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JKP is looking for a commissioning editor to provide 12 month maternity cover for its market-leading Autism list.

Who we are and what we do

JKP is a specialist, global publisher that aims to be at the forefront of social change by promoting positive narratives around identity and difference. We publish for professionals and general readers on a range of subjects, including the autism spectrum, health and social care, adoption and fostering, mental health and counselling and gender diversity. We’re based in London with an office in Philadelphia and are part of the John Murray Press division of Hachette Group.

JKP’s autism publishing

JKP’s internationally renowned autism list is integral to the company’s identity and its unique content and breadth has provided a model for the development of newer lists. Since we published our first book about autism in 1996, we have grown an innovative list that celebrates autistic thinking and promotes the value it can bring to society, as well as providing support for specific challenges. Spanning picture books for children to practical resources for professionals and self-help for autistic adults, the 650-title strong list offers something for everyone.

What you’ll be doing

Working as part of a small and passionate team, you’ll be responsible for signing a range of titles for the autism list that fit with the goals of the Editorial Strategy.

The role is within JKP’s editorial department and is ideally office-based at our offices in Kings Cross. However, we would consider alternative working arrangements to meet your needs.

Who we’re looking for

We’d love to hear from you if you have a demonstrable interest in or experience of autism, with or without prior publishing experience. Any existing connection to the autism community in the UK or overseas that would help you to identify potential authors and emerging topics would be an advantage.

What we offer

JKP is an energetic publisher with an independent spirit. You will be working with people who believe passionately in driving social change and making a real difference to people’s everyday lives. We promote a culture that values diversity and inclusion, the sharing of ideas, curiosity and learning. This role will provide the opportunity to acquire knowledge about publishing for specialist markets and you will also be able to take part in wider training offered by Hachette.

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, neurodiversity and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you’re interested in the role please email Lisa Clark explaining the reasons and your relevant experience.