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Paper Manager, Hachette UK

Who we are and what we do

Hachette UK is a leading UK publishing group. The group is made up of ten autonomous publishing divisions and over fifty imprints with a rich and diverse history. Hachette UK is owned by Hachette Livre, the world’s second largest trade and educational publisher, and has subsidiaries in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and India plus close ties with Hachette Book Group, our sister company in the USA.  

We support the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), the leading international forest management certification association. The FSC® has undertaken remarkable work to establish ‘chain of custody’ from forest to pulp to paper so that publishers can reliably establish the true source of their papers.

What you’ll be doing

Reporting to our Publishing Operations Director you will be responsible for ordering and managing all the text paper stocks using an internal publishing system, working closely with external suppliers and with the Hachette divisions. You will maintain accurate data in the system, run forecasts of paper stock demand on a weekly basis, and raise paper requisitions in a timely manner to ensure the right level of stock is maintained.  You will be responsible for managing a considerable cost budget for the group including checking all mill invoices, printer receipts, and reconciling actual usage.

Paper purchasing will be a new department in Hachette, as the manager you have the opportunity and relative independence to build a role.  While you will not have any direct reports, you will be part of the negotiating team working with the mills on new paper contracts and will be helping to formulate Hachette’s future strategy for paper buying.  The manager will work closely with two European established mills primarily but also have the scope to explore new suppliers globally and to manage paper for our US local print requirements. 

Who we’re looking for

This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark in a new role within Hachette.

You will require excellent analytical skills related to demand forecasting combined with an advanced technical knowledge of book papers.  Relevant paper management experience working with mills and publishers to ensure all requirements were met on time, to the required quality standards and cost budget. Commercial understanding of paper purchasing on a global level and a sound knowledge of related environmental and quality standards.  The skills to work collaboratively across the different divisions, understand their requirements and provide expert support, including updates on future trends and opportunities in the global paper market.

What we offer

We offer flexible working for all staff, whatever your circumstances. This includes the opportunity to work from home for one or more days per week along with flexible hours to fit your life. Hachette is a dynamic working environment, where your ideas will be heard and where you will have the capacity to change things and do things differently.

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.

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