Commissioning Editor, Ladybird Licensing -

Commissioning Editor, Ladybird Licensing

The Random House Group Ltd | London | Competitive | Date published 2nd October

Do you want to commission and create books that reflect the world’s most popular brands and characters for 0–7-year-olds?

At Ladybird, we make growing up the best story ever for children everywhere, along with our friends Peppa Pig, Igglepiggle, Hey Duggee and more. We’re looking for a Commissioning Editor who can work with our children’s entertainment brands to inspire a new generation of young children to explore, learn and read.

As part of a small but busy team, you’ll have the responsibility and freedom to manage your own workload. You’ll use your commissioning skills to acquire new brands, so you’ll need an avid and diverse interest in what’s happening in the preschool space – whether that’s TV, films, toys or games – and buckets of creativity. Your first-class editorial skills will be employed to bring those brands to life in publishing, delivering books that meet consumer needs, whether that’s learning about first experiences or having fun with hundreds of stickers and activities.

This is a unique commercially-orientated role where you’ll typically work with licensors and freelancers rather than authors and agents. Reporting into the Ladybird Licensing Publisher, you’ll work closely with the Ladybird Trade and Education teams as well as colleagues across the business, so you’ll need excellent communication skills and the confidence to energize and excite people about the next big preschool property.

If you’re an Editor with experience working in preschool and across a variety of books such as board, activity and novelty books, this could be the ideal next step for you. Licensing experience would be an asset.

If this sounds like you, apply by 8th October with a CV and cover letter as well as approximately 250 words on the following:

Tell us about a preschool brand which you admire and why. Why do you think it works well (or would work well) in print?

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