HarperCollins Publishers

Senior Rights Manager - Adults (Maternity Cover)

Join HarperCollins Publishers as they are looking for a Senior Rights Manager - Adults (Maternity Cover)

Introduction to the role

This is a dynamic role in the Rights Department, working on the wide-ranging Fiction list (including Tolkien) in key foreign language territories. We are looking for an experienced and proactive person with as much passion for reading fiction as cutting business and exceeding budgets. The role will include working on co-editions as well as licensing and the successful applicant will be comfortable negotiating at all levels as well as with some foreign travel.

Key tasks and accountabilities

  • Selling translation rights across Fiction (Fiction, HQ, Avon, OMC, Harper North, Harper Ireland) into Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavia, Slovakia, Spain & Latin America, Ukraine

  • Work with the Rights Director on co-ordinating Tolkien co-editions as well as financial planning

  • Contribute to department strategy and fulfilment of budgetary targets

  • Attend all HQ and Harper Ireland Acquisition Meetings and act as a conduit between divisions and rights

  • Contribute to the acquisition process ensuring international sales potential within the publishing programme

  • Negotiate and execute high volume of rights contracts

  • Attend Frankfurt and London Bookfairs as well as additional sales trips to key territories

 Skills required:

  • Ability to communicate at all levels, both in writing and verbally.

  • Comfortable using Word and Excel

  • Impeccable organisational skills.

  • Meticulous attention to detail

  • Awareness of the print production process

  • Keen Negotiation skills


Hybrid working model (2+ days in the office) 

28 days holiday plus bank holidays (option to buy and sell holiday days) 

Enhanced pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave 

Private healthcare cover and life assurance 

Summer Hours  

Free access to HeadSpace, employee assistance programme (24 hour helpline), mental health first aiders, and a wellbeing portal 

Season ticket loans (from day 1 for entry level) and cycle to work scheme 

Relocation Rent Support Loan  

Employee networks: HC All In (open forum), Elevate (for ethnic minority colleagues), HarperParents, Menopause at Work and Pride at HC 

Unlimited training on our Learning and Development portal, management courses (up to MA level) and mentoring programmes 

Virtual GP and eyecare vouchers 

Gym membership discount 

Onsite physiotherapy (London only) 

Charitable donation matching and  2 volunteering days 

We're a certified Carbon Neutral company 

Free e-books and audiobooks, newspaper subscriptions and discounts on books 

Subsidised canteen and retail discounts 

Onsite prayer room 

If you wish to discuss anything regarding this position and/or your application to this role, please reach out directly to our Talent Acquisition Manager at stephanie.jemmett@harpercollins.co.uk with subject heading ‘Vacancy Query’ plus the job title and we will aim to get back to you within 5 working days.