Publishing Manager

Reference: MPA46832
Employer: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Contact: Stephanie Hall

Known throughout the world for providing accessible and informative content in print and digital formats, Collins is a pioneer in reference publishing - developing market leading, authoritative dictionaries, atlases and bibles, plus books spanning many other areas. Our other focus is education where we publish for UK and international school curriculums, as well as extensive revision and home learning support for parents and children.

Our Collins team are looking for a Publishing Manager for Music to be responsible for the management of the primary music list formerly owned by A&C Black. The successful candidate will assist with the migration and backlist management, taking responsibility for the day-to-day running of the list, and working with other departments to set up new processes and systems to ensure the list is successfully embedded within the broader Collins Primary publishing division. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring innovation, creativity and new ideas to help the Primary team to deliver their strategic vision: to inspire pupils of all abilities to achieve their full potential.

Ensure the list is embedded within the broader Collins Primary Publishing division
Assist with the development of new editorial processes
Deliver on time, on budget and to a high standard
Disseminate key information about products to sales and marketing colleagues and input on sales and market product launch strategies
Work with editorial/digital services to ensure products embody the objectives outlined at acquisition
Recruit and manage authors, subject experts and freelancers
Work with stock control to manage stock levels effectively
Build a network of music teachers, heads, consultants, subject experts, to fully understand the market today
Actively pursue, monitor, analyse and share competitor/market information
Keep abreast and share information on market changes
Oversee the acquisition, research and commissioning of new products each year
Assist in the development of a rolling 3 year plan for future publishing

Overview of HarperCollins

Our mission at HarperCollins is to harness the power of great publishing and to amplify it through world class marketing, global strength, and relentless innovation. We are all working towards the same goal, and we do it guided by what matters most to us. The culture at HarperCollins is defined by our six values, which inform our everyday actions and the way we behave. From Finance to Editorial, our values shape the way we work.

PUTTING OUR AUTHORS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING. Their success is our first concern.
WORKING TOGETHER. Sharing responsibility, helping colleagues, listening well, embracing difference, and enjoying what we do.
LEARNING & ADAPTING. Taking smart risks, learning from experience without blame and being both curious and willing to change.
LOOKING OUT AS WELL AS IN. Understanding the consumer, the marketplace and the competitive environment.
LEADING NOT FOLLOWING. Staying ahead, looking to the future, being bold and always aiming to be the best.
INTEGRITY IN ALL WE DO. Timely, open and honest communication, being fair, principled and respectful.

We’re based in the News Building which we share with our News UK and Dow Jones colleagues in the newly-established London Bridge Quarter, opposite the famous Borough Market. Our new open-plan office has amazing views across London, and includes a variety of break-out areas to aid inspiration and a collaborative approach, a multi-media suite, and a fabulous canteen floor and book shop.

Additional Details
Application process: 

Please apply via the link below with your CV, cover letter and salary expectations. Early applications may be prioritised.

Please note: We consider all applicants based on their skills, experience and ability to do the job. We do not unfairly discriminate on the basis of convictions or other personal information. We do require candidates to undergo employment screening in accordance with the relevant local legislation. This will only happen at the point an offer of employment is made.

Required Skills: 

Key Skills/Experience
Robust editorial experience in music publishing, including music technical and rights expertise
Relevant commissioning and list management experience
Project management across a number of products, print and digital
Worked with and managed teams of authors and freelancers, especially to strict deadlines
Clear, effective and engaging communication skills
Personal leadership skills to influence/win over stakeholders
Excellent organisation, time and resource management
Proactive in trouble-shooting and solving problems
Thinking skills - questioning mind, always looking to improve processes and products
Flexibility – ability to juggle demanding workload and prioritise
Creativity and innovation – add value through creative solutions
Upbeat, enthusiastic and motivated
Focused and calm under pressure