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Assistant Editor/Junior Editor (Preschool & Picture Books)

£26,000 –£28,000 per annum, depending on experience

Based London or regionally

What you’ll be doing

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an extremely well organised and confident Assistant Editor/Junior Editor to join the Hachette Children’s preschool & picture book team in a full-time position. Reporting to the Senior Commissioning Editor, you’ll provide administrative and editorial assistance to the preschool & picture book team. You’ll act as editorial lead on designated titles, and provide editorial support on others, helping to ensure that all titles are accurate, consistent and delivered on schedule. You’ll assist with the day-to-day running of the preschool & picture book list, inputting information and ensuring the smooth running of editorial systems.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a highly organised and efficient Assistant Editor/Junior Editor with excellent communication skills who is confident managing multiple tasks and tight deadlines. You should have experience in the publishing industry, and experience of preschool and/or picture books would be of benefit.

This is a broad and varied role, and we are looking for somebody who will embrace working collaboratively with teams across the organisation. We need you to bring a positive, can-do approach and build strong relationships with your immediate team, other departments, as well as authors, illustrators and agents.

What we offer

You will be joining a friendly, creative, collaborative team of editors and designers, helping to deliver bestselling, award-winning titles from some of the biggest authors and illustrators in children’s publishing.

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

Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) is one of the largest children’s publishers in the UK, with an excellent track record in creating bestselling and award-winning books for children of all ages. We publish bestselling picture book, fiction and non-fiction authors and illustrators and licensed brands including Cressida Cowell, Leigh Bardugo, Onjali Q. Raúf, Clare Balding, Kes Gray, Jim Field, Jessica Townsend, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Alice Oseman, Matthew Syed, David Almond, Lauren Child, Rachel Bright, Patrice Lawrence, Marion Deuchars, Dermot O’Leary, Nick East, Dean Atta, Francesca Simon, Alex T. Smith, Tim Peake, Zanib Mian, J.K. Rowling, Giles Andreae, Guy Parker-Rees, Pippa Curnick, Maz Evans, L.D. Lapinski, Benjamin Zephaniah, Rashmi Sirdeshpande, Piers Torday, Akala, Juno Dawson, Dr Ranj, Simon Farnaby, Rainbow Magic, Beast Quest and Pokémon.

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

Hachette UK

Closing date: 1 February 2022

Assistant Editor/Junior Editor (Preschool & Picture Books)

Hachette UK, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Assistant, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Assistant Editor/Junior Editor (Preschool & Picture Books)
Salary description: 
£26,000 –£28,000 per annum, depending on experience

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You should have experience in the publishing industry, and experience of preschool and/or picture books would be of benefit.