HarperCollins Publishers

  • Managing Editor

    Job Locations US-TN-Nashville
    Managing Editorial
  • Overview

    The Managing Editor oversees process flow for identified opportunities through production planning and finished products, builds extensive global experience to use judgment to plan projects and accomplish publishing goals, interfaces with all HarperCollins Christian Publishing editorial, marketing, and creative team members, as well as shared service areas of the company, to create and update best tools, processes, and practices.  Serves as project manager and works with the associate publisher in assigning projects to editors.


    Essential Responsibilities:

    • Serve the publisher on departmental processes, book production, scheduling, and financial decisions. 
    • Provide early insight, assessing and reporting risks and minimizing exposure to help inform decision making, planning, and execution on departmental processes maximizing opportunities and minimizing challenges
    • Develop and document viable production and publishing plans with all key stakeholders
    • Serve as project manager, ensuring timely deliverables and accurate key performance indicator status reports are completed.
    • Participate in weekly Managing Editorial Meetings gleaning training and information related to process, systems, and data
    • Set up projects/ISBNs with viable production plans 
    • Execute project plans and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements to meet or increase budget expectations
    • Manage resources across multiple projects, assisting associate publisher in assigning projects to editors
    • Mitigate team conflict and communication problems 
    • Ensure project documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately  
    • Motivate team to work together and stay focused on mission/vision 
    • Keep track of lessons learned  
    • Facilitate team meetings effectively 
    • Communicate relevant project information to leadership effectively
    • Resolve and/or escalate issues in a timely manner, providing first-response, fast-resolution, results-oriented problem solving 
    • Communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully 
    • Manage P&L (APL) development, approval, and processing, and facilitate high-advance requests
    • Facilitate and track contract request forms (CRF), adhering to approval and process standards 
    • Build and maintain cross-departmental, business-vertical and service-department relationships and processes for planning, collaboration, and communication 
    • Create and manage RSuite workflows to ensure effective manuscript flow and task indicators 
    • Manage cross-vertical HCCP acquisition offers, ensuring buy-in from key stakeholders
    • Provide early communication for inventory planning and stock needs for marketing and PR opportunities 
    • Facilitate transitions of Nelson Books, Lucado, NEXT, and HarperCollins Leadership titles to POD 
    • Manage and ensure data integrity
    • Manage publishing group projects and initiatives/programs as assigned


    Knowledge: Advanced use of Microsoft office required.  High level of proficiency required with Excel spreadsheets. 


    Work Experience:  Minimum 5 years project management experience, work experience in publishing/editorial project management preferred.     


    Education: Bachelor’s degree required. 


    Industry Knowledge: Clear understanding of the publishing industry, editorial practices, and publishing operations preferred.



    • Quickly learn new software applications and maintain awareness of new and emerging technologies
    • Ability to learn and use project management software, Microsoft Project system, MDM, RSuite, Telescope, DocuShare
    • Excellent written communication skills
    • Proven project management and organizational skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Proven spelling and proofreading skills
    • Above average knowledge of English grammar
    • Able to distill numerous pieces of information and communicate key points to others

    Additional Skills:

    • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, manage resources across multiple projects, and meet deadlines
    • Ability to anticipate needs, plan ahead, and effectively encourage planning ahead
    • Team player with ability to facilitate effective team meetings
    • Global thinker
    • Ability to relate to and empathize with others, mitigating team conflict and communication problems
    • Flexible and ready to respond to new opportunities
    • Meticulous attention to detail
    • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and problem solve
    • Self-motivated and highly productive
    • Able to represent HarperCollins Christian Publishing and HarperCollins Focus well with authors and vendors

    HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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