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Hachette Australia is the second largest publisher in Australia and part of the Hachette Livre Publishing group.

Just as our authors are important to us so is our staff. We aim for a non-corporate environment which is an enjoyable place to work each day. We go to great lengths to look after our employees, and to give our authors the best publishing experience in the industry.

Working at Hachette Australia not only comes with competitive salaries, and an industry-leading bonus plan, other benefits include; summertime working hours, paid parental leave schemes, and training opportunities.

If you are enthusiastic about publishing, hardworking, and looking for a great place to work, then you will enjoy being on our team.

Senior Editor

September 2021

Hachette Australia is seeking an experienced full-time Senior Editor to join its Australian Publishing Division and contribute to the success of its acclaimed Australian Children’s, Fiction and Non-fiction publishing program.

The position is a twelve-month contract (parental leave cover) and while we are currently all working from home, the role will ultimately be based in our Sydney CBD head office (Covid restrictions permitting). We are looking for someone who can start in November 2021.

The successful candidate will project manage and edit a wide range of Australian books across all lists and genres, with a special interest in and focus on children’s picture books and junior fiction, middle-grade and young adult titles. You will report to the Managing Editor, be part of an Editorial team with a strong culture of excellence and teamwork, and will work closely with our Publishers and our Production team.

Your well-developed editorial skills will ensure that the books you are assigned are edited to the highest standard and are finalised on schedule and within budget. You will collaborate strongly with Publishers to achieve their editorial visions for their titles, your author care will be flawless, and you’ll have a flair for working with illustrators. You will have a proven track record in developmental and structural editing, as well as copyediting and proofreading. You will have strong experience in drawing up book schedules and working with freelance editors, proofreaders, designers and typesetters. You will be able to multitask and work calmly under pressure. Your commitment to and passion for producing beautiful and brilliant books will underpin every element of your work. 

The salary for the role will be dependent on experience but will be in line with the Senior Editor salary in the Book Industry Award 2020, plus superannuation.

If this sounds like you and you’re looking for a chance to join our friendly and successful team, please email your résumé with a covering letter to by 5 pm on Wednesday 29 September 2021.

Hachette Australia employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

Hachette Australia is a registered COVID Safe business.

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The Hachette Australia Summer Internship Program provides both a broad understanding of the trade publishing business and a deep dive into how the various departments within a commercial publishing house work together to take books to market – and ultimately into the hands of readers.

Applications for the Hachette Australia Summer Internship Program are now closed. Please check back for key dates for our 2022-23 Summer Internship Program.

Watch our 2020 virtual event for prospective interns and people interested to learn more about working in publishing.

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