Senior Editor

Ref#: 32115
CBS Business Unit: Simon & Schuster
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: New York, NY, US

About Us:
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom.

The Senior editor is responsible for the timely development of high-quality commercial books (and other content assets), for a new imprint that is being launched. The Senior Editor will oversee the editorial workflow, from ideation and production to distribution and analysis and will collaborate with the Cultural Intelligence, Operations, Marketing and Design teams to generate book ideas and pursue them.  


        Identify, develop, assign and edit titles and branded book pipelines across a range of nonfiction categories, ensuring all content is smart, original, valuable, and clean, plus aligns with the new imprint’s and Simon & Schuster’s editorial vision

        Communicate context, vision and requirements to everyone involved in a book’s creation

        Build a content repository of quality content, along with a stellar cast of smart writers and other content creators to fill that repository

        Collaborate with the Cultural Intelligence team to leverage trends and market data that will help inform title strategy and the editorial calendar

        Keep an eye on content produced by influencers and work with the Cultural Intelligence team to build relationships with these key influencers and communities

        Ensure all books and content that’s created falls within the new imprint’s area of expertise

        Build partnerships with major brands that may include sourcing and writing original content

        Find efficiencies across editorial content

        Implement keyword and other marketing strategies for all books and content

        Track and report on successes and failures, digging into why something worked or did not

        Champion all titles, both internally and externally

        Mine a backlist to identify titles worth updating and reissuing

        Develop an editorial style guide and set of best practices


        7-10 years of experience in a senior editorial role, preferably in book publishing

        A proven track record of identifying and signing up ideas and writers/authors that reflect today’s diverse and competitive marketplace

        Strong written and verbal communication skills

        Strong interpersonal and leadership qualities

        Online experience is ideal—with some exposure to UX, design, and content management systems

        Detail-oriented and deadline-driven with the ability to work under pressure. Must take initiative and work with a high level of professionalism.

        Ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously

        Excellent executive presentation skills

        Ability to summarize key findings into clear and actionable recommendations, and to interact with individuals at all levels

        Highly motivated with the desire to grow within the organization

        Ability to integrate and execute in a matrixed, team-oriented, open and collaborative environment

        A strong interest in health and wellness, food, lifestyle and narrative content a plus

        Minimal Travel: Less than 10%

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