Job title: Commissioning Editor/Senior Commissioning Editor, Heligo and Black & White
Company: Bonnier UK
Location: London
Is the role full time?: Full-time, flexible home working up to three days per week
Is the role permanent?
Salary range: £37,000 - £40,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Contact: Apply at
Closing date: 11 December

Job Description

Reports to: Publishing Director, Black & White and Heligo
Imprints: Heligo and Black & White
Department: Editorial


Do you have a passion for non-fiction, especially books that power great ideas, shape culture and open minds? Do you want to come and be part of Bonnier Books UK’s influential new trade division, the Black & White Publishing Group?

We are looking for an ambitious and creative commissioning editor/senior commissioning editor to become part of our success story and publish across our Heligo and Black & White imprints in London.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the publishing director, your role is to discover, acquire and publish 10-12 books a year that explore the world of ideas, work, leadership and culture across smart-thinking, popular science, big think and popular psychology.

You will have a proven track record of identifying trends and discovering new authors and talent, as well as a flair for shaping and developing titles into commercial propositions. You will have strong editorial and project management skills, an eye for detail and good experience of working with agents, authors, and a wide range of different in-house teams, including production, sales, publicity and marketing. You will also enjoy pitching ideas, winning over potential authors and negotiating deals. Whilst we are interested in hearing from candidates who are relatively new to commissioning, you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have successfully commissioned and published at least five titles.

Key responsibilities

  • Stay on top of trends and emerging issues in the commissioning areas, and put forward regular proposals for new titles to add to the Heligo and Black & White lists
  • Commission and project manage a wide range of titles, making sure schedules are set up, key dates are met, budgets are adhered to, covers are briefed, Biblio is kept up to date and final files are supplied on time
  • Pitch and present your titles at acquisitions and sales meetings
  • Work with publicity, sales and marketing teams to successfully publish your titles
  • Liaise with and manage third party contributors, including authors, agents and freelancers

Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrable track record of commissioning successful titles
  • Thorough understanding of the marketplace and our subject areas
  • An advanced understanding of the editorial process
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills
  • Self-disciplined and highly organised with a keen eye for detail
  • A flexible, can-do and cooperative team player

If this sounds like you, please apply via our website with your CV and a letter explaining why you think you are the right candidate for the role. We look forward to hearing from you.

About the Black & White Publishing Group

Established in 2022, the Black & White Publishing Group is an all-new adult trade division within Bonnier Books UK., The Black & White Publishing Group comprises a number of imprints, including Back & White, Heligo, Ithaka Press, Nine Eight Books, Eriu Books and Footnote Press; and has published numerous Sunday Times and Irish bestsellers, with more exciting authors and titles to come.

Bonnier Books UK is committed to building a diverse workforce through positive action. Currently, Black, Asian and Multi-Ethnic employees are under-represented in our workforce, and we actively encourage applicants from these groups. For further information, please read our Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan here.