Acquisitions Editor Education

About Brill

Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER) and Singapore (SG), Brill today publishes over 270 journals and close to 1,200 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic formats. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV.


Brill is seeking a highly energetic and enthusiastic:


Acquisitions Editor  (M/F)

32 to 36 hours p/week

based in our office in Leiden (NL)


to maintain and further develop its newly established publication program Education.


The Acquisitions Editor is responsible for increasing company profitability via acquisitions that are consistent with the company's reputation as a high-quality publisher. The role involves extensive author contact, proposal review, contract negotiation, promotional planning and monitoring of sales, budget and financial planning, long-range planning for growth and development of the program.


You will be based in our office in Leiden and will report to the Publishing Director Publishing Unit MIA.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Pursue an active and efficient acquisitions policy for new publications including books, journals, reference works, and electronic media.
  • Manage the annual budget for the publishing program and ensure timely publication.
  • Maintain, develop and expand relationships with authors, editorial boards, reviewers, advisors and academic partners and evaluate their judgments.
  • Monitor/assess developments in the field in order to further develop the publication program.
  • Negotiate and prepare publishing contracts.
  • Maintain continuous cooperation and dialogue with marketing, sales and production departments.
  • Maintain communication with counterparts. Review and discuss new projects and plans with colleagues particularly in overlapping areas.
  • Supervise final editorial preparation of manuscripts for production.
  • Ensure that financial reports, status reports, budget forecasts, etc., can be made on the basis of readily accessible reports and materials.
  • Attend major conferences and academic events relevant to the list.
  • Assume additional duties as assigned.


Your profile:

  • University degree.
  • (Near) native-level fluency in English required.
  • Previous publishing experience in a commercial/developmental position within the (academic) publishing industry with proven track record in developing multimedia information products, is highly desirable. 
  • Strong affinity with scholarly environment.
  • Entrepreneurial drive, creative personality, strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and impeccable organizational abilities are essential. 
  • Strong initiative and independent attitude, while contributing in a collaborative manner to the growth of the overall program.
  • Business acumen and strong intercultural awareness.
  • Availability for regular (25%) domestic and international travel is required.


Brill offers a competitive salary and an attractive employee benefits package.

An online work related personality assessment (PAPI) will be part of the selection process.


Contact information:

Written applications should be sent to Koninklijke Brill NV, attn. Ms. Ina de Lange, HRM, e-mail:, preferably before Friday 25 August 2017. Further information about this position can be obtained from

Mr. Joed Elich, Publishing Director MIA, email: For more information about our company and publishing programs please visit our company website