Head of Publicity, Adult Consumer Marketing and Publicity – London

Join Bloomsbury, home to award-winning, internationally bestselling and critically-acclaimed authors such as Lisa Taddeo, Peter Frankopan, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Rutger Bregman, Edward Enninful, Patricia Lockwood, Alan Moore, Kiley Reid, SJ Maas, Stuart Turton and Tom Kerridge . We publish the best titles in non-fiction, fiction, cookery, illustrated and poetry across our adult trade publishing list. We have an opportunity to join our expanding team at a time of exciting growth at Bloomsbury.

We are looking for an ambitious, creative and talented Head of Publicity to lead innovative, impactful and strategic media and event campaigns. You will be joining a collaborative and supportive Publicity team, reporting into the Publicity Director and with responsibility of your own direct reports. You may also oversee, advise and cooperate on other publicist’s campaigns and be a role model for junior team members.

With a background in the publishing, arts or media industries, you will have experience working across a variety of campaigns with a particular emphasis of delivering excellence in non-fiction. You will be able to offer expertise on delivering publicity campaigns and publishing strategy on non-fiction, including ground breaking big ideas, history, science, politics and culture; As well as literary fiction, poetry, commercial fiction, cookery and more.

As well as creating multi-platform campaigns that break out debut talent, build bestselling names to new heights or shape the cultural agenda, you will contribute to the publishing lists’ strategic priorities and work closely across all departments and in particular with editorial, sales and marketing colleagues. You will be adept at forging and maintaining excellent relationships with high-profile and engaging stakeholders and have an in-depth of, and active interest in the ever-evolving media landscape and the wider publishing industry and creative sectors, and an awareness of the campaigns that deliver profile and sales.

The role

  • Deliver best-in-class campaigns for Bloomsbury’s most high-profile authors, illustrators and brands, and launching the careers of others; work across all formats (hardback, eBook and audio)
  • Work with the Publicity Director on areas of focus for the team and feed into strategy and vision for the adult trade lists, including acquisition feedback, pitch for new authors and positioning of new titles
  • Support a culture of collaboration, feeding ideas into the wider company and being a great spokesperson for the Publicity team; liaise with the global publicity and marketing teams to ensure that Bloomsbury’s titles are promoted internationally whenever possible.
  • Manage a team to deliver successful and effective campaigns for their assigned titles, generating high-profile and wide-ranging coverage; Encourage ambition and creativity in their campaign work
  • Coach reports effectively, developing them as publicists, help manage workloads and ensure communication that goes out from the PR team is of the highest standard; run appraisals and seek out opportunities for your reports
  • Keep D, E & I practices at the heart of what you do, communicating and implementing company policy with the team and strife for positive change within the industry
  • Lead, guide and enable the team in communications with external and internal stakeholders; Offer expertise on handling sensitive and/or confidential projects, as well as being the best representative for our lists and the company

Our work is driven by different perspectives and we strive for our culture to be one of belonging. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds and identities.

Additional information

The role is a full-time permanent position

The role is based at our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a hybrid working pattern of 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred). Allocated office days for this role are: Monday and Tuesday

Please apply with a CV and covering letter addressed to Human Resources (Word or PDF format only) via the ‘APPLY NOW’ button detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above for this role and which includes the campaign you’ve been most proud to work on and the non-fiction book you most enjoyed reading in the past year by 3rd May 2022.

Bloomsbury reserve the right to close the role early if we exceed the required number of applications

Bloomsbury Benefits

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive benefits package:

Working Pattern

  • hybrid working pattern of: 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred)


  • 25 days holiday
  • 3.5 days Christmas company holiday
  • 2 Personal Wellness Days

Other Benefits:

Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an additional 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week

Season Ticket Loan

Sharesave Scheme

In-house Doctor

Eyecare Voucher Scheme

That Day – online fitness classes, mindfulness, cookery classes, workshops etc.

Company culture! – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (BAME, Disability, Mental Health, LGBTQ+ and Parents, Guardians and Carers), 15 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources

For additional benefits see below

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any background, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable, and be heard and accepted. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please flag to the recruitment team if required

Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.

The Company

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s Academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic imprint names. Read Our Story for how it all began.

Bloomsbury is committed to creating a working environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration, is respectful of difference, is inclusive and ethical in its practice, and promotes well-being. We are determined to nurture and develop our employees to reach their highest potential, and we know that our success is down to the passion, commitment and hard work of our talented people. We recognise the urgent need to attract and support applicants from all backgrounds and identities to become part of the global publishing industry, allowing diverse voices to reflect and shape our culture and society.

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