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CBS Corporation Senior Commissioning Editor, Children's Picture Books and Novelties in London, United Kingdom

Senior Commissioning Editor, Children's Picture Books and Novelties

REF#: 35074

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: Simon & Schuster

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff


JOB LOCATION: London, United Kingdom


Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom.


Simon & Schuster Children’s UK is one of the leading children’s publishers in the UK, with a record of continuously strong sales and many prestigious awards. It was founded in 1998, and since then has published numerous high quality and bestselling titles and series. Stars on the colour list include Benji Davies (The Storm Whale series), Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet (Barry the Fish with Fingers, Supertato), Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie (Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, The Worst Princess) and Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (the Aliens Love Underpants series). Simon & Schuster has been shortlisted and highly commended for Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Bookseller Industry Awards.

We’re looking for a Senior Commissioning Editor to develop and manage picture books, some novelties and brand extensions and select illustrator-led non-fiction. This is a hugely exciting time to be joining S&S and a terrific opportunity to work on, and help to shape a dynamic list that’s packed with popular, acclaimed and stand-out books for children.

The Role:

Reporting to the Editorial Director, this role will be responsible for commissioning picture books and occasional illustrated non-fiction, developing ideas and concepts in-house and working on our series, novelty and bespoke projects.

We are looking to recruit a passionate and talented editor to continue to strategically build our strong commercial brands, as well as to find and nurture exciting new voices and to grow our market share.


You will love children’s books and be excited about helping to make books that children will ask for on repeat. You will be a committed, creative individual with excellent editorial skills and a terrific eye for detail. You will have in-depth market awareness across the UK and internationally, with a track record of commercially successful acquisitions. Author and illustrator care will be a top priority for you, and you will have good industry connections.

We are a small team, so you will be happy to pitch in and you will have strong communication, project, contractual, financial and time management skills.

Closing Date: 20 September 2019


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