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Editor - General Trade Books & Guidebooks


Job Description

SummaryYou'll play a key part in the Publishing team. You'll be responsible for commissioning and project managing new guidebooks and will assist the Publishing Manager with managing the guidebooks programme. You'll also be responsible for working with our publishing partner to project edit new trade titles. You'll help develop the presence of books and guidebooks on the National Trust's website.

This post is based in Heelis (Swindon) but colleagues have recently been working from home due to Covid-19 restrictions. Once Heelis re-opens we will return to working mainly from the office but there will be an opportunity to explore and agree remote working arrangements which strike the right balance for you and the Trust.

What it's like to work here

We're bigger than you think, we're more complicated than we appear and we're larger scale than you'd imagine. We've got passionate people in all our teams, and we've got so much more we want to achieve. We're for ever, for everyone and we really mean that. We don't want to stop at 5.5 million members and we want everyone to feel welcome and enjoy access to our places, so we need to reach new audiences in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them without losing the hearts and minds of those that are already with us.

Our central head office Heelis, is situation in Swindon, Wiltshire. We're well place, with ample parking nearby, a shopping outlet with plenty of options for places to eat, and the town centre only a 10 minute walk away. Alternatively you can enjoy our open plan atrium space for lunch times, with our internal café available every day.

What you'll be doing

In this role you'll be:

  • Maintaining brand standards, producing first-class guidebooks that properties are proud to sell and that set a standard within the industry
  • Assisting the Publishing Manager to manage the new guidebooks programme, including identifying potential new projects
  • Working with our external publishing partner and Publishing Manager to project edit new trade books to a set timeframe and high editorial standard
  • Working with key stakeholders to ensure new trade titles reflect strategic priorities and consistency of messaging across the Trust
  • Taking responsibility for the National Trust Books blog, including commissioning and writing articles, and uploading them using the National Trust's CMS system, with the aim of increasing visibility of books and guidebooks and growing sales
  • Answering queries about guidebooks and publishing and representing the publishing team when necessary
  • Accountable for your own personal development through the Performance and Development Review process and seeking out opportunities to learn new skills

Please also read the full role profile attached to this advert.

Who we're looking for

To be successful in this role you will have

• Editorial experience in a commercial publishing environment

• The ability to prioritise tasks and manage your own time

• Excellent communication skills both verbal and written

• Excellent attention to detail

• Demonstrable experience of working with a range of stakeholders and of building successful relationships with a range of people

• Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant experience

The package

Benefits for working at the National Trust:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Discounts in high street stores, cinemas, National Trust properties and cafes.
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Generous annual leave
  • Subsidised health cash plan
  • Free 24-hour support service
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Training & Development tailored to you
  • Up to 5 days of paid volunteering for you.

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