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Competitive salary

Parental leave cover


Who we are and what we do

Sceptre is the literary imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, part of Hachette UK. An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced publicist to join the Hodder & Stoughton communications team, with particular responsibility for the Sceptre list, on a parental leave contract for up to 12 months. The role will start in late February 2020 and the specific job title will be dependent on experience.

Sceptre publish international fiction and non-fiction that is thought-provoking, enriching, beautifully written and engages both heart and mind. Our award-winning authors include David Mitchell, Siri Hustvedt, Andrew Miller, Hans Rosling, Chris Cleave and Anne Griffin.

What you’ll be doing

Covering the parental leave of a senior publicist, you will be working on a range of literary fiction and non-fiction titles, managing every element of the campaigns, as well driving awareness for the Sceptre brand within the publishing industry. You will report to the Hodder & Stoughton Communications Director, and may occasionally work on a select number of titles from the Hodder list too.

Who we’re looking for

We are looking for someone with a passion for literary fiction and non-fiction who is capable of securing innovative and widespread publicity coverage and delivering exceptional author care. You will work closely with colleagues in editorial, marketing and sales to deliver fully integrated campaigns that drive sales and raise author profiles. Enthusiastic, well-organised and creative, you will demonstrate excellent communication skills and established media contacts in the world of literary publishing. You will enjoy developing partnerships and arranging author events with bookshops, festivals and other organisations. Curious, energetic and highly motivated, as well as efficient and organised, you will have a strong understanding of all the elements needed to make a title commercially successful.

What we offer

We offer a dynamic, fun and vibrant environment within an enthusiastic and creative team. As part of Hachette, you will have access to competitive benefits, an extensive training library and development schemes, such as mentoring. The role is based at Carmelite House in Blackfriars, London.

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.

We also recognise the importance of a good work-life balance, and champion flexible working, including part-time and job shares for all our roles. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process if this is something you want to explore.

To apply: please send your full CV and a covering letter to:

Closing date: Monday 18 November 2019.

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are only able to get in touch directly with shortlisted candidates. If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please do let us know.


Hodder & Stoughton, London
Contract, Full-time, Maternity Contract, Maternity Cover, Temporary
Brand, Campaigns, Executive, PR, Publicity, Marketing, Sales