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Editorial Director/Publisher, Ladybird Licensing (Maternity Cover)

Penguin Random House
Licensor / Publisher
On Application
Maternity Cover
London, UK

Do you want to publish 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 an Editorial Director or Publisher who is excited to discover and acquire the very best properties from all strands of children’s entertainment – TV and film, apps, YouTube, toys, personalities and beyond.

Reporting to the Ladybird Publishing Director, you’ll be responsible for the in-bound licensing strategy and acquisition. You’ll be confident in articulating your proposals and enjoy negotiating deals as well as building and managing excellent relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Some international travel may be required.

This role would suit someone with children’s licensing experience and a creative and commercial awareness about how to publish in the smartest, most profitable way, including generating proposals in-house. You’ll be a keen networker with an international outlook and an instinctive eye for properties that will translate to all of our storytelling formats.

You’ll manage and support your editorial team to move books quickly through the editorial process, from concept and acquisition through to design, production to publication. You’ll work closely with the Ladybird Education and Trade teams to collaboratively support each other’s strategies and lists too.

If this sounds like your perfect next step, please apply HERE with your CV and covering letter, explaining which children’s preschool brand feels like a good publishing opportunity to you, no later than 3rd October.