Commissioning Editor, Global Content & Methodologies

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Date: Jul 11, 2024

Location: London, GB

Company: Springer Nature Group


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Macmillan Education provides world-class content in the most relevant, engaging and flexible formats to support students, teachers and institutions in lifelong learning. Visit and follow @MacmillanEducation / @MacmillanELT

Job Title: Commissioning Editor, Global Content and Methodologies, Language Learning

Location: London – Hybrid working model 


About the role


The role of the Commissioning Editor is to work closely with the Publisher for Global Content and Methodologies, to develop and implement frameworks for global methodologies and generic content across all portfolios: pre-primary & primary, secondary, and adult.


Role Responsibilities:

  • Schedule, plan and conduct market research in line with the publishing plan, ensuring project meets publishing vision and Macmillan business needs
  • Schedule and plan projects, developing concept and framework of the materials in liaison with the Publisher and Portfolio teams.
  • Identify appropriate contributors and initiate and develop proposals
  • Commission and work with authors and contributors in the development of material which follows the brief.
  • Work with the content development team to evaluate materials in terms of the project specification.
  • Brief external and internal content developers on project specification, tasks, schedules and ways of working.
  • Negotiate and administer content development contracts, with support from Editorial Services.
  • Understand segment digital requirements and feed into the digital roadmap as appropriate.
  • Make full use of in-house and external content development resources to ensure timely publication.
  • Ensure all company content development procedures and best-practice guidelines are observed.
  • With the Publisher, prepare costings, forecasts, specifications and business case to be sent for P&L approval.


Experience, Skills & Qualifications:


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent, with a formal ELT/TEFL qualification
  • Solid English language teaching experience and knowledge of ELT markets and segments
  • Demonstrable ELT publishing experience at project leadership level with a proven track record of successful ELT/EFL product development
  • Experience of working with a range of new media and understanding of publishing technologies and content management systems
  • A positive and flexible approach with the ability to think innovatively
  • Appreciation for a wide international range of teaching and learning situations
  • An ability to work to tight deadlines and to manage numerous tasks
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including outstanding written English
  • Excellent team-working and organisational skills



  • Knowledge of a second language


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