What you’ll be doing

  • You will be a key member of our team as you help to shape the future of the Headline Home list and drive further growth.
  • You will commission and publish unmissable non-fiction titles with a lifestyle focus.
  • You’ll be looking at UK and global market trends, spotting potential ideas for books as well as developing your own, maintaining external contacts and exploring innovative ways to reach new readers.
  • Working alongside the Publishing Director, you will be responsible for attracting exciting new talent, bringing books to market with creativity and ambition, and expanding the range of our commissioning.
  • You will be an ambassador for the list, with outstanding author care, working closely with internal and external stakeholders to champion Headline Home books and authors.

Who we are looking for

Are you an ambitious, ideas-driven non-fiction editor?

Can you spot a lifestyle trend before anyone else?

Headline is seeking a pro-active, ideas-led, ambitious and energetic senior commissioning editor who is available for ten months to cover maternity leave. With good project editing skills under your belt already, you will have the freedom to commission across a wide-range of lifestyle subject areas including food and cookery, health and well-being, parenting, self-help and personal development.

We are looking for an experienced editor who is motivated by success, brimming with energy and ideas, and excited about working with our Marketing, Publicity and Sales teams to drive their books on to the bestseller lists.

If you have a successful track record for pairing original ideas with talented writers and a knack for spotting the latest market trends and acting on them quickly, we want to hear from you.

Reporting to the Publishing Director at Headline Home you will have complete ownership over your stable of authors from acquisition to publication, and will work with departments across the business to drive the physical, digital and audio strategy for each of your projects. You will be proactive and business-minded with excellent contacts and strong negotiation skills.

You will be joining a friendly, committed team of skilled editorial and publishing colleagues who think big and share our ambition for our authors, our publishing and what we can achieve together.

You will ideally be starting on January 30th 2023.

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 community days per year, many employee networks to join, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

The role will be based at our London office, Carmelite House, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

Headline has spent over three decades creating bestsellers and our passion for the commercial means we are home to some of the UK’s biggest-selling authors and we continue to invest in exciting new talent.

Headline Home is a lifestyle imprint with a focus on food and cookery, health and wellbeing, parenting, self-help, personal development and trend-led lifestyle titles. We publish books that guide and advise – offering practical solutions for everyday life; books which speak to real people about real issues.

Our authors include bestselling household names like Raymond Blanc, Mary Berry and Nadiya Hussain, celebrated food writers like Sophie Grigson and Olivia Potts, as well as experts in their field, such as Dr Sanjay Gupta, author of Keep Sharp, and broadcaster and award-winning violinist Clemency Burton-Hill, author of the Year of Wonder books. We are proud to publish the Marine Conservation Society’s How to Live Plastic Free as well as Lauren Bravo’s thought-provoking How to Break Up with Fast Fashion, Dr Karen Gurney’s insightful book on sexual desire, called Mind the Gap and Tiktok star Ann Russell with her incredibly helpful guide called How to Clean Everything.

Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking junior roles. For more information visit www.booktradeentrysupport.org


£35,000 – £40,000, dependent on experience (+bonus + benefits)

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