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Head of Talent Acquisition, Hachette UK

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

What you’ll be doing

As Head of Talent Acquisition for Hachette UK, you will build, shape and transform the way we approach outreach, recruitment and resourcing across the business in order to fulfill our mission to make it easy for everyone, everywhere, to access new worlds of ideas, learning, entertainment and opportunity.

As part of an ambitious HR team, you will create and lead a brand-new, initially small internal talent acquisition team to drive change in how we attract and hire the very best talent into Hachette UK. We make diversity an integral part of our publishing and staff identity, through a programme called ‘Changing the Story’, which is one of the core pillars of our business strategy and this role is fundamental to the success of that strategy.The other key pillars of strategy are ‘understanding consumers’, ‘owner mentality’ and ‘growth mindset’ and we actively look to recruit people who are able to demonstrate these behaviours.

Key duties:

  • Shape and implement an efficient and inclusive talent acquisition strategy that is supported by the broader HR team and hiring managers to improve recruitment and business performance. 
  • Build and lead a small talent acquisition team of one person initially, with the longer-term vision for the size of this team to increase after proven successful delivery.
  • Champion and facilitate our vision of being an inclusive employer by ensuring our applicants and new hires are representative of society and all readers at all levels and across all roles.
  • Directly source and recruit between 20-30 roles within the first year, at a variety of levels and across a broad range of job functions to get a real in-depth understanding of the business.
  • Develop relationships with candidates for key roles and ensure a brilliant candidate experience.
  • Create an end-to-end candidate journey so that all candidates – whether successful or unsuccessful – have a great experience of Hachette.
  • Innovate the way we select and interview candidates by ensuring we are sourcing and shortlisting based on our four pillars of strategy: Understanding Consumers; Owner Mentality; Changing the Story; Growth Mindset.
  • Contribute to the development of our employer brand so that we are promoting everything that’s great about Hachette, ensuring that everything we do and communicate in our talent acquisition reflects the values we want to project.
  • Develop effective relationships with hiring managers across the business and within the HR team, to promote best practice recruitment.
  • Manage and work with our outreach and sourcing partners to establish an effective and diverse network of contacts.
  • Manage the relationship with our Applicant Tracking System provider, to ensure they are delivering on the SLA and proactively partner with them on new developments to the system.

Who we are looking for

You will be passionate about delivering positive experiences for your candidates and stakeholders and will be adaptable to take both a strategic and ‘hands-on’ approach.

You will have extensive recruitment expertise within a range of industries with a track record of having driven internal recruitment costs down by efficient direct hiring into a business.

Proven experience of managing high volume recruitment and prioritising business critical roles is essential, together with experience of recruiting candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and reaching candidates from different industries and groups.

As well as strong knowledge and understanding of inclusive hiring practices you will be able to demonstrate that you have experience of building an external employer brand, attracting candidates, and leveraging different communications channels and platforms for best effect.

You may have some Psychometric and Ability assessment qualifications.

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset, and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave 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, delicious subsidized canteen food, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

This role will be based at our Carmelite House office in London (travel to other locations as required), with a blend of office and home working.

Who we are and what we do

About Hachette UK

Hachette UK is a creative powerhouse and the UK’s second largest book publishing group. Our mission is to make it easy for everyone, everywhere, to unlock new worlds of ideas, learning, entertainment and opportunity.

We’re made up of 10 autonomous publishing divisions and over 50 imprints with a rich and diverse history and an incredible range of authors. We’re also the market leader in e-books and publish a range of bestsellers in audio format, the fastest growing part of our business.

Our award-winning adult publishing divisions are Orion, which won Publisher of the Year at the 2021 British Book Awards; Little, Brown; John Murray Press; Hodder & Stoughton; Headline; Quercus; Octopus and Bookouture. They publish fiction and non-fiction in digital, audio and print format, from the world’s best and most diverse authors, including Brit Bennett, Candice Carty-Williams, Martina Cole, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Stephen King, Stieg Larsson, Nelson Mandela, Stephenie Meyer, Maggie O’Farrell, Delia Owens, Ian Rankin, J.K. Rowling, Colson Whitehead and Malala Yousafzai.

We also publish leading authors in many specialist areas of the market, including Mental Health, Business & Finance, Coaching, Autism, Dyslexia, Yoga, Fashion, Art and Photography.

Hachette Children's Group publishes a wide and vibrant range of books for children across all age ranges, while Hodder Education is a market leader in resources for both primary and secondary schools.

Hachette UK is part of Hachette Livre, the world’s third largest trade and educational publisher. As well as our headquarters in Carmelite House, London, and our state-of-the-art book distribution centre in Didcot, Oxfordshire, we have recently opened five new offices in Manchester, Bristol, Sheffield, Newcastle and Edinburgh. The UK region also includes offices in Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, the Caribbean and Ireland.

It’s an exciting time to join our business because the publishing market continues to grow and thrive. The UK remains the largest exporter of physical books in the world and book adaptations for film and TV are the foundation of the UK’s creative industries.

Our culture

People at Hachette UK are incredibly proud of the contribution publishing makes to the world and we believe that embracing diversity in all its forms is the key to creating a culture that will make us a better publisher. Our people thrive in an environment that accepts and encourages the sharing of different ideas and opinions, and we publish a wide range of voices to reach the broadest audience possible.

Five years ago, we created ‘Changing the Story’, a programme of strategic policies, cultural initiatives and progressive partnerships to put diversity at the heart of everything we do. It is now one of the four pillars of our business strategy and something that every colleague is involved in from the day they join Hachette UK.

As part of ‘Changing the Story’, we have eight employee networks to foster inclusion and belonging, and to bring about ongoing change in our company and the wider industry. These include Hachette Pride, which is dedicated to sharing the voices of LGBTQ+ staff and authors, Hachette THRIVE, which supports our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and authors, and Hachette Gender Balance, which works to ensure balanced recruitment and progression for all genders within the company. Today, more than a thousand employees are members of one or more of these networks.

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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