Publishing Director, Brands and Media

Publishing Director, Brands and Media


Macmillan Children's Books


Pan Macmillan ( is one of the largest general book publishers in the UK, with imprints including Macmillan, Mantle, Tor, Pan, Picador, Macmillan Collector’s Library, Bluebird, Macmillan Children's Books, Campbell Books, Two Hoots and Kingfisher. Pan Macmillan is part of Macmillan Publishing International Limited.


An exciting new role has been created to head up our new Brands and Media list area, and offers a unique opportunity for you to be part of the next chapter of growth at Macmillan Children’s Books. 

This role will suit you if you are a highly motivated individual who can demonstrate a successful track record in the acquisition of licensed publishing and/or building publishing-based brands across the whole range of formats and markets. With a strong interest in and an understanding of the wider world of children’s brands and media, you will be asked to drive the commissioning and acquisition of brands and media properties as well as managing the continued growth of our existing stable of highly successful titles and series. 

The ideal candidate will have at least 7 years’ previous experience in Licensed Publishing and/or Picture Book, Novelty and Activity and Gifting. 

What’s important to us is finding someone with the commercial and creative skills to lead us to the next stage of growth on the Brands and Media list, and the practical skills to make it happen. 

The successful applicant will: 
● Have a broad knowledge of, and interest in, the children’s book market and beyond 
● Be able to demonstrate a creative and commercial approach to publishing 
● Have a proven track record in acquisition of licensed publishing and/or building publishing-based brands 
● Be able to create and deliver titles to budget and critical path 
● Have experience of managing creative teams 
● Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and maintain strong working relationships with the wider Editorial and Design teams, Production, Sales, Rights, Communications and Marketing teams 
● Be numerate, and data and systems literate 

Description of the department: Macmillan Children’s Books, which includes imprints Campbell Books, Kingfisher and Two Hoots, is a highly successful and prize-winning publisher of books for children from babies to young adults. The appointed candidate will report to the Publisher: Brands, Preschool, Classics, Two Hoots - Macmillan Children’s Books, and will work within a first-class team of 
makers of illustrated books including picture books, preschool, novelty and activity, gift, and heritage classic titles 

The key tasks of the role will include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • ●Creating new ideas and formats on existing author and illustrator-led publishing
  • ● Make new acquisitions that are commercially astute and profitable
  • ●Management of creative team
  • ●Managing and working directly on titles within the Brands and Media list 


This role is based in our office in Farringdon.

To apply, please submit your named CV and named covering letter confirming your current salary and notice period, quoting reference PAN/002/20 via email to [email protected]


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Closing date: 19th January 2020


All applicants must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in the UK in order to be considered for the vacancy.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to everyone. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted for the position.