Special Sales Executive

Ref#: 32261
CBS Business Unit: Simon & Schuster
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: London, United Kingdom

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.

Simon & Schuster is one of the most successful global publishers in the World with a strong UK presence. Our list includes best-selling brand authors such as Philippa Gregory and Santa Montefiore, along with literary best-sellers such as Graham Swift, Joseph Kannon and Tom Rob Smith. Our diverse non-fiction list ranges from number one best-sellers Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run and Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret,  to award winning sports books, global best-selling You tubers and critically acclaimed non-fiction such as Laura Bates and Hunter Davies.

Our children’s list is one of the fastest growing and most innovative children’s lists in the UK, the winner of many prestigious awards with strong sales. The list includes bestselling brand authors Cassandra Clare, Danny Wallace, Rachel Renee Russell and Jo Nesbo. Stars on the picture book list include the Underpants series by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, award-winner Benji Davies and bestselling picture books by Sue Hendra and Sara Ogilvie. 

Job Profile: 

We have an exciting vacancy for a sales executive to join our fast-paced and dynamic team. Reporting to the Special Sales Director, you will work across a large number of the UK’s special sales retailers and wholesalers, including major gift, museums and galleries, audio, religious and MBS specialists selling in fiction, non-fiction, children’s, client and distributed titles.

Your Role:  

You will have responsibility for managing and growing sales into a wide variety of special sales accounts and helping to create strategies for growth within the territory.  Taking into account the ever changing retail landscape, you will help to identify growth opportunities and new customers to target, and tailor product /create bespoke product to meet the needs of those customers.  You will be responsible for managing all aspects of your accounts, for minimizing returns and negotiating discounts in order to both deliver sales targets and protect company profitability.  Along with the Special Sales Director, you will be a key contact for the territory within the wider Sales Team and company, liaising clearly with other departments and providing excellent market and competitor feedback in order to inform both book acquisition and jacket design decisions.  You will also be responsible for liaising with our distributor and warehousing facility to ensure that logistics of delivery requirements are adhered to and correct prices are invoiced.

Candidate Profile:

We are looking for a driven individual with a passion for books. Experience and an understanding of the publishing process would give you an advantage. You will have an eye for detail and a proven understanding of sales techniques and process, margins and profits. Your ability to grow and build customer relationships should be second to none and you should have strong interpersonal and presentation skills.  You should always be willing to take on new challenges, be flexible and determined to succeed. You will have a prowess for multi-tasking and innovative thinking and be able to work on your own and as part of a team. A creative flair and knowledge of PowerPoint, InDesign and Photoshop would give you an advantage.

Closing Date: Monday 22nd October 2018

Simon & Schuster UK is an equal opportunities employer committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse workforce. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
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