Careers at Faber & Faber

 

Head of Faber Academy Faber Academy logo

Competitive salary and benefits

Closing date: 12:00pm on 22nd February 2019

Since 2009, Faber Academy has established itself as a leading voice in creative writing education and one of the UK’s leading writing schools.

Faber Academy is now looking for a creative and dynamic new Head, whose entrepreneurial spirit and passion for reading, writing and lifelong learning will build on the successes of the first ten years and shape the next decade of growth.

As Faber & Faber celebrates its 90th year, you will implement a strategy for growing Faber Academy that sits happily alongside that of one of the country’s best-loved publishing houses, identifying and pursuing new audiences with sensitivity and clarity of vision.

A self-starter brimming with ideas, you will develop new writing courses, seek out new revenue streams, and look at new ways to expand the Academy’s remit and reputation. You will work closely with other teams across Faber & Faber, including marketing and publicity, as well as the HR, buildings and IT teams. You will be responsible for setting and beating sales targets, monitoring your costs, setting marketing strategy, and line-managing a team of three direct reports.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Write a business strategy to deliver robust growth
  • Set sales targets, monitor forecasts and manage cost budgets
  • Research and develop new product lines
  • Schedule a wide programme of new courses
  • Maintain and build relationships with teaching staff
  • Manage Faber Academy’s relationship with its online course provision partners
  • Set marketing strategy and oversee sales and marketing activity
  • Stand as the key point of pastoral contact for students
  • Maintain and develop a joint venture with Australian partner
  • Line managing three direct reports, setting development targets and monitoring performance

If you are excited by this unique and rewarding role, then please send a CV (max. three pages) and a covering letter (max. two pages) to HoFA@faber.co.uk.

If you would like to arrange a short conversation about the role, email ian.ellard@faber.co.uk.

We welcome applications from any individual regardless of ethnic origin, gender, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation or age.  All applications will be considered on merit. 

Please note that all personal information which we process in connection with your application will be treated in accordance with our Data Protection Privacy Notice at https://faber.co.uk/data-protection-privacy and our Data Protection Policy at https://faber.co.uk/data-protection-policy. Please read our Data Protection Privacy Notice and Data Protection Policy before submitting your application.

Getting into Publishing

All entry level jobs are posted on the Faber website. We do not provide unpaid work experience. We do provide student placements as part of University Publishing MA courses, we also provide the occasional paid internship and we work with Creative Access in providing a training bursary.

If you would like to research other publishers, we recommend looking at the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook, a comprehensive source for contact addresses, websites and information on the types of books publishers and literary agencies take on, or the website of the Independent Publishers' Guild. The Bookseller and Bookbrunch are the leading trade publications and good sources for publishing industry news and information, plus comment and job listings. Other sites worth investigating include Publishing Perspectives, The Literary Platform, Bookmachine and Bookcareers. If you are eligible, have a look too at the Society of Young Publishers.

Faber & Faber Ltd are an accredited Living Wage employer.

You can find details of our Data Protection Privacy Notice here and our Data Protection Policy here.