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Senior Editor
HBR Group
Full Time
Brighton, MA
9/7/2018
JO-1809-1282

Harvard Business Review (HBR) is the world’s most influential source of management ideas and an innovative multiplatform media brand. Through its flagship magazine, books, and digital content and tools published on HBR.org, HBR aims to provide professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to help lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact. 

Reporting to the Editorial Director, HBR Press, a senior editor builds and manages a balanced editorial portfolio that contributes to the growth of a world-class publishing program and to the enduring value of the brand. Success depends on the individual’s ability to identify, sign, and develop books that meet our quality standards, forward our mission, and often possess high sales and licensing potential; to identify and develop ideas for different areas of acquisition, product development, and strategic partnering that contribute to the Press’ content portfolio and HBRG cross-platform initiatives; to exercise superior editorial judgment, negotiation skills, fiscal prudence, and market acumen; to communicate effectively each project’s main themes, customer benefits, and market position; to collaborative with colleagues across the Press, HBRG, and the Company; and to manage professional relationships and author expectations. 

Upon request and under the direction of the Press’ Editorial Director, senior editors may oversee special projects and represent the Press on Company-wide initiatives. 


Key Responsibilities: 

Sign at least 8-10 original titles per fiscal year by exercising sound editorial and financial judgment in core beats, focusing on books with enduring value and influence, and leveraging cross-platform product opportunities. Maintain a robust leads list and proposal pipeline, and a vibrant network of thought leaders in our core publishing areas. 

Develop projects on time and in accordance with our quality standards and other specifications to optimize each project’s potential for sales and impact. 

Collaborate with other Press and HBRG editors to build a robust and high-quality publishing program through participation in Editorial Board discussions, departmental and cross-departmental activities and team meetings. 

Work with colleagues across HBRG to pitch and develop book-related content for HBR and HBR.org. Identify and develop ideas on other platforms that have book potential. 

Manage author relationships effectively to ensure that authors and their entourages are fully informed of our editorial, marketing, and sales processes, their expectations are appropriately set, and their responsibilities in each phase of the publishing process are clear. 

Collaborate with colleagues in marketing, sales, and publicity to help formulate marketing strategies appropriate for each project in order to achieve sales targets of individual titles. 

Work with others at the Press and across HBRG to identify and assess new publishing opportunities, such as new acquisitions areas, products, and cross-platform initiatives. 

Support the professional development of junior staff.

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