Commissioning Editor, Research Methods
The Commissioning Editor will be required to sign and development Research Methods books for SAGE. The objective is to grow our range of titles and new editions in line with strategy, and with the aim of achieving continuous revenue growth and strong profitability. Fundamental to the role is building strong relationships with authors and colleagues, to ensure our books both meet market needs and fulfill their sales potential, while enhancing SAGE’s reputation as the world’s leading publisher of research methods textbooks.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The job functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
•Recruit authors to write new titles and new editions from an agreed hitlist.
•Identify current and future market trends; contribute to the company's editorial plan for future development.
•Introduce book projects into the publishing programme through presentation at the Editorial Board meeting for approval.
•Liaise with other departments to ensure that books are produced, marketed and distributed in an appropriate way and within acceptable costs.
•Provide creative support to authors and negotiate with them on terms, content and SAGE's services.
•Provide information and support for the marketing department in the promotion of new and published products.
•Develop and monitor the backlist.
•Identify, advise and act appropriately on legal questions relating to publication including contract, libel and copyright.
•Project management skills: including the ability/or aptitude to manage products from early stages through to publication.
•Understanding of financial implications of individual projects and lists within the company's development.
•Academic visiting and conference attendance within the UK, Europe, and occasionally internationally to build subject knowledge and relationships with authors/editors.
•Present at sales meetings and be a champion for SAGE research methods publishing.
•The commissioning editor reports to the Publisher against achievements of targets within the company’s editorial plan.
EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE
The successful candidate will have a…
•proven track record of adding value to a publishing programme (for example, through signing or developing products);
•strong understanding of the dynamics of academic publishing and market conditions;
•thorough grasp of the economics of book publishing;
•proven ability to project manage publishing products from initiation through to launch;
•experience in conducting market research to inform and shape product development or publishing strategy;
•proficient use of IT, including use of network resources, internet, email, Excel, word processing and document preparation and presentation.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
The successful candidate will be a “self-starter” who is able to …
•find new authors and build relationships with key figures in research methods across the social sciences;
•work on a large number of projects simultaneously within tight time pressures;
•plan, prioritize and carry out work to achieve targets;
•create appropriate budgets, manage costs and analyse sales and financial data;
•establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with authors;
•collaborate effectively with colleagues to create plans and resolve issues;
•demonstrate exceptional written and verbal communication skills;
•work independently, while liaising effectively with team members;
•use research and analytical skills to inform strategy development and project decision-making;
•make good decisions by gathering and weighing up evidence and opinions, and clearly communicating a preferred option and gaining buy-in;
•bring curiosity and enthusiasm to their professional work with our social science authors and partners.