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Project editor

Project editor

ExpiresExpires: 17/05/2022
Editorial / Writing / Storytelling
Permanent position
£20,000 to £30,000 per year

Salary: £27,000 - £31,000


Bring your meticulous copy-editing skills and enthusiasm for a broad range of fiction and non-fiction titles to this role. 

Orion Books, a division of Hachette UK and winner of the British Book Awards Publisher of the Year and Imprint of the Year 2021, publishes award-winning commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction, as well as design-led gifts and games. It is home to bestselling authors including Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Erica James, Gillian Flynn, Adam Kay, Candice Carty-Williams, Fearne Cotton and the Hairy Bikers.

You will work on a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles, preparing manuscripts for production after they are handed over by the commissioning editor. You will commission freelancers, liaise with authors, handle legal reports and sensitivity reads, clear permissions, check book covers and work closely with in-house departments. Titles will come from a range of our imprints, including W&N, Phoenix, White Rabbit, Orion Spring, Seven Dials and Trapeze. This is a non-commissioning role.


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Meticulous copy-editing and proofreading skills are essential
  • have excellent organisational skills
  • You must be a proactive multitasker
  • A good communicator
  • Show confidence dealing with colleagues both internally and externally
  • We are looking for candidates with a proven track record of trade project editing

Please note, we're currently recruiting for this role in one of the following Hachette UK office locations: London, Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester or Edinburgh.

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 and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds. If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking junior roles. For more information visit

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Closing date: 16th May 2022 at midnight 

Years of experience

  • Mid-Level

Salary range

  • £20,000 to £30,000 per year