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Contract Publishing Manager

Royal Academy of Arts
Art Museums and Institutions, Art Publishing, Art Sales
   Location: London
   Salary: up to £35,000
Experience: Mid Level
  Organisation: Royal Academy of Arts
Deadline: 12/05/2019

About the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is one of the UK’s foremost arts institutions. We are best known for our programme of world-class exhibitions including Ai Weiwei, Abstract Expressionism and Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. It is a particularly exciting time in our history. An ambitious ‘Masterplan’ by David Chipperfield RA has recently been completed, redeveloping our 2.5-acre campus in Mayfair in time for our 250th anniversary this year. The works have united our two buildings, created new galleries for more exhibitions, a 260-seat lecture theatre, learning studio and new spaces dedicated to free displays of our Collection, works by RA Schools students, Royal Academicians and as architecture projects. We are an innovative, forward-looking and commercially astute organisation that receives no government operating subsidy.

About this position

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Contract Publishing and Business Manager to join the successful RA Enterprises publishing team.  This individual will sell advertising on a wide range of contract publishing titles and online.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic and persuasive, with a flair for selling. Highly numerate and commercially minded, they will be self-motivated and share the publishing team’s ambitions for growth.

A keen eye for detail and well-honed organisational skills, to ensure accuracy and that deadlines are met, are essential. This role has responsibility for administration of bills and payments and budget management.

Well presented, articulate and confident, they will possess first rate communication skills to build effective working relationships.  Existing publications experience is necessary, along with a genuine interest in visual arts.


Closing date for applications: Midnight  12 May 2019                            

Interviews will be held week commencing: 20 May 2019



JOB TITLE:                Contract Publishing and Business Manager

DEPARTMENT:         RA Publications

REPORTS TO:           Advertisement Manager

Main Objective

  • Responsible for selling advertising and inserts on contract publishing titles. Currently Asian Art Newspaper, Bonhams, British Museum, Eye Magazine and online and The World Today.
  • Achieve yearly revenue targets



  1. Sell advertising across the contract titles in print and online.
  2. Research and identify potential new advertisers. Selling to clients and agencies.
  3. Liaise with contract publishing clients and if necessary attend editorial meetings.
  4. Help with new business pitches to expand the portfolio of magazines
  5. Manage budgets to set targets for profitability across all titles in discussion with the Advertisement Manager
  6. Work with the Advertisement Manager with business forecasts across all contract titles
  7. Monitor costs and expenditure throughout the year to ensure all targets are met
  8. Budget holder, responsible for administration of bills and payments.
  9. Manage the process of bookings, chase the booking forms.
  10. Chase for copy, check and supply to designer.
  11. Upload, run and monitor the online advertising campaigns
  12. Manage the CRM system
  13. Budget holder, responsible for administration of bills and payments.
  14. Comply with all relevant Health & Safety, procedures and regulations and take appropriate and reasonable care for the safety of colleagues and visitors to the Academy.
  15. Undertake any other task which may reasonably be required by the Advertising Manager and Business Manager or other senior staff.



  • Enthusiastic personality, persuasive, with a strong and natural aptitude for selling.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and a willingness to pick up the phone.
  • Strong negotiation skills and commercially minded.
  • First class English language skills (spelling, punctuation and grammar).
  • Well honed administrative skills to maintain office systems and files.
  • Demonstrable interest in the visual arts.


  • Proficiency in word-processing and desktop publishing with excellent keyboard skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop and In-design).


  • Previous sales experience essential.


  • A willingness to seek out and accept responsibility and accountability
  • A genuine interest in art publications
  • Articulate
  • Shows initiative
  • A team player
  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of the Royal Academy of Arts

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