British English Publisher, ELT - National Geographic Learning




The Publisher provides strategic leadership for all aspects of the publishing programme for the National Geographic Learning (NGL) British global ELT publishing list, including prioritising resources and investments, ensuring market research and key customer engagement, interfacing with internal regional and global stakeholders, and planning and executing a 3-5 year publishing plan. This position leads a team of editors and freelancers to develop and manage the portfolio, including P&L responsibility, and represents NGL interests externally, including author management.





  • Provides leadership for the editorial team, program authors, consultants, and other extended team functional areas during product conceptualization, financial approvals, development, and launch.
  • Works closely with the Editorial Director, Regional ELT Director, and key global stakeholders to conceptualize and implement a publishing programme to ensure company growth targets with highly differentiated product that reflects the NGL brand.
  • Has financial responsibility for the publishing programme and handles communication with external authors and vendors, including contract negotiation.
  • Travels in support of publishing programme to visit key customers, conduct research, and attend strategic planning meetings.
  • Identifies and analyses potential publishing projects, and oversees product proposals for approvals, including forecasts, P&L, and investment costs.
  • Ensures that all products have digital plans that meet or exceed the needs of the market.
  • Ensures market research informs product development and ensures strategic plans are in place to engage major customers during the development process.



  • Leads, motivates, and manages team performance with clear expectations, accountability, motivation, and employee development.
  • Performs product development to determine creative, innovative solutions for new product development and audience expansion—leading the brands’ editorial and marketing teams in these efforts as well as working collaboratively with other ELT teams and stakeholders.
  • Problem-solves issues in the day to day management of the publishing programme.
  • Sets goals and targets for the team as required by publishing plans.
  • Prioritises resources as needed to meet schedules and budgets.
  • Ensures NGL best practices are followed during execution of publishing plans, and proposes process improvements as needed to produce high-quality market leading products.
  • Participates in interviewing, hiring, and training new editorial employees.
  • Performs other duties as needed to meet department goals



  • Develops financial models for new publishing products and plays a leading role in product launches.
  • Responsible for tracking, managing, and forecasting yearly product plate budgets.
  • Responsible for making sure products meet their financial objectives, including revenue targets.
  • Responsible for forecasting and managing yearly controllable expenses such as team travel & research budgets.



  1. STRATEGY (10%)
  • Based on NGL strategic objectives, formulates and implements specific publishing plans for the portfolio and adjusts strategies as needed to meet targets.
  • Participates and contributes in corporate planning and decision making with ELT leadership.
  • Understands business opportunities and requirements in the key global regions in order to impact and influence team performance of the portfolio.
  • Tracks, prepares, commissions, and uses data to inform decisions.





  • Degree from a four-year college or university or equivalent
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in a lead educational publishing role including direct team management experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of British ELT markets, customers, trends, partners, and competitive positions
  • Proven track of success in ELT book launch and development.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills within the ELT publishing industry
  • Ability to effectively present information to senior management, authors, reviewers, project teams, and customer groups
  • Strong leadership with ability to work with international teams and matrix environment
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong strategic planning, financial management and analytical skills
  • Effective communication and presentation skills with the ability to champion initiatives and motivate internal teams


  • Knowledge of ELT pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition theory
  • Fluency in second European language





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