IT Director, Hachette UK
What you’ll be doing
As part of our mission to make it easy for everyone, everywhere to unlock new worlds of ideas, learning, entertainment and opportunity we have an exciting strategy to support from our Publishers.
The purpose of this role is to design and deliver all aspects of the technology function (people, process and technology) required to achieve the level of profitability, efficiency and customer service levels to HUK Editorial, Sales, Production, Insight and Marketing divisions in line with the HUK Strategy and 3-year Business Plan.
This role is a member of the IT Leadership Team & IT Board and plays a major role in nurturing an inclusive, collaborative and productive culture and working climate in the division.
The role is directly accountable for the management of ~26 employees, ~30 technology partners and annual investment/expenditure of between £3.0 and £5.0M.
The role is responsible for the working relationship(s) between the Publishing, Group Digital, Group Insight, Group Publishing Operations and the technology division.
Who we are looking for
We are looking for a candidate who has the following characteristics:
- A collaborative leader, possessing the ability to motivate, re-energise and inspire teams
- Trustworthiness, integrity and honesty; Ability to accept feedback from others with humility
- Broad business and technical acumen; able to work out where an organisation will derive the most value from technology investment
- Proactive, adaptable and able to work in a fast-paced environment
- Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to build effective relationships with colleagues at every level within an organisation
- A general understanding of customer facing technology solutions and how a business can leverage them and the data they contain to enable a top tier customer experience
- A general understanding of IT project delivery and service delivery practices and how to apply them appropriately in differing circumstances
What we offer
At Hachette we will consider requests for flexible working on hiring. Many of our employees work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time, flexible hours and/or an element of working from home. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you may need.
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!
This role is eligible for the Executive Bonus scheme.
This role can be based at any of our national offices in Didcot, London, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Bristol. Given this role has a team and stakeholders spread around these locations some travel is expected.
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.
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.
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