Job Vacancy: Commissioning Editor

Posted on April 26, 2018 by Anthony Cond

Widely recognized for its progressive and energetic approach to publishing, Liverpool University Press (LUP) is an award-winning scholarly publisher, producing 100 books every year and 28 academic journals. The Press has grown significantly in recent years and is located in a beautifully refurbished Georgian townhouse on the edge of the University of Liverpool campus.

LUP is now seeking a Commissioning Editor / Senior Commissioning Editor to join the books editorial team.  Ideally, the editor will have experience of acquiring in the fields of Medieval Studies or Literary Studies but we will consider applicants with commissioning experience in other fields published by the Press such as Classics, History or Modern Languages.  The appointment level as Commissioning Editor or Senior Commissioning Editor will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful candidate.

The Commissioning Editor / Senior Commissioning Editor will undertake the following duties:

  • Commission at least 30 books per annum across the appropriate list(s);
  • Identify new publishing projects and manage the subsequent process, including peer review, costing, and negotiation of contracts;
  • Research new publishing opportunities and formats, including digital and open access projects;
  • Act as an ambassador for LUP at academic conferences and through university campus visits;
  • Contribute to the LUP Editorial Advisory Board (the body of scholars that approves LUP proposals for publication);
  • Supply marketing, sales and production colleagues with appropriate information in a timely fashion;
  • Such other activities related to books publication as may be considered necessary.


Person specification

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a minimum of 2 years (Commissioning Editor) or 5 years (Senior Commissioning Editor) experience in academic book acquisitions;
  • Possess demonstrable experience of networking with potential authors and reviewers and the confidence to represent LUP at a range of events;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of current issues and pressures in the publishing industry and in higher education;
  • Show enthusiasm and the confidence to contribute to a lively and ambitious team.


Benefits include 30 days holiday plus Bank Holidays, excellent pension scheme and great colleagues.

To apply please email a CV, details of two referees (who will only be contacted in the event of a job offer), and a covering letter to:

Alison Welsby, Editorial Director,


Closing Date: Friday May 11th

Interview Date: Tuesday 22nd May (there may be a second interview if necessary)

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