HarperCollins Publishers

Music Publisher

Join HarperCollins Publishers as they are looking for a Music Publisher

Collins has been publishing educational and informative books for almost 200 years. Throughout this rich heritage we have maintained an impressive record in creating market-leading products across various sectors. Our publishing for schools continues to deliver up-to-date and engaging student resources and exceptional teacher support to help schools tackle new initiatives and utilise the latest technology. We produce resources for UK and International curricula to support teachers and pupils at school and outside the classroom environment.

Purpose of the Role

 As a commercially savvy publisher, you're always on the lookout for the latest market trends and emerging opportunities. You pride yourself on your ability to gather timely information from your sector, analyze it, and translate it into viable product proposals that cater to the needs of end-users, whether that's in print or digital form.

Your role is critical to the day-to-day running and overall performance of the list in the market. You're responsible for setting strategic priorities and charting the direction for the list, ensuring it stays ahead of the curve and remains a leader in its sector.

One of your key responsibilities is to commission and deliver new print and digital music resources. This involves presenting a compelling business case for acquisition, working closely with authors to guide them through the commissioning and development process, and overseeing the creation of new products and the maintenance of the backlist.

You have exceptional music publishing knowledge and an extensive network of contacts, which you leverage to ensure that the resources you commission are of the highest quality and deliver maximum value to end-users. You collaborate closely with editorial and freelancers to ensure that every aspect of product development is executed to the highest standards.

Moreover, you play a pivotal role in ensuring the success of product launches by working closely with sales and marketing teams to develop innovative launch strategies that capture the attention of your target audience and drive sales.

As a strategic thinker with a keen eye for innovation and creativity, you bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to help the primary team inspire pupils of all abilities to achieve their full potential. Your passion for music publishing and your commitment to excellence make you an invaluable asset to your team and your organization.

Person Specification


  • List management

  • Relevant commissioning or product development experience in a music/music education setting, including track record

  • Editorial experience in educational and printed music publishing

  • Project management across a number of simultaneous products, print and digital

  • Worked with and managed teams of authors and freelancers, especially to strict deadlines


  • Music licensing, both audio and graphical, across print and digital formats

  • Digital publishing


  • Clear, effective and engaging communication and presentation skills

  • Confident in developing relationships with authors, teachers, consultants, customers

  • Personal leadership skills to influence/win over stakeholders, especially through presenting new products

  • Able to reconcile conflicting viewpoints during product development to produce products with the widest possible appeal and use

  • Strategic and lateral thinker – able to step back and see bigger picture to plan, prioritise and make decisions

  • Strong commercial awareness – can spot mass market opportunities/identify gaps in the market

  • Excellent organisation, time and resource management with realistic goals

  • Adept at managing budgets and bringing in projects on budget while maintaining high standards of quality

  • Proactive in trouble-shooting and solving problems

  • Flexible – able to juggle demanding workload and prioritise

  • Creative and innovative – add value through creative solutions

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 sandra.lim@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. 


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