Book Commissioning Editor (80%-100%)

Do you share our passion for spreading the newly acquired knowledge of today’s scientific community and feel motivated to contribute to open access publishing? We are looking for a dynamic and proactive team player to join the MDPI Books team as Book Commissioning Editor (80-100%) to focus on discovering and acquiring a program of open access books (monographs, edited collections, reference works and textbooks).

As Book Commissioning Editor you will:

  • Develop concepts for books and book series and build up a list of titles for specific genres
  • Identify future market trends and products
  • Meet with our editors to discuss new proposals
  • Act as ambassador for MDPI Books, communicating our services and passion in order to attract editors/authors
  • Develop and solicit proposals to promote our open access book publishing services
  • Negotiate contracts and terms with authors, editors and contributors

Cultivate a wide network of authors and advisors by engaging with scholars around the world as sources of potential collaboration


  • Professional experience in the book publishing industry, academic publishing environment and open access
  • At least 5 years of experience in scholarly books acquisition
  • Demonstrable commissioning experience
  • Very good sales and negotiating skills
  • A well-developed ability to network in the scholarly community
  • Dynamic and reliable team player with excellent interpersonal skills and entrepreneurial mindset
  • Strong organization and prioritizing skills
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Capability to work in a dynamic and international environment

This is a permanent position. The successful candidate can either be based in our Manchester office or work remotely depending on her/his location in the UK.

For this highly position, candidates are asked to demonstrate previous success in this area. If you are interested in this position, we look forward to receiving your application. Please submit your CV with your cover letter and the list of your commissioned titles. We look forward to welcoming you.


About MDPI:

A pioneer in scholarly open access publishing, MDPI has supported academic communities since 1996. Our mission is to foster open scientific exchange in all forms, across all disciplines. We operate more than 270 diverse, peer-reviewed, open access journals supported by over 35,500 academic editors. We serve scholars from around the world to ensure the latest research is openly and broadly available.

MDPI is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland with additional offices in Europe and Asia. We are committed to ensuring that high quality research is made available as quickly as possible. We also support sustainability projects, with sustainability as a key theme in many journals and through the MDPI Sustainability Foundation.

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