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Trade Marketing and Events Manager, Octopus Publishing Group

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

What you’ll be doing

The Trade Marketing and Events Manager will be responsible for creation and communication around all trade and consumer-facing marketing materials. The role will encompass event management, budget management, working across departments, liaising across the business, and relationship building.

In your day to day role, you will work closely with booksellers, trade press, designers, commissioning editors and the UK and International sales teams. You will collaborate with your Publicity and Marketing colleagues to create innovative and effective press and marketing materials on frontlist titles, as well as working on and establishing ongoing projects within the team.

Who we are looking for

This role would suit a sales or marketing professional with proven experience. You don’t need to have worked in publishing before but a creative eye and a passion for books is essential. You’ll be reporting to the Group Publicity and Marketing Director and the role will involve working across the whole Octopus Publishing Group list.

You’ll be able to work collaboratively as part of a team as well as independently and will bring enthusiasm and new ideas to our publishing activities. You’ll be creative with an eye for detail that enables you to make eye-catching imagery for marketing materials, online sites, social media, as well as seeing design briefs through from conception to installation. While video and photoshop skills aren’t essential, they will occupy a decent amount of your time, so some prior knowledge of design/editing software will give you an advantage. Events, bookshop collaborations and creating strong visual identities for books will also be a big part of your job, so you’ll be up for a challenge and ready to make our books stand out from the crowd. This is a social role, you’ll be speaking with booksellers and colleagues across departments every day, often going to events, so you’ll need to be a people person.

You will have strong copywriting skills and creative problem solving skills. You will be confident presenting your ideas at external and internal meetings. You’ll love a challenge and always be looking for new ways to make our books stand out.

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

At Octopus we publish books for everyone. Our aim is to enlighten, nourish, entertain and most of all inspire readers and listeners everywhere. We’re looking for a creative and organised Trade Marketing and Events Manager to join our award-winning Publicity and Marketing team.

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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