Commissioning Editor, Global Content & Methodologies

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Date: Jul 11, 2024

Location: Madrid, ES

Company: Springer Nature Group


About Springer Nature Group

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

Company: Macmillan Education

Location: Madrid, Spain – Hybrid Working Model

Closing date: 18th July 2024. 


Shortlisting will take place during July. If you are selected, Talent Attraction will contact you to arrange a first HR interview, which will be held the week of 5th August. These dates are due to vacation periods that prevent us from conducting interviews earlier.


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:


Market awareness/research


  • Work with relevant stakeholders to schedule and plan market research in line with the publishing plan.
  • Conduct market research to ensure the project meets the publishing vision and Macmillan business needs.
  • Keep up to date with other publishers’ material with a view to their potential impact on the publishing plan.


Content/material development (print/digital)


  • Work with relevant stakeholders to schedule and plan projects effectively.
  • Develop the concept and framework of the materials in liaison with the Publisher and Portfolio teams.
  • Identify appropriate contributors and initiate and develop proposals in line with the publishing vision.
  • 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.
  • Communicate content development detail to the project manager.
  • 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
  • Formal ELT/TEFL qualification
  • At least 3 years English language teaching experience
  • Demonstrable ELT publishing experience at project leadership level
  • Proven track record of successful ELT/EFL product development
  • Experience of working with a range of new media
  • Experience of successful team-working
  • Innovative thinking
  • Knowledge of ELT markets and segments
  • Appreciation for a wide international range of teaching and learning situations
  • Excellent written English
  • An ability to work to tight deadlines and to manage numerous tasks
  • Understanding of publishing technologies
  • Knowledge of a second language
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • A working understanding of content management systems
  • A positive attitude and commitment to aims of the company
  • Excellent team-working and organisational skills


At Springer Nature, we value the diversity of our teams and work to build an inclusive culture, where people are treated fairly and can bring their differences to work and thrive. We empower our colleagues and value their diverse perspectives as we strive to attract, nurture and develop the very best talent. Springer Nature was awarded Diversity Team of the Year at the 2022 British Diversity Awards. Find out more about our DEI work here


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