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Commissioning Editor, Art & Visual Culture

Salary Competitive
Location London
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Commissioning Editor – Art & Visual Culture, Bloomsbury Visual Arts

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc is a leading international publisher with strengths in trade, academic, professional and children’s publishing.

The opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the development of Bloomsbury’s award-winning Academic publishing division. Art & Visual Culture is a fast-growing academic publishing list, publishing under the Bloomsbury Visual Arts imprint.  We are seeking a commissioning editor to oversee the list – researching new product lines, commissioning new books, providing strategic direction for both print and digital, and ensuring that the Art & Visual Culture list meets key business goals.  The role will report to our Publisher for Architecture, Art & Visual Culture, and the successful candidate will join a friendly team based in our central London offices.

The role

  • Strategic list management: understanding how Bloomsbury’s strategic objectives feed into list development; gathering market knowledge to identify priority areas and product types for development; working with authors and colleagues to deliver effective and timely publishing outcomes; overseeing frontlist and backlist to ensure that the Art & Visual Culture list meets its business goals, including global growth plans, revenue, budgets, product mix, and profit.
  • Commissioning: research, commission and develop high-quality new academic books, book series, and, as appropriate, digital resource publishing partnerships for the list, meeting pre-agreed annual targets
  • Quality: coordinate peer review and market research to ensure high quality and appropriate proposals and manuscripts 
  • Interdepartmental liaison: work closely with marketing, sales, production, and, as necessary, digital teams
  • Analysis: monitor, review and analyse the performance of the list
  • Representation: act as a spokesperson for the list and for Bloomsbury, attendance at conferences in the UK and internationally, campus visits and sales conferences
  • Digital product development: as required, explore the commissioning and development of new Digital Resource products, in collaboration with our Bloomsbury Digital Resources division.

Knowledge, skills and experience 

  • Experience of commissioning academic content
  • Creative and commercial approach to academic publishing list development, management and commissioning
  • Strong problem-solving, organizational and time management skills
  • Collaborative team player
  • Strong analytic and financial skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Competent user of publishing software systems
  • Meticulous attention to detail.

Additional information

The role is a full-time, permanent position, based at our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a hybrid working pattern of 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred).  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 29th November 2021.

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

Bloomsbury Benefits

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:

Season Ticket Loan

Share Save Scheme

Summer Hours – June to August

In-house Doctor

Eye Care Voucher Scheme

Company culture – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (BAME, Disability, Mental Health, LGBTQ+ and Parents, Guardians and Carers), 15 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources.

Bloomsbury is 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.


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.

Please read more on our Missions and Values here.

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Flexible Working

Life Insurance

Staff Discount on Books

Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP)

Bike to Work

Here’s what some of our employees had to say about joining Bloomsbury:

“It’s a friendly team, I feel part of a community and there’s such a breadth and variety of publishing”

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“There is a passion for books and authors. People want to read and that comes from the top”

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“Bloomsbury has a strong International outlook, it’s good to be part of a global publishing team.”

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