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Audiobook Engineer/Producer, Hachette UK

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

What you’ll be doing

From the initial recording session with the narrator, to the editing, passing to quality control, mix and final master, you will be involved in the whole audiobook production process from start to finish. We have an established workflow at the studio and our expectation is that everyone in the team follows the same methodology.

You will be working on a wide range of Hachette titles from across all divisions withing the Hachette UK group. We work with professional narrators, stage and screen actors, celebrities and authors when recording our audiobooks. You should be comfortable to work with people of all levels of ability and possess the skills to direct the sessions and achieve the highest quality performance possible.

Remote recording is now an established reality for most recording studios, and we offer this service to our customers. Candidates for this role should be happy to direct and record sessions ‘down the line’.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone with exceptional recording skills with an emphasis on voice recording for audiobooks, and being able to confidently direct voice talent is a must for this role.

You need to be fully proficient in Avid Protools (Running on Mac OS), Izotope RX8, Adobe Audition, digital audio editing, noise reduction, mixing and mastering.

You should have good working knowledge of high-end pro audio equipment from brands such as Neumann, Focusrite, RME, Genelec and Solid-State Logic.

Excellent written and verbal communication will be an important element of this role, as you will be marking up scripts, sessions and completing cue sheets as well as directing recording sessions and collaborating with our publishing colleagues.

Being comfortable directing narrators to get the best performances from them is key to creating great audiobooks. You should have a sharp eye and ear for detail and be able to work to the briefs and standards set by our internal and external customers.

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

Hachette UK are one of the UK’s leading publishing groups, comprised of ten publishers and over 50 imprints, with a rich and diverse history. Hachette UK aims to be the publisher and employer of choice for all people, and is a dynamic, fun place to work, where we are committed to Changing the Story.

As part of our investment into the growing audiobook market, in 2020 we opened our own in-house recording facility at our head office in Victoria Embankment. The studio has been a successful addition to the business and has become a valued resource, with a roadmap for expansion.

We are recruiting an Audio engineer/producer to join our in-house Audiobook production team, reporting into the Head of Audio Services. We are looking for someone talented and experienced who can hit the ground running and get stuck straight into recording, editing, mixing and mastering our audiobook content to the highest standard.

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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