Primary Publisher - Collins Learning

HarperCollins Publishers

  • Team: Collins Learning
  • Salary: Permanent
  • Location: London, UK
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 29th Aug 2022 BST

Perks and benefits

Healthcare
Retirement benefits
Wellness programs
Employee Assistance Programme
Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
Extra holiday
Professional development
Mentoring/coaching
Paid volunteer days
Flexible benefits scheme
Cycle to work scheme

Candidate happiness

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Job Description

Introduction to the role

A highly-coveted role has become available within the Acquisitions team at Collins.  We are looking for an experienced, commercially-minded publisher, who can collate timely information from the primary market sector and turn it into viable product proposals - print or digital as the end-user requires. 

They will be responsible for: acquiring publishing projects; bringing new authors and partnership opportunities to Collins; the overall performance of the Primary list in the market; and for setting the strategic priorities and direction for the list.  We are excited to have this opportunity to bring fresh talent, ideas and authors to this high-performing portfolio.

Key tasks and accountabilities

  • Market development

    • Spends time in/with schools, academies colleges, MATs, local authorities, DfE, educational consultants, special interest groups or subject groups, buying consortia, parents, consumers or other customers

    • Identifies market trends and publishing opportunities through close contact with the market

    • Stays abreast of educational policy and administrative developments in their area and shares with the wider team

    • Actively pursues, monitors, analyses and shares competitor information

    • Sources new authors and educational consultants, who are experts in their field, so that the pool of available talent for Collins to draw on, is grown

    • Manages relationships with organisations that work in partnership with Collins in the primary arena, and actively seeks to develop new relationships.

  • Product acquisition

    • Develops product rationale, holds constant informal discussions with sales and marketing, and takes forward viable product ideas to formal acquisitions process

  • Product development

    • Fully briefs the Product Development team so that they understand new product objectives and can take full ownership from commissioning the authors to delivering finished product to market

    • Where necessary, takes samples from Product Development team to customers and gains feedback

  • Product performance

    • Works with sales and marketing to prepare market for launch, monitors progress against agreed strategy. 

    • Is accountable for product’s performance in the market, as part of the wider list

  • List strategy

    • Responsible for the overall performance of the list in the market, and for setting the strategic priorities and direction for the list

    • Works with finance, sales and marketing colleagues to set ambitious but achievable sales targets, and plays a part in ensuring those targets are delivered.

Experience required

  • Proven track record in acquiring and developing commercially-successful educational resources for the primary schools market

  • Possesses the requisite leadership skills to influence/win over stakeholders, especially through presenting new products

  • Confident in communicating to and developing relationships with authors, teachers, consultants, sector organisations, customers

  • Strategic and lateral thinker – able to step back and see bigger picture to plan, prioritise and make decisions

  • Strong commercial awareness – can spot mass market opportunities/identify gaps in the market

  • Comfortable with ambiguity, can reconcile different points of view to produce a single product/idea/strategy

Benefits

  • Hybrid working model (2+ days in the office)

  • 26 days holiday plus bank holidays (option to buy and sell holiday days)

  • Enhanced pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave

  • Private healthcare cover and life assurance

  • Free access to HeadSpace, employee assistance programme (24 hour helpline), mental health first aiders, and a wellbeing portal

  • Season ticket loans (from day 1 for entry level) and cycle to work scheme

  • Employee networks: HC All In (open forum), Elevate (for ethnic minority colleagues), HarperParents, Menopause at Work and Pride at HC

  • Unlimited training on our Learning and Development portal, management courses (up to MA level) and mentoring programmes

  • Virtual GP and eyecare vouchers

  • Gym membership discount

  • Onsite physiotherapy (London only)

  • Charitable donation matching and volunteering day

  • We're a certified Carbon Neutral company

  • Free e-books and audiobooks, newspaper subscriptions and discounts on books

  • Subsidised canteen and retail discounts

  • Onsite prayer room

If you wish to discuss anything regarding this position and/or your application to this role, please reach out directly to our Talent Acquisition Manager at stephanie.jemmett@harpercollins.co.uk with subject heading ‘Vacancy Query’ plus the job title and we will aim to get back to you within 5 working days.

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  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application