Commissioning Editor, UK Law, Bloomsbury Professional (12-month Maternity cover)

Commissioning Editor, UK Law, Bloomsbury Professional (12-month Maternity cover)

The opportunity

Part of the Bloomsbury Publishing Group, Bloomsbury Professional specialises in UK and Ireland Law, Tax and Accounting. We publish high quality books, journals and digital products for lawyers, tax practitioners, accountants and business professionals.

This is a rare opportunity for a creative and highly organised individual to join the publishing team at Commissioning Editor level.  Reporting to the Head of Practitioner Publishing (Law and Hart), the role will see you commission and manage a wide range of UK legal titles across different formats utilising commissioning and project-management skills in an exciting role where you will work on products and services, from initial idea to contract to delivery to publication/launch. The job requires liaison with authors and in-house colleagues in sales, production and marketing.

Working closely with the colleagues across Bloomsbury, this is a brilliant and very rare opportunity for an ambitious and talented commissioning editor with an interest in law.

The role

  • Taking overall commercial responsibility for the products and online services you manage.
  • Managing the life-cycle of new products and online services, within the lists you are responsible for, from idea to maturity.
  • Leading backlist management, within the lists you are responsible for, to ensure the commercial growth and continuation of a strong back list across different formats
  • Liaising with authors, contributors and other stakeholders, external and internal, to ensure the successful commercial development of the lists you are responsible for
  • Liaising with in-house teams to ensure all colleagues are informed of developments in relation to the lists you are responsible for
  • Input into the annual budget for the lists you are responsible for
  • Representing BP at external events, meetings and industry gatherings
  • To ensure that your products and online services are produced to the highest possible standard whilst delivering best value

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • A good knowledge of the UK legal regime including understanding the key players and organisations
  • Experience of book commissioning in professional markets
  • Experience of online product development and product management
  • Experience of author management including contract negotiation
  • Self-motivated but collaborative and able to motivate
  • Able to prioritise, meet deadlines and work well under pressure
  • Detail oriented but can maintain practical overview
  • Ability to balance and prioritise multiple responsibilities and effectively manage projects
  • Commercially focused

Additional information

The role is a full-time 12-month maternity cover

The role is a hybrid-working pattern of 2 days office based in our Oxford office/3 day’s home based.  Allocated office days for this role are Wednesday and Thursday

Please apply with a CV and covering letter addressed to Human Resources (Word or PDF format only) via the ‘APPLY NOW’ button detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above for this role by Monday 6 March 2023

Bloomsbury reserve the right to close the role early if we exceed the required number of applications

Bloomsbury Benefits

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive benefits package:

Working Pattern

  • hybrid working pattern of: 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred)


  • 25 days holiday
  • 3.5 days Christmas company holiday

Other Benefits:

Two paid Personal Wellness Days

Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an additional 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week

Season Ticket Loan

Sharesave Scheme

In-house Doctor

Eyecare Voucher Scheme

Company culture! – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (Bloom, Disability, Mental Health, Pride and Parents, Guardians and Carers), 10 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources

For additional benefits see below

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any background, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable, and be heard and accepted. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please flag to the recruitment team if required

Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.

The Company

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s Academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic imprint names. Read Our Story for how it all began.

Bloomsbury is committed to creating a working environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration, is respectful of difference, is inclusive and ethical in its practice, and promotes well-being. We are determined to nurture and develop our employees to reach their highest potential, and we know that our success is down to the passion, commitment and hard work of our talented people. We recognise the urgent need to attract and support applicants from all backgrounds and identities to become part of the global publishing industry, allowing diverse voices to reflect and shape our culture and society.

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