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Senior Production Controller (9-12m, Fixed Term Contract), Orion

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

What you’ll be doing

As an experienced publishing professional you will work across a broad range of fiction, non-fiction, illustrated books and gift products.


You will plan, control and carry out all production tasks of pre-press and manufacturing to ensure cost-effective, timely and quality production of new publications, gift products and reprints.


This role is an exceptional opportunity to make a significant contribution to the production of some of the most engaging and eye-catching projects from this award-winning publisher

Who we are looking for

We would love to hear from you if you…

  • Are an experienced production professional with technical knowledge of print and how books are made, including digital formats and workflows
  • Are a natural communicator – confident in building strong relationships with colleagues, suppliers and other stakeholders
  • Can negotiate the best prices while maintaining high levels of quality and timely delivery
  • Thrive in a busy team environment where you are encouraged to solve problems collaboratively
  • Have strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise workload, multi-task and meet deadlines


Desirable but not essential for the role:

  • Experience of Biblio
  • Knowledge of safety testing


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!

This role can be based at our London office, or at any of our new regional offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Bristol, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

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


We won the Publisher of the Year award at the British Book Awards in 2021, and our Production team are key to making every book and gift a success. We are a friendly, collaborative and passionate team working across the entire publishing programme for Orion. Our imprints include Gollancz, Laurence King, Orion Fiction, Orion Spring, Phoenix, Seven Dials, Trapeze, Weidenfeld & Nicolson and White Rabbit.

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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