Editorial Director, Fiction, Picador – London


In this 50th year, Picador is looking to add to its strong commissioning team, someone who will bring a fresh perspective to the footprint and enhance its business, cultural and strategic diversity.

The new Editorial Director will curate a highly selective and profitable slate of novels, each of which will be shaped to be a firework display of a publication, to light up bestseller lists, booksellers, social media and the marketplace with a bright burst of originality and memorability, and to expand the scope and readership of the Picador fiction list. They will also initially be in the care of a group of commercially vital best-selling authors.

The main responsibilities of the role include –

  • Acquire, edit and publish distinctive, noteworthy and commercially powerful novels for the Picador list, books that light up charts, bookstores, social media and book groups
  • Be editorially and financially responsible for a list of authors and their publications, some of which have inherited, and deliver them in a cost-effective manner in accordance with company objectives.
  • Represent the list and the company to literary agents, scouts, journalists and other literary professionals, as well as to readers
  • Negotiate contract terms for books in accordance with company standards

We would be delighted if you had –

  • A strategic sense of how the book market is developing in the UK and beyond, in print and digital formats, with new routes to market
  • Project management experience / ability to assemble and lead a cross-departmental team for large books from acquisition to publication and beyond
  • The belief that there are reading communities that are underserved and an idea of ​​how to change that
  • Familiarity with Google’s range of applications, ideally in a work environment, and ability to think systematically about workflow
  • Experience managing a team’s success

The successful candidate will have: a visible streak of editorial entrepreneurship and a demonstrably strong publishing record to reach new readerships; an understanding of what makes a book compelling, engaging, shareable across reading groups and online; an ability to interpret data and manipulate numbers; a love of profitability, as well as a sure instinct for what the market wants next

A natural affinity for working creatively in a team and alone will be crucial, as will demonstrably high levels of dedication, collaboration and focus. Identifying and understanding readers’ needs is a key attribute. Powers of persuasion and communication must be strong, as must an eye for detail and a sense of key issues and changes in contemporary publishing and the creative industries in general.

Closing date: March 31, 2022

Recruitment Manager: Philip Gwyn Jones (Editor, Picador)

We are very committed to equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. Our full Diversity and Inclusion Commitment 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 position.

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