Title
Publisher, AmazonCrossing
Employer
Amazon
Location
Seattle, WA
Date Posted
04/30/2013
Description
The Publisher, AmazonCrossing oversees editorial for the Crossing imprint, as well as the global strategy for AmazonCrossing’s expanding translation network. It is a unique role, in that it is a hybrid between a Publisher and a General Manager for a rapidly expanding global business. This role has direct responsibility for the editorial team, the development of the AmazonCrossing list, author and translator relations, and strategic development of AmazonCrossing’s global network of translators. Also critical to the role will be the ability to work cross-functionally with production, marketing/merchandising, finance, product management and the Amazon Publishing development teams to further scale the business, ensure the highest quality translations, manage the translator experience, and continually add new language pairs. This position will be based in Seattle and reports to the Vice-President of Amazon Publishing’s global business.
Key responsibilities include:
• Setting the overall business direction;
• Determining new target markets, personnel and production modes, resources for producing the publication, setting the budget, allocating and controlling costs.
• Working closely on the marketing/merchandising, production, and distribution/licensing of these books, with the various leaders for each of these areas.
• Staffing a world-class editorial team;
• Managing a large network of literary translators;
• Negotiating with foreign rights agents and authors to acquire high-profile book projects;
• Creating a best-in-class author and translator experience;
• Innovating toward continually more productive publishing models;
• Managing imprint-specific technology, operations, marketing/PR, financial planning, and legal issues from a global perspective.

Basic Qualifications
• 12+ years’ experience, including strong negotiations and partner development skills and experience executing complex deals
• Excellent business judgment and the demonstrated ability to think and act both strategically and tactically
• Strong verbal and written communications skills, as well as the ability to work effectively across internal and external organizations
• Ability to work in fast-paced environment and resourceful in achieving success in the face of ambiguity while prioritizing and managing multiple responsibilities
• Bachelor’s degree
Preferred Qualifications
• Significant experience closing complex commercial agreements with publishers
• Demonstrated ability to close partnerships with US and non-US companies and to engage and influence C-level executives
• Street smarts and willingness to roll up your sleeves
• Experience managing teams of 20+
• MBA or Masters

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