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Deputy Head of Production

Who we are and what we do

Little, Brown Book Group is one of the most successful and dynamic publishers in the UK. Across thirteen imprints, we publish a wide a range of titles and pride ourselves on the quality, variety and diversity of our publishing output.

What makes Little, Brown special is our staff and our authors. Everyone who works at Little, Brown is talented, hard-working, and dedicated to doing the best possible job to bring our authors’ work to life for readers. We strive for excellence in all areas of what we do and we aim to be a truly diverse employer, with a workforce that reflects the world we live in.

What you'll be doing

An exceptional opportunity has arisen within the Little, Brown Book Group Production Department. We are creating a new role for a Deputy Head of Production as part of our development plans.

The successful candidate will be working with our small and talented production team. You will liaise with and develop relationships with key internal stakeholders at Little, Brown and across Hachette, as well as working with external suppliers. You will be closely involved in the running of the department and be responsible for a number of bespoke editions and special projects.

This role will involve working across our broad range of predominantly mono hardback and paperback titles, covering a wide variety of genres including popular fiction, crime, science fiction and fantasy, literary, memoir and wellness.

Who we are looking for

This is the ideal opportunity for someone who is looking to expand their ambition in production, ideally with a background in trade publishing.

  • A natural communicator, confident in building strong relationships with colleagues, suppliers and other stakeholders
  • A creative problem-solver and firefighter, commercial in outlook, who can offer up solutions to ensure books are cost effective, delivered in a timely fashion and remain on budget
  • Capable of working in a busy team environment, working collaboratively, with management experience
  • Highly organised with the ability to prioritise workload, multi-task and meet deadlines

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset, and our benefits reflect this:

  • 28 annual leave days per year, increases to 29 days after 2 years' service and goes up to 30 days after 5 years' (+ bank holidays)
  • Private medical insurance
  • Generous pension schemes
  • Rent deposit loans
  • 2 community days per year
  • Summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months)
  • Retail discounts through Hachette rewards
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Wide-ranging training library
  • Development programmes (including mentoring)
  • Up to 70% off book purchases
  • A charity bookshelf
  • 12 Staff-led employee networks that are voluntary, including Gender Balance, Thrive, Pride, All Together, Wellbeing and religious networks
  • Season ticket loans
  • 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.

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

Deputy Head of Production

Hachette UK, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing Support, Production, Management, Communications, Business Development
Salary description: 
£55,000+ dependent on experience (+bonus +benefits)

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