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Rights Manager (Mat Cover), Children's in London at HARPERCOLLINS

Date Posted: 7/4/2018

Job Snapshot

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 Manager (Maternity Cover) to join them. This is a key senior and strategic role in the Children's Rights Department - devising and implementing sales strategy to meet and exceed sales budgets with specific sales responsibilities for key international markets.


  • Sell translation rights across Picture books, Fiction and Properties lists to key foreign markets
  • Contribute to department strategy and fulfilment of budgetary targets
  • Liaising strategically with sister companies to ensure best placement of our titles in translation
  • Deputise for the Head of Department in all aspects of running of the Department
  • Assist the Head of Department in compiling annual co-edition and rights income budget and forecasting on a monthly basis
  • Provide monthly sales updates on all territories
  • Work with Head of Department and Executive to establish and coordinate profitable co-edition print runs
  • Attend Bologna, Frankfurt and London book fairs as well as additional sales trips to key territories
  • Represent the Rights team at various divisional meetings and pitches
  • Contribute to the acquisition process ensuring international sales potential within the publishing programme
  • Provide projected international sales figures for each territory on acquisition of new projects
  • Develop customer contacts database
  • Undertake admin duties

Key Skills/Experience

  • Demonstrable experience of working in a publishing house in Children's rights, contracts or production
  • Experience of working towards deadlines with the ability to prioritise and manage workload
  • Ability to communicate confidently at all levels, both in writing and verbally
  • Good knowledge of Word and Excel
  • Impeccable organisational skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Awareness of print production process
  • Negotiation skills
  • Enthusiastic
  • Practical and flexible
  • Proactive team member
  • Capable of working effectively under pressure
  • Great personal time management
  • Sociable with ability to network
  • Diplomatic
  • A good sense of business

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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