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Art Director

What you’ll be doing

Have you ever wanted to design and package a Marina Abramovic game to reboot your life? A feminist card game or a gradient jigsaw that elicits calm in the player? We have an exciting opportunity leading a team to conceive, develop and deliver a bestselling product line. Focusing on the Laurence King imprint, you will work with some of the world’s best illustrators, designers, artists, and photographers to create beautifully produced gifts and books which are acclaimed for their inventiveness, beautiful design and authoritative texts.

Who we are looking for

The Art Director will play a key role in ideation, design and delivery reporting into the Orion Publishing Group Creative Director. You will lead your team on projects, working with editors to develop concepts and taking them from brief to execution. You will collaborate with internal stakeholders, authors and respond to retailer feedback, creating successful designs that surprise and delight.

Skills and experience required:

  • Delivering creative solutions for branding and packaging
  • Project management
  • Product development (preferred but not essential)
  • Negotiation
  • Briefing external illustrators, photographers and designers
  • Managing a team (preferred but not essential)
  • Understanding of the digital and print production process
  • Exceptional Adobe Creative Suite skills

With a proactive, problem-solving attitude, you will be adept at creating inspiring products, predicting issues and interpreting feedback. The role will suit someone who is looking to grow their skills and their experience through exposure to a wide range of design outputs and the design practice of fellow Art Directors.

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!

The role will be based at our London office, Carmelite House, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

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

In 2021 we won the Publisher of the Year award at the British Book Awards 2021, and our award-winning Communications team has a proud track record of creating high-impact, creative, sales-driving campaigns to help bring our books to readers.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside a multi-disciplined, award-winning team responsible for a wide variety of publishing. You’d be working in a creative and dynamic environment, utilising a wide variety of essential publicity skills to reach the widest possible readership.

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

Art Director

Hachette UK, London
Full-time, Permanent
Salary description: 
£42,000 - £45,000, dependent on experience (+bonus + benefits)

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