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The role of Commissioning Editor is to commission and develop appropriate, profitable and quality ELT content (print or digital) from concept development through to publication as specified in the publishing plan. It involves commissioning authors and contributors and working closely with overseas markets, marketing, and the in-house or freelance project team to develop quality material that meets the needs of the key markets and is produced on schedule and within budget.
Collaboration with the Publisher and Senior Commissioning Editor, as well as Product, Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Production stakeholders is vital in ensuring the publishing meets the needs of the key audience and is aligned with pre-press investment.
Work with relevant stakeholders to schedule and plan market research in line with the publishing plan.
Conduct market research to ensure the project meets the publishing vision and business needs.
Keep up to date with other publishers’ material with a view to their potential impact on the publishing plan.
Work with relevant stakeholders to schedule and plan projects effectively.
Develop the concept of the course in liaison with the Publisher, including the component list and briefs.
Identify appropriate authors and contributors and initiate and develop proposals in line with the publishing vision.
Commission and work with authors and contributors in the development of material ensuring it follows the brief.
Work with the content development team to evaluate materials written by authors and contributors to ensure content meets the project specification.
Brief external content developers on project specification, tasks, schedules and ways of working.
Negotiate and administer content development contracts, with support from Editorial Services.
Understand segment digital requirements and feed in to the digital roadmap as appropriate.
In liaison with the Publisher, fully resource content development stages in line with the editorial budget.
Ensure all company content development procedures and best-practice guidelines are observed.
Ensure and maintain high quality author care.
With the Publisher, prepare costings, forecasts, specifications and business case to be sent for P&L approval.
Demonstrate full awareness of the cost and schedule implications of all publishing processes.
Manage performance, training and development of staff, working closely with the Publishing Planning Manager and the Learning and Development Team.
Recruit and induct new staff in line with management capacity.
Use and develop existing skills and participating in in-house/external training sessions.
Maintain and expand network of industry contacts to support publications.
At least 3 years English language teaching experience
Demonstrable ELT publishing experience at project leadership level
Proven track record of successful ELT/EFL product development
Experience of working with a range of new media
Knowledge of ELT markets and segments
Excellent written English
An ability to work to tight deadlines and to manage numerous tasks
Understanding of publishing technologies
Knowledge of a second language
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
A working understanding of content management systems
Excellent team-working and organizational skills
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