Amazon Publishing is looking to hire an experienced and market-savvy Editorial Director for a 12-month maternity cover. The Editorial Director will lead and inspire our team of editors to bring our customers exceptional books and is the key editorial expert for our Amazon Publishing imprints in the UK.
You’ll discover and evaluate books in a variety of categories, manage author and agent relationships, and support the publishing team to deliver quality books and world-class author experiences.
This is a multifaceted job in a start-up environment that requires; strong leadership with strategic thinking, management of a team, solid business judgement with an understanding of the economics of publishing and high levels of ownership.
Your focus will be:
Monitoring format, category trends, sales, and customer review data for books and developing and maintaining strong relationships with authors, literary agents, publishers, and industry contacts
Identifying new leads from publishers and agents, help evaluating projects and mobilising the editorial team to move quickly on opportunities
Guiding the local editorial team to ensure that they are raising the bar in editorial and author care
Working closely with our internal teams (e.g. Finance, Operations, Marketing) to track work from acquisition through publication
Providing leadership, guidance, and development opportunities for your direct reports
5+ Years of publishing and editorial experience, identifying, evaluating, and supporting the publishing of content
3+ Years of people management
Proficiency with MS Office, particularly Excel and Word
Comprehensive understanding of the editorial and production process
5+ years of author and agent relationship management
2+ years' experience owning and managing to a P&L or departmental goals
Demonstrated creativity in identifying new business opportunities
Strong analytical skills: the ability and desire to use a variety of data to make decisions, back up proposals, and measure results
Exceptional editorial/publishing acumen
Superb written and verbal communication skills
Proven track record in creatively publishing commercially successful titles
Strong analytical skills and the ability to use data to measure results
Closing date: not specified