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Do you love great storytelling in books, TV and podcasts? Do you see publishing opportunities across pop culture? Can you turn an outstanding talent into a best-selling author – find the next Peter Crouch or Mary Berry?

We have an exciting opportunity for a commissioned editor to join us at Ebury where you can list BBC Books and Ebury Spotlight, our entertainment hub. It’s the team that publishes David Attenborough, Stacey Dooley, Adam Frost, Mo Gilligan and Monty Don, as well as brands like Doctor Who, Desert Island Discs and Strictly Come Dancing.

Reporting to the BBC Books Publishing Director, you’ll be immersed in pop culture in all its forms – from sport, music and comedy to reality TV and true crime – and have innovative opportunities to capture the energy around a program or talent to use and transform it to the side. Working in the TV, radio/podcast and publishing industries, you are a dynamic idea generator who understands audience needs and can identify the right books to reach them.

Whether you’re a seasoned editor with assignment experience looking for the next step, or someone new to the industry, we’d love to hear from people in creative and media fields as well as publishing, such as broadcasting, talent management, podcasting or social media.

Properties we are looking for:

  • Ability to drive the creation of quality content that stimulates conversation and sets trends
  • Ability to build strong relationships with writers, agents, production companies, BBC executives and brand managers, and throughout the publishing and television industries.
  • A team player with strong personal skills such as empathy and emotional intelligence.
  • Strong and proven negotiation skills.
  • The ability to multitask and deal with competing priorities.
  • A good understanding of the market: retailers, media, audience and competitors.
  • Confident partner for marketing, advertising and other internal teams to develop each book’s strategy, positioning, copy and design.

If that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you. Please apply by the end of the day with your CV and cover letter and two non-fiction book ideas for books related to BBC programs or talent (maximum 600 words in total). Sunday 14 August.

What you can expect from us:

Salary: £32,000 – £38,000 depending on how your skills and experience match the role, plus bonus and benefits

Our employees are the heart of our company. We have a number of benefits that reflect our commitment to our people, some of which include:

• Right to 27 days paid leave in the first year (plus public holidays), increasing by one day each year up to a maximum of 30 days
• Health insurance
• Life Insurance
• To drive to work by bike
• Discounted gym membership
• Generous retirement savings
• Summer working hours (role-dependent)
• Volunteer Policy and Charity Matching
• Employee Assistance Program
• Mentoring program
• Extended gender-neutral parental leave
• Access to books and eBooks at Penguin Random House UK
• Each location has trained mental health first responders
• We plant a tree for every new employee in our company

Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.

As a committed organization for people with disabilities, we are part of the “Offer an interview” program. Here, disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the position can opt for the next recruitment phase. There may be situations in which we cannot take all suitable candidates to an interview due to the high volume of applicants.

We want to ensure that disabled applicants can do their best at every step of the recruitment journey. If you require any adjustments during the application process, we recommend that you contact us at http://PRHCareersUK@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk.

Remember, you only need to tell us what you are comfortable with to support your customization request. Find out more about our approach here: www.penguinrandomhousecareers.co.uk/applying-for-roles-with-a-disability

We work with The Book Trade Charity, which provides financial support to people who want to break into the publishing industry; More information and direct conversations can be found here: http://booktradeentrysupport.org/

Please note that we cannot accept CVs from agencies for this role. Curriculum vitae that are sent on their own initiative are not subject to a fee.

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