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Managing Editor
HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Grand Rapid, MI
Date Posted
HarperCollins Christian Publishing is in search of a Managing Editor for their Zondervan Trade division. The Managing Editor oversees process flow for identified opportunities through production planning and finished products, builds extensive global experience to use judgment to plan projects and accomplish publishing goals, interfaces with all HCCP editorial, marketing, and creative team members, as well as shared service areas of the company, to create and update best tools, processes, and practices, serves as project manager for Project Server and all its assets and capabilities, oversees the editorial coordinator and makes assignments to production editors, and oversees project management progress on those assignments.


The primary responsibilities of the Managing Editor include but are not limited to:

Essential Responsibilities:
•Serve the publisher on departmental processes, book production, scheduling, and financial decisions.
•Provide early insight, assessing and reporting risks and minimizing exposure to help inform decision making, planning, and execution on departmental processes maximizing opportunities and minimizing challenges
•Develop and document viable production and publishing plans with all key stakeholders
•Serve as project manager using Microsoft Project Server, ensuring timely deliverables and accurate key performance indicator status reports
•Set up projects/ISBNs with viable production plans
•Execute project plans and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements to meet or increase budget expectations
•Manage resources across multiple projects, assigning projects to production editors
•Mitigate team conflict and communication problems
•Ensure project documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately
•Motivate team to work together and stay focused on mission/vision
•Keep track of lessons learned
•Facilitate team meetings effectively
•Communicate relevant project information to leadership effectively
•Resolve and/or escalate issues in a timely manner, providing first-response, fast-resolution, results-oriented problem solving
•Communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully
•Manage P&L (APL) development and processing, and facilitate high advance requests
•Facilitate and track contract request forms (CRF), adhering to approval and process standards
•Build and maintain cross-departmental, business-vertical and service-department relationships and processes for planning, collaboration, and communication
•Create and manage RSuite workflows to ensure effective manuscript flow and task indicators
•Manage cross-vertical HCCP acquisition offers, ensuring key stakeholders buy-in
•Provide early communication for inventory planning and stock needs for marketing and PR opportunities
•Facilitate transitions of Zondervan Trade titles to PODs 
•Oversee Editorial Coordinator, Zondervan Trade
•Manage and ensure data integrity
•Manage Zondervan Trade projects and initiatives/programs as requested


Desired candidate will possess the following knowledge, experience, education and skills:

Knowledge: Advanced use of Microsoft office required. High level of proficiency required with Excel spreadsheets.

Work Experience: Minimum 5 years project management experience, work experience in publishing/editorial project management preferred     

Education: Bachelor’s degree required.

Industry Knowledge: Clear understanding of the publishing industry, editorial practices, and publishing operations preferred

•Quickly learn new software applications and maintain awareness of new and emerging technologies
•Ability to learn and use Microsoft Project system, MDM/CRM, RSuite, Telescope, DocuShare
•Excellent written communication skills
•Proven project management and organizational skills
•Excellent interpersonal skills
•Proven spelling and proofreading skills
•Above average knowledge of English grammar
•Able to distill numerous pieces of information and communicate key points to others

HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an equal opportunity employer.

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