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Senior Designer for Wren and Rook (non-fiction), Hachette Children's Group

Who we are and what we do

Wren & Rook is a highly innovative, market-leading non-fiction imprint of the Hachette Children’s Group (HCG), one of the largest children’s publishers in the UK. Wren and Rook has an outstanding track record in creating bestselling and award-winning non-fiction books for children of all ages.

What you’ll be doing

An exciting and uniquely varied opportunity has arisen for a highly creative and organised senior designer to join the Wren and Rook 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’re 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

This is an exciting opportunity for a middleweight designer who is ready to take the next step up, or a senior designer looking for a new opportunities. The role is based in our London office on Victoria Embankment.

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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