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Editorial director
Editorial and Social Media

Jonathan Cape is a leading publisher of great works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels and commercial bestsellers. 

We’re looking for an Editorial Director to publish across our list and help shape our future, with a particular focus on commercial and literary fiction. 

You’ll need the skills to mould and manage a book at every stage of its life, from the seed of an idea to publication and far beyond. You’ll be great at working with our in-house team to develop each book’s strategy, positioning, copy and design, as well as being adept at communicating with high profile authors and agents. Most importantly, you’ll be imaginative and full of ideas; able to lead, to question and to collaborate. 

You won’t find the ‘new’ Ian McEwan, Helen Macdonald, Julian Barnes, Yuval Noah Harari, Maggie Nelson – we’re publishing them now – but you must be hungry to discover the writers we’ve not yet heard of, those who will expand and extend our lists for many years to come.

If this sounds like you, apply with a CV and cover letter by 22nd October.

We are currently working remotely with a planned phase back into the office over the next few months, and interviews will be conducted over video call. This is  full-time position but we welcome any requests for regular working from home days or flexible hours. 

What you can expect from us: 

Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:

•    25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays 

•    Medical cover 

•    Life assurance 

•    Cycle to Work scheme 

•    Discounted gym membership 

•    Personal Learning Allowance 

•    Generous pension scheme 

•    Summer working hours (role dependent)  

•    Volunteering policy and charity matching 

•    Employee Assistance programme 

•    Mentoring programme 

•    Extended Parental Leave policy  

•    60% Discount on Company books 

•    Each site has trained mental health first aiders  

•    We plant a tree for every new employee to our business 

Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.

We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here:

Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.

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