What you’ll be doing
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented, motivated and creative Designer to join the Hachette Children’s Picture Books and Preschool team in a full-time position. Reporting to the Art Director for Picture Books and Preschool, you’ll design a select number of titles from start to finish.
Working closely with the editors and the Art Director you’ll be involved in the development of new and existing titles predominantly in the Preschool area, developing novely formats as well as designing young picture books and occasional marketing material.
You will need to ensure that all work is delivered to the highest standard and on schedule, and that all administration and file management is up to date and accurate.
You’ll be involved in every aspect of the design process, working closely with staff in all other departments.
Who we are looking for
We are looking for a highly creative and organised Designer to join the Hachette Children’s Group, working on the Picture Book and Preschool list. The successful candidate will have excellent design and visual communication skills, experience and/or interest in preschool novelty formats, as well as outstanding collaboration and project management capabilities.
This is a broad and varied role, and the right candidate will embrace working closely with the editors and the Art Director in the development of new and existing titles, exciting preschool novelty formats, and occasional marketing material.
We are looking for a versatile Designer who is aware of trends and likes to develop new ideas. We need you to bring a positive, can-do approach and a desire to build strong relationships with your immediate team, other departments, as well as illustrators, authors and agents.
An understanding of good design and a passion for picture books and preschool novelty is essential.
Applicants should also have an appreciation and enthusiasm for the illustrators who work within this area of the market.
An excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is essential.
What we offer
Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 28 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 community days per year, 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 and Beast Quest.
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.
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