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Business Development/Publishing Manager

Location: London

Salary: 35K Basic + Commission

Contact: Callum Baines

A client of RULE is seeking talented individuals with a passion for all things commercial to become their Business Development/Publishing Manager.

This role is similar to that of a film producer; get the script, find the actors, finance the production with advertising and then hand pick the team to create it! For this reason, the role is extremely autonomous and requires great work ethic.

The company is an award-winning publishing house in central London. They produce papers/reports and supplements, which are exclusively published into one of London’s most read broadsheets. With a target audience of c-suite individuals, the company was founded on the idea that ‘the intelligent mass still values focused, high quality commercial content which is produced professionally and presented to an extremely high standard’.

The Role:

As a Business Development/Publishing Manager you will have full project manager style control of five prints per year with responsibility from idea to finished product.

Responsibilities include:
Managing research – Investigating ‘information gaps’ to find interesting report topics.
Acquiring revenue – Building your own pipeline and pitching high-level directors across all sectors.
Gaining Advertising – Pitching relevant companies to fill advertising space in the print.
Sourcing Writers – Finding journalists and relevant writers to produce the content.
Design Production – Final sign off on front page designs for your print from graphic design team.
Editorial Commissioning – You have the final say on these projects acting as the paper’s editor.

This role is extremely diverse and emphasis is placed mainly on achieving revenue, which means a heavy business development/sales swing on the daily activities alongside the creative elements.

What’s on offer?

£35K basic salary – increased to £41K upon first promotion (on average after one year).
Realistic OTE of £51K first year – top performers have earnt more (Record is around £80K)
£1,000 raise in basic salary for every print which exceeds revenue targets.
17.5% commission first year, 20% once promoted (Generally after 12-14 months).
30% commission on high grossing prints (over £65K – average is £66.3K).

Previous sales experience is not vital, however 12 months + commercial experience is necessary.

Other requirements:

– Superb communication skills in spoken and written English

– A substainable high level of energy and enthusiasm

– Highly motivated and a self starter

– Interest in current affairs/business/publishing – Strong academic background; a Bachelor degree minimum from Top 30 university (Business/Management/Economics or research related degree preferable).


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