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Designer / Middleweight Designer

Who we are and what we do

Little, Brown's identity is personified by our innovative, dynamic and free-thinking people. Across our thirteen imprints, you won't find a wider range of titles anywhere in UK publishing. We pride ourselves on quality and diversity. A repeat recipient of the Publisher of the Year award, we're one of the most successful and dynamic publishers in the UK.

Little, Brown is a division of Hachette, one of the largest publishing groups in the UK, with 12 publishing divisions and over 60 imprints. Everyone here is proud to be in the business of opening doors and minds.

What you'll be doing

Reporting to the Literary Art Director, you’ll be key to bringing our books to life, working alongside a team of highly creative, well regarded and hardworking designers who tackle the challenges for a diverse range of books. You will be a vital part of the team, expected to work across all our imprints, handling the creative process from initial brief to final artwork. You’ll have creative autonomy and the opportunity to commission illustrators, photographers and other designers. A major part of your day will be the development of great working relationships with our editorial teams where strong skills in conveying ideas and effectively interpreting feedback will be key.

Who we are looking for

This is an ideal opportunity for somebody looking to gain more experience in a busy and creative department. You’ll be enthusiastic about the challenge of working across many publishing genres and to look at pushing boundaries to help our books stand out. Your abilities will enable you to put yourself in the shoes of our readers and design a cover that strongly engages with them. You’ll need proven design experience, an impressive portfolio that demonstrates all your design talents, have a love for problem solving, possess great communication skills and have strong abilities to creatively respond to feedback. 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, cover letter, 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 Manchester 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 www.booktradeentrysupport.or

Designer / Middleweight Designer

Little, Brown Book Group, London | Manchester
Full-time, Permanent
Publisher
Administration, Publishing, Production, Communications, Design, Online
Reference: 
Designer / Middleweight Designer
Salary description: 
£28,000 to £35,000 dependent on experience and location (+bonus +benefits)

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You’ll need proven design experience, an impressive portfolio that demonstrates all your design talents, have a love for problem solving, possess great communication skills and have strong abilities to creatively respond to feedback.