Job title: Commissioning Editor
Company: University of Exeter Press
Location: Remote working
Salary: £32,000–£36,000 pa depending on experience
Is the role permanent? Yes
Is the role full-time? Yes
Contact details: Publisher, Nigel Massen, [email protected]
Closing date: Open until filled.

Job description

University of Exeter Press seek a highly motivated person to join our remote-working team of five. With a diverse list, we mainly publish in film, performance, international relations, folklore, history and politics. The Commissioning Editor will work across the breadth of our subjects, shaping and growing our ongoing activity.

The Commissioning Editor will have the experience and confidence to develop our strategy and take the lead role in proactively acquiring new titles. Ensuring projects meet our financial goals and rigorous academic standards, the Commissioning Editor will support authors with constructive and timely communication, driving projects forward to publication.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement list development and commissioning strategies of traditionally published and Open Access projects.
  • Research, commission and deliver high-quality scholarly books, meeting agreed commissioning targets.
  • Manage a rigorous, timely and meticulously documented peer-review process.
  • Identify opportunities for new series, establish new book series and develop existing relationships through liaison with series editors.
  • Deliver a high standard of author care throughout the publication process.

Communication & Administration

  • Present projects for approval by the management team and Editorial Board.
  • Negotiate contractual terms with authors and volume editors.
  • Liaise with production colleagues to ensure that books are published to budget and schedule.
  • Liaise with marketing colleagues for the effective promotion of the list.
  • Maintain timely and accurate information in bibliographic and project management databases.
  • Contribute to the development of metadata for each title, including blurbs and input on cover design.
  • Attend regular team meetings via video calls.
  • Meet potential authors via video calls and attend a limited number of key conferences and networking events.
  • Deliver information and participate in events for researchers to develop University and external networks.

Essential Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Proven track record of editorially driven commissioning of scholarly books and series, ideally in the humanities or social sciences.
  • Experience cultivating and engaging new series editors, volume editors and authors.
  • Comfortable working with online databases and using web-based software tools to get things done.
  • Ready to work remotely and actively communicate with colleagues online via e.g. chat and video calls.
  • Strong bias for action – able to independently research new projects, methods/tools, get started and iterate based on results and feedback.
  • A thorough understanding of the cost and income profile of a viable academic monographs.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Awareness of trends, competition and sales channels in scholarly publishing, including Open Access and digital opportunities.
  • Ability to plan activity across multiple projects at various stages of publication and prioritise time and resources effectively.
  • A growth mind-set, always seeking opportunities to expand and improve.

How to Apply

Apply by email with the subject line ‘Commissioning Editor Application 2024’. Include in your email the reasons why you want to work at University of Exeter Press, examples of books that you have commissioned, and how your experience and skills fit the role. Please attach your CV.

Send your application (or address any informal questions) to the Publisher, Nigel Massen at [email protected]

We may not be able to respond to all email applicants; please assume you have not been successful if you do not hear back from us within two weeks.