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Copyright and Licensing Manager

Vacancy Details

Salary: £39,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Operations
Category: Administration and Operational Support
Date Posted: 01/06/2018
Reference: 02034


Full Time, Permanent

The British Library’s Business Development, Partnerships and Licensing Department is looking for a Licensing and Copyright Manager, based in London, to join their industrious and effective team. The post requires a candidate with substantial experience of licensing and negotiation who will use their skills to develop new relationships with publishers in order to support library services.
The candidate must be able to demonstrate significant experience of negotiating contractual agreements within the information and/or publishing industry and be highly persuasive and possess first-class influencing skills.  Alongside these requirements the candidate must have a strong business and customer focus and be able to explain complex contractual and rights related issues clearly to internal and external stakeholders at all levels. The successful candidate will be responsible for negotiating and drafting agreements, ensuring documentation is updated and maintained and contract management. Providing copyright and rights’ related advice will also be an important part of this role.
The role requires the following skills:

  • Excellent negotiation and account management skills.
  • Strong contract drafting skills
  • Proven experience in managing relationships
  • Strong communication and presentational skills
  • Strong persuasive and influencing skills
  • Strong business and customer focus.
  • Methodical approach, eye for detail, comfortable with numbers and details.
  • High degree of enthusiasm, integrity and self-motivation.
  • Knowledge of contract and copyright law.


In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 20.9%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.


More about the British Library

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memoryand enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.


Closing date: 1 July 2018

Interview date: To Be Confirmed

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.

In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom
  • Are you currently a British Library employee or agency member of staff?


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