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Editorial Assistant, Orion



Who we are and what we do

Weidenfeld & Nicolson is one of the most prestigious and dynamic literary imprints in British and international publishing, home to a wide range of literary fiction and non-fiction, modern classics, prizewinning debuts and worldwide bestsellers. Our passion for extraordinary writing dates back to our two founders, Lord Weidenfeld and Nigel Nicolson, who were responsible for introducing some of the twentieth-century’s most remarkable voices – Vladimir Nabokov, Isaiah Berlin, Eric Hobsbawm, and Nicolson’s own parents Sir Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West – to a wide readership. They launched their publishing house in 1949 with the idea of building bridges and opening minds through exceptional works of literature: we have been carrying on their legacy ever since. We publish across a number of categories including history, memoir, popular science, translated fiction, biography, sport, crime and thriller, narrative non-fiction and first-rate literary fiction.


What you’ll be doing

We are looking for an enthusiastic and meticulous Editorial Assistant to support the W&N team of five commissioning editors.

Reporting to the Publisher, responsibilities will include general office administration, running our internal systems, dealing with author queries, writing sales copy for catalogues and title information sheets, proof-reading covers and taking minutes. While the role sits within our commissioning team, you will work across the business with colleagues from editorial, design, production, sales, marketing, publicity and beyond.


Who we’re looking for

A minimum of 6 months’ office experience is essential.  Some publishing experience would be an advantage.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Motivated, flexible and cheerful
  • Passionate about literary fiction and non-fiction, and culture in general
  • Excellent general knowledge
  • Highly organised with a meticulous eye for detail
  • Able to multitask and prioritise effectively
  • Confident with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A competent administrator with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • What we offer
  • The role is based in our riverside London office on Victoria Embankment working as part of a friendly, creative and ambitious team on one of the most well-established literary imprints in the industry. The job offers a great way to learn about literary publishing across fiction and non-fiction.
  • Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds. NB: We are using a blind recruitment process for this role.  This means that managers will only see your skills and experience, educational history and answers to your application questions at the shortlist stage, with your personal information removed.  This is intended to ensure a fair and consistent review of all applications based on your skills and experience relevant to this role.
  • Closing Date: 22nd February 2019
  • Salary: £23,000 per annum


Details on how to apply here