27,500

Closing Date: 20th January 2021

We are highly committed to equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. Our full Diversity & Inclusion Pledge is available here https://www.panmacmillan.com/about/diversity-and-inclusion

All applicants must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in the UK in order to be considered for this role.

Please note that all personal information which we process in connection with your application will be treated in accordance with our Recruitment Privacy Notice available here: https://panmacmillan.com/recruitment-privacy-notice. Please read our Recruitment Privacy Notice before submitting your application

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Pan Macmillan

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EC1M 5NR London Directions mpilrecruitment@macmillan.com 020 7014 6000 View page

Workplace and Culture

We are a professional, hard working, mutually supportive group of people who strive to be the best at what we do and have fun doing it. This collective approach has led to Pan Macmillan winning the coveted Publisher of the Year Award at The British Book Awards three times in recent years.

Our ambition is to continue to nurture the best talent from the most diverse group of people so that we can continue to publish books and support authors and illustrators who make our world a better and happier place.

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