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Senior Designer, Colour Non-Fiction, Hachette Children's Group

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

What you’ll be doing

An exciting and uniquely varied opportunity has arisen for a highly creative and organised senior designer to join the full colour non-fiction Wren and Rook and Laurence King Publishing team. The role will involve creating covers and interiors for non-fiction titles, working on concepts through to final layouts and preparing for print. Working effectively across departments and with agents, authors and artists.

Key duties:

  • Designing books (covers and interiors) for non-fiction titles for children of all ages;
  • Sourcing, commissioning and art-directing outstanding illustrators
  • Managing the scheduling of titles into production, meeting budgets and deadlines;
  • Working closely with the editors and Art Director in the development of new and existing titles, and taking books from concept through to print ready files
  • Ensure all design work accurately fulfils the brief;
  • Ensure administration, including scheduling, budgeting and file management, is up-to-date and accurate.

Who we are looking for

The ideal candidate will have creative flair, an eye for detail and a demonstrable passion for designing outstanding non-fiction books. An awareness of the Children's book market and wider cultural trends will be vital. The candidate will need to manage a busy workload, work well with our in-house team, as well as liaising with artists and agents. Design expertise is essential so this is not a role for a visualiser or illustrator without demonstrable design experience.

Essential Requirements:

  • Proficient skills in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proven design experience
  • Impressive portfolio
  • Great typographic and layout skills
  • Strong conceptual thinking
  • Self-motivation
  • Highly organised
  • Great multi-tasker
  • Works well under pressure

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, 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!

Who we are and what we do

Wren & Rook is a highly innovative, market-leading non-fiction imprint with an outstanding track record in creating bestselling and award-winning non-fiction books for children of all ages within the Hachette Children’s Group (HCG), one of the largest children’s publishers in the UK. Newly acquired to Hachette Children’s Group is Laurence King Publishing, well known for its higher-end non-fiction highly illustrated books, alongside its commercial, fun, activity-based and gift titles.

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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