Commissioning Editor, BBC Books and Entertainment (Ebury) – London

Do you love great storytelling in books, TV and podcasts? Do you see publishing opportunities across pop culture? Can you take a standout talent and turn them into a bestselling author – finding the next Peter Crouch or Mary Berry?

We have an exciting opportunity for a Commissioning Editor to join us at Ebury, where you can build a list across BBC Books and Ebury Spotlight, our Entertainment Hub. It is 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 ways to harness the energy around a program or talent and transform it onto the page. Working across the TV, radio/podcast and publishing industries, you will be a dynamic ideas generator who understands audience needs and can identify the right books to reach them.

You might be an experienced editor with commissioning experience looking for that next step, or someone new to the industry – as well as publishing, we’d be excited to hear from people in creative and media fields such as broadcast, talent management, podcasting or social media

Qualities we’re looking for:

  • Ability to drive the creation of high-quality content that starts conversation and sets trends
  • Ability to build strong relationships with authors, agents, production companies, BBC executives, and brand managers and across the wider publishing and television industries.
  • A team player with strong personal skills including empathy and emotional intelligence.
  • Strong and proven negotiation skills.
  • The ability to multitask and handle competing priorities.
  • A good understanding of the marketplace: retailers, media, audiences and competitors.
  • Confident partner for Marketing, Publicity, and other internal teams to develop each book’s strategy, positioning, copy and design.

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

What you can expect from us:

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

Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:

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• 27 days paid holiday entitlement in year one (plus bank holidays), increasing a day each year up to 30 days
• Medical cover
• Life insurance
• Cycle to Work scheme
• Discounted gym membership
• Generous pension scheme
• Summer working hours (role dependent)
• Volunteering policy and charity matching
• Employee Assistance program
• Mentoring program
• Extended gender neutral parental leave
• Access to books and eBooks across Penguin Random House UK
• Each site has trained mental health first aiders
• We plant a tree for every new employee to our business

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 Disability Confident Committed organization, we’re part of the ‘offer an interview’ scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can’t take all eligible candidates to interview.

We want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch with us at http://[email protected]

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

We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here: http://booktradeentrysupport.org/

Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.

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