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Editorial Director – Seven Dials, Orion

Who we are and what we do

As the publishing home of The Hairy Bikers, the McCartney Family, Dick and Angel Strawbridge, Tony Bellew and Ellie Goulding, and brands such as Pizza Express, Pasta Evangelists and the National Railway Museum, Seven Dials is a commercial non-fiction powerhouse with ambitions for growth. We aim to bring the biggest brands and brightest publishing ideas to the greatest variety of people. From entertainment and sports stars to heritage brands, award-winning cookery and lifestyle publishing, to pacey true life stories and innovative gift titles, we pride ourselves on being an unashamedly commercial list with something for everyone. We are a company where every story matters. And we want your story to start here too.

What you’ll be doing

This is a period of rapid growth for Seven Dials. After delivering exceptional publishing in 2020 and 2021, we’re looking to bring in the very best senior editorial talent to shape and lead the future of the food and drink list on Seven Dials to even greater success.

You will be responsible for landing and bringing the biggest books to market, expanding the range of our commissioning and driving the strategy of our cookery publishing going forward, identifying gaps and market trends.

Who we are looking for

You will have a genuine passion and interest in food and drink, and will be brimming with ideas about how you would shape our publishing in this area. Whether you’re excited by working with leading food writers and high profile chefs, or helping celebrities hone new cookery propositions; if you love working with influencers, or emerging talent with new ideas, then we want to hear from you. If you are an ambitious, creative and entrepreneurial thinker; if you have a track record of acquiring bestselling food and drink titles, spotting new trends and publishing with flair; or if you are working for a food magazine/brand and have the right skills and contacts to make the transition into food and drink publishing, then get in touch.

This is an opportunity for someone whose experience in food and drink has given them a vision for growth, and who is ready for a new challenge. We are looking for a publisher who is excited by profit and passionate about building a list that will engage and stimulate the largest number of readers, as well as continuing to create and publish the biggest and best titles in the market.

Reporting to the Publishing Director of Seven Dials, the role will have strategic responsibility for the food and drink part of the list.

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, Private Medical Insurance, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 volunteer days per year to use at your charity of choice, many employee networks to join, delicious subsidized canteen food, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

This role can be based at our London office, or at any of our new regional offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Bristol.

The role will begin working from home due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions, but once normality resumes this role will be based at one of our UK offices, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking junior roles. For more information visit www.booktradeentrysupport.org


Salary: £40,000 to £45,000 dependant on experience
Closing date: 20th August 2021

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