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Head of Rights, John Murray Press (Professional Lists)

Who we are and what we do

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Rights Department at Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, John Murray Press and Quercus. The Rights Department is a team of ten people, and we handle a huge variety of rights across a wide range of genres from US and translation through to film and television and we are defined by both our focus on budgets as well as strong emphasis on author and customer care.

What you’ll be doing

This is a new position handling the sale of all rights in the John Murray Press Professional Lists which include Jessica Kingsley Publishing, John Murray Learning, Nicholas Brealey, Hodder Faith, Chambers Reference and Sheldon Press.  You will be responsible for creating successful growth strategies for rights revenues in each of these publishing imprints. Along with a Rights Executive, you will work with editorial teams at all stages of the acquisitions process, ensuring that we acquire and exploit the best possible range of rights for our authors, and work with publishers and customers across the world to maximise the value of those rights for our authors.

Who we are looking for

You will create successful growth strategies for rights revenues in each of the publishing imprints you work across. You are likely to have excellent relationships in different rights territories, particularly with academic and professional publishers and will develop and exploit commercial opportunities in new and developing markets.

You will already have a successful career in rights selling with excellent negotiation and communication skills. Commercial and financially literate, you will be a motivating manager, as this position will include the management of a Rights Executive (Professional Lists). You will build strong relationships with clients, agents and authors and work closely with colleagues in house to provide feedback to editors for new books acquisitions.  Experience in selling children’s titles would also be useful. The successful candidate will report to the Rights Director.

What we offer

We are a friendly, very experienced team and are always looking for new sales channels and new ways of achieving our goals.  This is a varied and demanding role which offers a significant opportunity for growth and development within a positive and ambitious team.

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, Private Medical Insurance, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 volunteer days per year to use at your charity of choice, many employee networks to join, delicious subsidized canteen food, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

Our Commitment

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.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.


Salary: £44,500+ dependent on experience

Closing Date: 7th May 2021

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