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Senior Communications Officer, Orion

What you’ll be doing

Are you an exceptional publicist and communicator with experience of creating campaigns within the arts sector? Or someone who has experience in leading campaigns and would like to join the world of publishing? 

Do you have enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and the drive to learn and innovate?


We have an exciting opportunity to join the award-winning Orion Communications team in a dynamic role that is perfect for someone keen to develop their campaigning skills. You will be planning and executing outstanding publicity campaigns for fiction and non-fiction titles, podcasts and special editions.


You will be responsible for: devising, creating and delivering campaigns; attending festivals and events; organising digital events; building third party partnerships; working to secure impactful media, digital content, influencer engagement; and supporting authors.

There will also be opportunities to collaborate with and support the senior team members on key campaigns and share the general administrative tasks for the Communications department.

As part of a friendly and supportive Communications team, you will have the opportunity to learn from and alongside your colleagues, and to take advantage of the wider training and learning opportunities available at Hachette.

Who we are looking for

We would love to hear from you if you…

  • Possess outstanding initiative, endless curiosity, and are a confident self-starter
  • Thrive in a busy team environment where you are encouraged to share creative ideas 
  • Have strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise workload, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Are a natural communicator – confident in building strong relationships with colleagues, authors and third parties
  • Aren’t afraid of getting stuck in to assist with team and business projects beyond campaigns
  • Are driven by results and understand how they inform communications strategy
  • Have a demonstrable interest in communications and wider industry innovation
  • Campaigns experience, ideally within the arts sector, however this role would also suit someone with press office or agency experience
  • Will relish the opportunity to travel with authors, help manage schedules and attend a range of events, some of which will be out of normal office hours.

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 can be based at our London office, Carmelite House, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week. However, we are very happy to discuss the option of this role being based in one of our national offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Sheffield, Bristol or Manchester.

Who we are and what we do

Orion Books, a division of Hachette UK, publishes commercial, award-winning popular fiction and non-fiction and is home to bestselling authors and brands such as Ian Rankin, Adam Kay, Michael Connelly, Cathy Bramley, Noel ‘The Supervet’ Fitzpatrick, Glastonbury Festival, the Ordnance Survey, Candice Carty-Williams and the Hairy Bikers.

Earlier this year we won the Publisher of the Year award at the British Book Awards 2021, and our award-winning Communications team has a proud track record of creating high-impact, creative, sales-driving campaigns to help bring our books to readers.

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

Hachette UK


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