Editor (maternity cover)

  • Full-time

Company Description

Taylor & Francis is one of the world’s largest publishers of high-quality, peer reviewed scholarly journals, books, e-books and reference works. We empower learners, thinkers and doers with trusted knowledge that advances research and enriches lives. We bring together diverse people, ideas and opinions to validate and publish the experts, theories and truths that matter. And we’ve been doing this in an unbroken arc since 1798.  

Our purpose is to foster human progress through knowledge.  We strongly believe that this requires us to encourage and examine different ideas and voices, so that any work that meets our exacting levels of quality deserves to be included in our publications. This requires open minds, the opportunity for robust debate, and the courage to defend perspectives that stand up to scrutiny, even if they conflict with our personal beliefs or values. Because that’s the only way to find the best obtainable version of the truth and, ultimately, foster human progress. If you agree, then we’d love to hear from you.

What we offer in return:


  • An excellent work/life balance with a fantastic, flexible working culture
  • 25 days annual leave per year plus a day off for your birthday 
  • 3 additional discretionary days off during the holiday season at the end of the year 
  • 4 paid volunteering days each year 
  • Company funded single cover private medical insurance  
  • Employee assistance programme – offering 24/7 well-being support 
  • Share Match – Plan that matches every share purchased with two free shares. 
  • Pension scheme 
  • Life assurance, plus optical and medical care

Job Description

Closing Date: 24th May 2024

This role is offered on a maternity cover basis of up to 12 months. This role is open to candidates based in the UK and you must have the right to live and work in the UK.

This role will be worked predominantly from home with regular attendance at our office in Milton Park, Oxforshire. 

Routledge/Taylor and Francis has an exciting fixed-term maternity cover vacancy for the position of Editor on its Classics list. This is an excellent opportunity to build on your commissioning experience and progress your career.  

The successful candidate will continue to grow the list by developing a strong commissioning strategy in line with overall team objectives. We are looking for a candidate who can grow each subject area, meet demanding signings and manuscript handover targets, as well as exploring and commissioning Open Access publishing opportunities for the list.

The successful applicant should possess strong commercial awareness, excellent networking skills and a collegiate attitude towards the sharing of projects and ideas. The ability to deliver revenue growth is essential.

The position involves the proactive commissioning of a full range of text types (including professional texts, textbooks, handbooks and supplementary books) across a range of interdisciplinary topics.

The opportunity will involve:

  • Commissioning new books both through existing contacts and generating new leads
  • Managing contracted titles to schedule and to budget
  • Liaising with internal and external colleagues to further the success of the list
  • Representing Routledge at conferences and other events
  • Working with an Editorial Assistants based in India and the UK


  • A confident self-starter who can work quickly and independently, while liaising effectively with team members globally.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, be highly organized, detail-oriented, and have a financial focus and ability to budget and analyse financial data, as well as the ability to prioritise a varied workload under pressure.
  • Strong word processing, spreadsheet, and database skills.
  • Previous experience of book commissioning in academic publishing and familiarity with the academic book publishing process
  • A thorough understanding of current market trends and competitor activity to inform decisions on product and concept development
  • A commercial mindset and awareness of customer needs for both textbook, research and professional publishing.
  • Creative thinking and excellent use of initiative
  • Proven ability to work with internal stakeholders to resolve conflicts and overcome obstacle

Additional Information

Closing date for applications: 24th May 2024

You must have the right to live and work in the UK.

Applications are shortlisted on a rolling basis, and we will be shortlisting alongside advertising. We, therefore, encourage you to apply at the earliest opportunity. 

Training And Professional Development:

We’re passionate about ensuring you have all the tools and resources at your fingertips to reach your short and long-term career goals. We’ll support you in your journey by working together on your own bespoke Taylor & Francis Development Plan, ensuring you have the resources, tools, support and coaching that will get you where you want to be.

Interview process:

Once you have submitted your application, we may get in touch with you for an initial screening conversation or ask you to complete a short video interview to enable us to better understand your skills, experience, and motivation. Following this, you will be invited to attend a competency-based interview, either virtually or in person. Typically, we’d then finish the interview process with a final, 2nd stage interview before extending an offer to the successful applicant.

We want all our candidates to shine in our recruitment process. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to ensure you are able to show us your best self. This could include having the application form in a different format, more time for questions, or anything else – please ask us, we are happy to be flexible! Please contact [email protected]

Being ‘you’ at Taylor and Francis:

Here at Taylor & Francis, we know that many times the 'perfect candidate' doesn't exist, and that people can feel discouraged about applying for a job if they don't fit all the requirements. We encourage you to apply if you're excited about working for us and have some of the skills or experience we're looking for. We believe in the notion that many skills and experiences are transferrable, and you could be just what we need! Taylor & Francis is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly believe in the value of diversity of people and thought. We strive to foster a supportive and inclusive environment where our colleagues can learn, develop, and succeed, all while feeling comfortable with being their true self. We embrace all walks of life regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, veteran status, citizenship, or any other protected characteristic under local law.

We genuinely care about our colleagues, promoting work-life balance, wellbeing, and flexible working. We believe that the skills and experience you bring to Taylor & Francis are invaluable. We want you to have the opportunity to develop your abilities, and to innovate and develop in areas which you are passionate about. To find out more about our business and the great career opportunities please go to our Careers Site: http://www.taylorandfrancisgroup.com/careers

Or better yet check out our LinkedIn ‘Life’ Page, highlighting our accomplishments, employees, and company culture. It’s also a good way of meeting our recruitment team, who will be happy to advise you on your journey here at T&F.


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