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Audio Manager (12 month FTC)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

What you’ll be doing

The Hachette Audio department at Little, Brown is a small, dynamic team. As Audio Manager, you will work across all the imprints at Little, Brown and ensure that our audio list is published on time and to budget.

This role requires outstanding organisational skills, meticulous attention to detail and a real commitment to delivering excellence. Your key responsibilities will be as follows:

  • Management: Liaising with recording studios, in-house departments, agents, actors and authors to ensure the audio list is published on time and within budget. Regularly meeting with internal departments at acquisition meetings and holding individual discussions with editors regarding upcoming audio publications. Basic Excel skills are a must, and knowledge of Biblio or a similar publishing system is desirable.
  • Production: Overseeing the production of our upcoming audio recordings as well as ensuring the smooth running of the audio publication process. Occasional visits to our external recording studios may be required. Hands-on recording skills are not required.   
  • Casting: At Little, Brown we cast a diverse range of voices from differing backgrounds and with varying experience to read our audiobooks. An awareness of new and existing acting talent, both on screen and behind the mic, will be an advantage as will having a good ear for what works on an audiobook.
  • Negotiation: Discussing and monitoring costs with external partners as well as working closely with the team internally on audio contracts. You will confidently and persuasively negotiate fees and contractual clauses on a regular basis and have a comprehensive understanding of deal points.
  • Innovation: Working closely with the in-house departments to ensure all opportunities for new and existing titles are exploited to their full potential in audio. Knowledge of the audiobook market and an idea of genres that work well in audio will be looked upon favourably.

Who we are looking for

This is a varied role that draws on a wide range of experience and expertise. We are accepting applications from outside of, as well as from within, the publishing industry. You will have an enthusiasm for and a clear understanding of the audiobook market, ideally with a background in audiobook production and content development. You could have a background in a media industry such as radio or podcasts.

You will manage multiple projects and relationships smoothly with excellent attention to detail and a pragmatic attitude. Clear communication is paramount and you will liaise with our internal departments and external third parties. You must be able to juggle multiple deadlines and manage expectations whilst also being adaptable to change in a fast-paced work environment. You will have a strong analytic approach to your endeavours as well as a growth mindset.

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, Private Medical Insurance, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 volunteer days per year to use at your charity of choice, many employee networks to join, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

The role will be based at our London office, Carmelite House, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

Little, Brown Book Group, four-time winner of the Publisher of the Year Award, is one of the most successful and dynamic publishers in the UK. Across fifteen imprints, we publish as wide a range of titles as anyone in the industry, and pride ourselves on the quality, variety and diversity of our publishing output.

Hachette Audio is the award-winning audiobook imprint of the Little, Brown Book Group. Our small, dedicated and highly motivated team publishes over 300 audiobooks each year across all genres, including both fiction and non-fiction, and our titles have been shortlisted for Specsavers and Nibbies Audiobook of the Year awards, and have won Audie and CrimeFest audiobook awards.

Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking junior roles. For more information visit www.booktradeentrysupport.org

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