We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic individual in the UK who can support the Publishing business in the development of content acquisition, in order to deliver on the company’s strategic business plans and effectively contribute to the strengthening of Practical Action’s profile as an impactful knowledge broker. You will be part of a small specialist publishing company, which is an integral part of the wider Practical Action organisation, and will help us drive content commissions and publishing impact.
In this exciting role you will oversee the acquisition process and budgeting of all of Practical Action Publishing’s growing published content, from liaison with authors and editors to the point at which final digital files or printed publications are completed and published.
Tasks include: representing the company on editorial matters externally and taking responsibility for contracting new work - commissioning and responding to new proposals received; developing existing contacts with authors, editors and co-publishing organisational representatives; managing the peer review system; researching new areas for publishing, new proposals and new editions of existing works; and contracting and client managing authors, editors and publication sponsors.
Critical to the success of the role will be the ability to engage, communicate, and build relationships with authors, editors, partner publishers, academic institutions and international NGOs.
You are a committed and creative individual with substantive experience working in a professional publishing environment, specifically in a commissioning and/or acquiring new publishable content role.
You will also have immaculate English language skills; confidence in building relationships and communicating with a wide range of people, whether that is in writing or verbally, with the ability to pay close attention to detail.
Ideally you will have publishing project management experience, preferably with specific technical or international development studies subject knowledge and experience of working with international development organisations.
This is a real opportunity to further develop your expertise and profile in professional publishing in an international development arena.
Why join us?
The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values driven and highly engaged colleagues, work life balance and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work.
In addition, we offer the following benefits:
• Flexible working hours - full time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.
• We operate an agile flexible working policy, where flexible working hours are enabled as well as remote working depending on the role.
• 26 days holiday in addition to public holidays.
• A pension scheme that new employees can join from day one of employment – (rules apply) employer contributes 10.5% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.
• Life assurance (3 x annual salary).
• Bike to Work scheme.
Practical Action Publishing are an independent publishing company and an integral part of an international development organisation, Practical Action, putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.
We’re part of a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.
Practical Action helps people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.
Practical Action believe that having a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture based on respect will enable us to be an effective organisation. We seek to create an inclusive workplace in which people are accepted as individuals, regardless of their differences and where they feel their contribution is valued. We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.
Practical Action are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal checks and terrorist financing.
Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.
The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in the UK.
Closing date for applications: 20th January 2022
Interview dates: January-February 2022
Start date: February-March 2022
We can only accept CV's with an attached supporting statement