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Designer, Hodderscape

Who we are and what we do

For the past 150 years and counting, Hodder and Stoughton has proudly published quality, bestselling fiction and non-fiction across some of the biggest brands in the world, and across a multitude of genres. Our authors include global sensations John Connolly, John Grisham and Stephen King, broadcasting stars Sara Cox, Clive Myrie, Graham Norton and Lucy Worsley, and contemporary fiction and literary gems John Connolly, Stephanie Garber, Mike Gayle, Sophie Hannah and David Nicholls, to name but a few. We are also proud to publish non-fiction hits by household names including Ella Mills, Stuart Broad, Johannes Radebe, Paris Fury and more.

Hodderscape is Hodder & Stoughton’s vibrant, and fast growing, science fiction, fantasy and horror imprint, publishing adult and young adult speculative fiction. Our authors include Stephanie Garber, Laini Taylor, Kerri Maniscalco, Elizabeth Lim, Chloe Gong, Pierce Brown, Becky Chambers, Tad Williams and many more. We are never afraid to be out of this world, and we are looking to publish the very best commercial SFF.

We have enjoyed countless bestsellers, celebrated hundreds of awards and welcomed authors and colleagues from every part of the world through our doors. A passion for creativity, inclusivity and drive for ambition are imprinted on everything we have done throughout the past century and a half, and on what we do now.

What you'll be doing

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented, motivated and creative Designer to join the Hodder & Stoughton Art team, specialising in designs for our new Hodderscape imprint. You will be a vital part of the team, delivering creative excellence for our wide range of Hodderscape titles, handling the creative process from initial brief to final artwork. You will need to ensure that all work is delivered to the highest standard, on schedule and within budget. You’ll work closely with staff in other departments, developing great working relationships and demonstrating strong skills in conveying ideas and effectively interpreting feedback.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a dynamic and organised creative with solid experience within the publishing industry and a portfolio ideally across a range of fiction, with some non-fiction experience a benefit. You will be an active reader and consumer of the fantasy genre to ensure that your market knowledge is up-to-date and that you are clear about the design skills required for different sub-genres within the SFF area. You should possess a meticulous eye for detail, have great communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team. Strong Adobe Creative Suite skills and an established knowledge of print and digital reproduction know-how is also essential.

In your application, please submit your CV and a Portfolio of recent relevant work (which is in the cover letter section).

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!

This role can be based at our London or Sheffield office 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

Designer, Hodderscape

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing, Communications, Design
Designer, Hodderscape
Salary description: 
£30,000 - £32,000 dependent on experience and location (+bonus +benefits)

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Strong Adobe Creative Suite skills and an established knowledge of print and digital reproduction know-how is also essential