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Senior Editor | Insight Editions

Weldon Owen is seeking a highly creative and organized Senior Editor to join the editorial team in the Food & Drink division. This position is tasked with developing, editing, acquiring, commissioning, and producing high-quality cookbooks and other visually driven food and drink related titles. This is a fun, high-energy, high-demand environment that requires expert multi-tasking and problem-solving skills to produce the exciting titles and content that we create. Our publishing program includes a variety of products from many of the world’s largest brands and popular culture icons.


Required Qualifications

  • BA in English or a related field
  • A minimum of 4 years experience acquiring and editing books, preferably illustrated cookbooks


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead and oversee the project management of assigned books for the division
  • Develop and execute the editorial vision for assigned projects, and communicate that vision to design, production, sales, marketing, and other editorial staff
  • Plan, coordinate, and manage the work product of assigned editorial staff, including freelancers and contractors, to ensure quality control and timeliness of projects
  • Review and manage P/Ls
  • Partner and coordinate with the sales department and write B2B and B2C copy, and ensure all sales materials are provided on time
  • Oversee, proof, and edit the quality control and approval of editorial content
  • Maintain accurate schedules, budgets, and specs, and track changes for all assigned projects
  • Prepare, champion, and present titles at internal acquisitions, launch, and sales meetings
  • Conduct market research, identify market opportunities, and draft book proposals
  • Participate in weekly scheduling and development meetings, accurately reporting status of assigned projects
  • Develop, manage, and cultivate ongoing and new vendor and partner relationships
  • Provide technical support and suggestions to design team as needed
  • Create and develop innovative solutions for the prevention or management of schedule delays and budget overruns
  • Coordinate traffic and delivery of proofs to internal or external clients
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proven knowledge of fundamental editorial disciplines and processes
  • Highly proficient in editing books; proficiency with illustrated books is preferred
  • Expert skills in copyediting
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, manage resources across multiple projects, and meet tight deadlines
  • Knowledge and understanding with the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Highly motivated, productive, and detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills
  • Strong knowledge of publishing processes and formats
  • Ability to mentor and guide editorial talent, prioritize work and resources, and provide timely and clear critical feedback
  • Strong knowledge of book manufacturing
  • Effective presentation skills and communication abilities in both internal and external situations, including corporate leadership, brand partners, digital agencies, and internal departments
  • Highly proficient with project management
  • Highly proficient problem solving in a fast-paced environment
  • Advanced or Expert proficiency with the following computer applications and operations systems:
    • Mac OS
    • Adobe Acrobat Professional
    • MS Office Suite
    • Filemaker
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure and to remain focused on goals while navigating unforeseen changes and critical feedback
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Highly detail-oriented, organized, and able to prioritize projects and meet deadlines
  • Professional demeanor and ability to interact with all levels of employees and management