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Senior Designer, Templar Books

Reports to: Publishing Head

Location: London

Working pattern: Full-time. Flexible home working, up to three days per week

Imprint: Templar Books

Department: Design

Salary range: £32,000 - £40,000 per annum (depending on experience)

General Summary
Bonnier Books UK are looking for a highly creative and talented senior designer to join our Templar Books imprint. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to further their career in book design and work across a broad range of projects.

Founded in 1978, Templar publishes original, illustrated children’s books designed to inspire curious minds. From vibrant board and novelty books to high-end, commercial picture books and non-fiction for the primary school age range, Templar creates innovative and creative books for all readers. We have a reputation for cleverly conceived concept publishing with an emphasis on paper innovation, stylish design and contemporary illustration for an international audience.

The senior designer will project manage and creatively guide the creation of books within the allocated team, as well as contribute to the development of the programme through new ideas and acquisitions. The senior designer will ensure all books are produced to the highest design quality, on schedule with the technical accuracy required, as well as guiding junior members of the team.

Key responsibilities

  • Creatively guide and coordinate the books in line with the creative briefs, making sure all files are coordinated through the correct design approval workflow for the team.
  • Research, brief, layout, art edit and sign-off on a wide range of books across different formats and novelties to make the best product possible.
  • Make sure all files are to the technical accuracy and the design quality required during all stages – final files, plotters and advance stages.
  • Research and suggest ideas for the future publishing list, showing awareness of marketplace and trends.
  • Project-manage books in partnership with editorial and production, making sure key milestones are kept to and final files are supplied on time.
  • Liaise with and manage 3rd-party contributors, including packagers, illustrators and other freelance agents that are needed to create a project.
  • Problem-solve and/or escalate problems in the correct manner and in good time to allow schedules to be hit.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Excellent technical skills in key software (Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud)
  • Experience managing illustrators, photographers, designers and agents
  • A passion for children’s books and will have expertise in picture books, non-fiction and novelty book design/illustration
  • In addition to being a fantastic designer, you will have the ability to maintain schedules; meet deadlines; and liaise closely with the editorial, sales and production teams to ensure that all projects are delivered on time and to the highest standard.

If you are interested in this role, please apply via our website. We look forward in hearing from you.

Bonnier Books UK is committed to building a diverse workforce through positive action. Currently, Black, Asian and Multi-Ethnic employees are under-represented in our workforce and we actively encourage applicants from these groups. For further information, please read our Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan here.

Bonnier Books is home to 13 adult and children’s imprints, publishing across a wide variety of genres, for different ages. From crime to reading group fiction; memoir to self-help; activity to reference – we believe every book matters.

Bonnier Books UK is owned by Bonnier Books, a family-owned company headquartered in Sweden. Bonnier Books is a top-15 world publisher.


Senior Designer, Templar Books

Bonnier Books, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing, Research, Communications, Data, Design, Business Development, Project Management
Senior Designer, Templar Books
Salary description: 
£32,000 - £40,000 per annum (depending on experience)

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Excellent technical skills in key software (Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud)