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Editorial Director, Vintage – Harvill Secker (7 months FTC) – London


We are looking for an enterprising, organized and strategic Editorial Director to join Vintage’s Harvill Secker imprint on a 7 month contract while a member of our team is on parental leave.

Harvill Secker is Vintage’s vibrant international imprint. We creatively and ambitiously publish crime bestsellers, from crossover fiction and thriller to award-winning literary fiction and non-fiction. Our writers include Jo Nesbo, Susan Stokes-Chapman, Haruki Murakami, Denise Mina, Erin Morgenstern, Elaine Feeney, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Abir Mukherjee, Tommy Orange and Kirsty Logan.

We are looking for a skilled, business-minded editor to work on our Crime, Thriller and General Fiction titles.

You will need a proven ability to effectively prioritize work in a fast-paced environment and see projects through from conception to completion. You will be a broad and curious reader and have an in-depth understanding of the publishing landscape. You will be highly efficient, proactive, with attention to detail, excellent time management skills and an ability to stay calm and meet deadlines when under pressure.

Strong communication skills are essential, as you will be a key point of contact for our authors and their agents as well as colleagues at Penguin Random House.

We are looking for someone to start in late September 2022. We are currently working in a hybrid mix of both office and home time and are happy to discuss flexible work options at the interview stage. This role will be based in our new Embassy Gardens office in Nine Elms.

Please apply with CV and cover letter before Thursday, June 30th midnight.

What you can expect from us:

Salary: £42,389 – £56,519 depending on how your skills and experience align with the role, plus bonuses and benefits.

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

• 27 days of paid vacation in the first year (plus public holidays), increasing by one day per year up to 30 days
• Medical cover
• Life insurance
• Cycle to Work program
• Discounted gym membership
• Generous pension plan
• Summer working hours (depending on role)
• Volunteer policy and charitable twinning
• Employee Assistance Program
• Mentoring program
• Extended and gender-neutral parental leave
• Access to books and eBooks through Penguin Random House UK
• Each site has first aiders trained in mental health
• We plant a tree for each new employee of our company

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

As a Disability Confident Committed organization, we are involved in providing an interview program. This is where candidates with disabilities who meet the essential criteria for the position can register to access the next stage of recruitment. There may be situations where the volume of applicants means that we cannot interview all eligible applicants.

We want to ensure that candidates with disabilities can perform at their best at every stage of the recruitment journey. If you need any adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to contact us at http://[email protected]penguinrandomhouse.co.uk.

Remember, you only have to share what you are comfortable with so we can support your fit request. Read more about our approach here: www.penguinrandomhousecareers.co.uk/applying-for-roles-with-a-disability

We work in partnership with The Book Trade Charity, which provides financial assistance to people wishing to enter the publishing industry. you can find more information and talk directly here: http://booktradeentrysupport.org/

Please note that we are unable to accept agency CVs for this position. Any resume submitted speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.