Head of International Sales

11 month maternity cover contract in either London or Edinburgh

Canongate Books is one of the UK’s leading independent publishers and we’re looking for a dynamic and hardworking Head of International Sales to lead Canongate’s International Sales Department.

Working with the International Sales Executive, the successful candidate will maintain and grow sales of titles in various territories worldwide, with a particular focus on Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Ideally you will already have experience of working in a similar international sales role, including a proven ability to manage a team and departmental budgets. You will be highly organised with excellent communication and relationship building skills.

Key duties will include:

— To manage the International Sales Executive and oversee all of Canongate’s international sales

— Structured relationship management of international customers to drive sales internationally while maintaining margins

— Identify, plan and deliver new international sales opportunities

— Work closely with internal departments, providing input on acquisitions, publishing lists, print signs offs, shipping logistics

— Monthly sales forecasting and working with Sales team to enable accurate budget planning

— Monthly revenue reporting

— Confidence in communicating and negotiating

— Willingness to travel

This is a full-time position based in either our London or Edinburgh office and reporting to the Communications Director. Starting in February 2019 for a minimum of eleven months.

Salary dependant on experience & location.

To apply, please send your CV (including contact details for two references) and a covering letter to Steph Scott, Head of International Sales, detailing why you feel you are suitable for a role in international sales. Email to Enable JavaScript to view protected content.. The deadline for applications is 8th October.


Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to everyone. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted for the position.

We will keep your information securely until 31st October. Unless you are the successful applicant, all of your information will be deleted and destroyed from our systems at that point.