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Rights Executive, Children's in London at HARPERCOLLINS

Date Posted: 7/4/2018

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Job Description

HarperCollins is one of the UK's foremost, diverse and innovative multi-platform publishers. We publish a wide range of books, from cutting-edge contemporary fiction, to block-busting thrillers and from fantasy literature to children's literature and enduring classics. We also publish a great selection of non-fiction titles, including history, celebrity memoirs, biographies, popular science, dictionaries, maps, reference titles and education books, and our digital business is thriving. With nearly 200 years of history, we publish some of the world's foremost authors, from Nobel prize-winners to worldwide bestsellers. In addition, we also publish the works of Agatha Christie, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Our Children's rights team are looking for a Rights Executive to join their team. The successful candidate will be working in a small and busy Rights Department, reporting to the Head of Rights, Children's. The role of the Rights Executive is to manage sales in a number of key international markets as well as providing full administrative support to the Head of Rights on USA and translation co-edition and rights sales.


  • Sell translation rights and co-editions across Picture books, Fiction and Properties lists
  • To meet and exceed department sales budgets in each given fiscal
  • Provide full support to the Head of Rights on all USA and translation co-edition and rights sales
  • Provide monthly sales updates on all territories
  • Work with Head of Rights and Rights Manager to establish and coordinate profitable co-edition print runs
  • Work with Head of Rights to monitor rights income payments
  • Attend Bologna, Frankfurt and London book fairs as well as additional sales trips to key territories
  • Provide projected international sales figures for each territory on acquisition of new projects
  • Maintain, develop and increase customer and market knowledge and introduce new business and contacts
  • Undertake admin duties
  • Creating and updating rights guides for the book fairs

Key Skills/Experience

  • Solid grounding and demonstrable previous experience operating in publishing Rights, including negotiations and drafting contracts
  • Solid experience working with co-edition and four-colour titles
  • Experience of working towards deadlines and sales targets with the ability to prioritise and manage workload
  • Ability to communicate confidently at all levels, both in writing and verbally
  • Impeccable organisational skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Communicative with strong rapport-building and interfacing skills
  • Ability to deliver presentations confidently and in a professional manner
  • Good awareness of contract content
  • Sound negotiation skills
  • MS Skills: Word, Powerpoint and Excel proficient
  • Outgoing and enthusiastic
  • Practical and flexible
  • Ability to deliver to targets and deadlines
  • Ability to work autonomously and in a team environment
  • Proactive attitude and approach
  • Capable of working effectively under pressure
  • Great personal time management
  • Genuine interest in Children's books

We're based in the News Building which we share with our News UK and Dow Jones colleagues in the newly-established London Bridge Quarter, opposite the famous Borough Market. Our new open-plan office has amazing views across London, and includes a variety of break-out areas to aid inspiration and a collaborative approach, a multi-media suite, and a fabulous canteen floor and book shop.

Please apply via the link below with your CV, cover letter and salary expectations. Early applications may be prioritised.

Please note: We consider all applicants based on their skills, experience and ability to do the job. We do not unfairly discriminate on the basis of convictions or other personal information. We do require candidates to undergo employment screening in accordance with the relevant local legislation. This will only happen at the point an offer of employment is made.

Overview of HarperCollins

Our mission at HarperCollins is to harness the power of great publishing and to amplify it through world class marketing, global strength, and relentless innovation. We are all working towards the same goal, and we do it guided by what matters most to us. The culture at HarperCollins is defined by our six values, which inform our everyday actions and the way we behave. From Finance to Editorial, our values shape the way we work.

PUTTING OUR AUTHORS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING. Their success is our first concern.

WORKING TOGETHER. Sharing responsibility, helping colleagues, listening well, embracing difference, and enjoying what we do.

LEARNING & ADAPTING. Taking smart risks, learning from experience without blame and being both curious and willing to change.

LOOKING OUT AS WELL AS IN. Understanding the consumer, the marketplace and the competitive environment.

LEADING NOT FOLLOWING. Staying ahead, looking to the future, being bold and always aiming to be the best.

INTEGRITY IN ALL WE DO. Timely, open and honest communication, being fair, principled and respectful.


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