Editor, Student Learning (Maternity Cover), Bloomsbury Academic – London

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Student Learning editorial team at Bloomsbury Academic for an editor to manage and advance our market leading study and social work skills lists to cover a furlough contract of maternity (up to 12 months).

The Student Learning Team produces innovative, high-quality textbooks and learning resources for undergraduate university students. We strive to develop relevant and impactful course content and study aids that support the success of today’s students and meet the needs of educators.

Reporting to the Editorial Director (Student Learning), as the editor of these core lists, you will lead expert author support, commissioning and delivery of exciting publishing projects; and manage a team of high caliber colleagues.

The role

  • Order new editions of established texts and key first editions in study and social work skills lists
  • Oversee digital development and update plans for digital product platforms (Skills for Study, Cite Them Right and Social Work Toolkit)
  • Maximize revenue, while controlling costs and overhead to maximize profits, and take responsibility for the business performance of the list
  • Work closely with authors and reviewers to ensure that proposals and typed material are produced to high standards and meet the needs of the higher education market
  • Hierarchical management of editors and assistants.
  • Collaborative work with colleagues from all departments – Sales, Marketing, Production, Digital, etc.

Knowledge, skills and experience


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent


  • Extensive knowledge/experience of the higher education undergraduate textbook/resource market
  • A demonstrated ability to build strong and effective working relationships with colleagues and external contacts
  • Proven commercial acumen
  • Self-motivated with a calm, professional approach and a positive attitude
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to balance priorities
  • Ability to delegate appropriately


  • Experience independently commissioning commercially successful undergraduate higher education textbooks and resources
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of the editorial process
  • Strong track record of building effective working relationships
  • Extensive experience working in a team and independently
  • Proven organizational skills

Further information

The role is a full-time, 12-month CDD position.

The role is based in our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a 2 day in office / 3 day from home (or fully in office if preferred) hybrid work model. The office days allocated for this role are: Wednesday and Thursday

Please apply with a CV and cover 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 May 31, 2022.

Bloomsbury reserves the right to close the position early if we exceed the required number of applications

Benefits of Bloomsbury

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join an award-winning global organization, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive advantages:

working model

  • hybrid work model of: 2 days in the office / 3 days at home (or entirely in the office if you prefer)


  • 25 days vacation
  • 3.5 days Christmas company vacation
  • 2 days of personal well-being

Other benefits:

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

Subscription loan

Sharesave program

Home doctor

Eye Care Voucher Program

That day – online fitness classes, mindfulness, cooking classes, workshops, etc.

Corporate culture ! – Employee voice meetings, staff networks (BAME, disability, mental health, LGBTQ+ and parents, guardians and carers), 15 mental health first aiders trained in UK offices, publication events and access to resources free publications

For additional benefits, see below

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any origin, 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 opportunity employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are willing to make reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please report to the recruitment team if necessary

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 original publisher and trustee 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 names. Read our story to find out how it all started.

Bloomsbury is committed to creating a work environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration, respects difference, is inclusive and ethical in its practice, and promotes well-being. We are committed to nurturing and developing our people to reach their full potential, and we know that our success is built on the passion, commitment and hard work of our talented people. We recognize the urgent need to attract and support candidates from all backgrounds and identities to be part of the global publishing industry, allowing diverse voices to reflect and shape our culture and society.

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