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Editorial & Design Assistant (Colour Nonfiction)

£24,000 - £27,000 per annum, depending on experience

Based London or regionally

What you’ll be doing

Hachette Children’s colour nonfiction team has an exciting opportunity for an Editorial and Design Assistant. Reporting to the Editorial Director, Colour Nonfiction, this is a key support role assisting with all aspects of administration, co-ordination, acquisition and production to support the efficient running of the editorial and design departments. The key tasks of the role will include managing agendas, taking minutes, co-ordinating sales material, assisting with author/illustrator care, updating internal databases, copywriting, proofreading, managing reprints and diary management. Facilitating clear and timely communications with internal and external contacts is key to this role which is a full-time and permanent position.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a highly organised and efficient self-starter who works well under pressure and who demonstrates great attention to detail. You will have strong communication, numeracy and administrative skills, and will be comfortable managing multiple tasks and coordinating the day-to-day running of a busy department. A curiosity about, and a love for children’s nonfiction book design and illustration would be of benefit. You will be a proactive, solutions-focused team player who is capable of building positive working relationships with contacts at all levels.

What we offer

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!

This role can be based at our London office, or at any of our new regional offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Bristol, 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: 25 January 2022.

Editorial & Design Assistant (Colour Nonfiction)

Hachette UK, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Assistant, Publishing, Communications, Design, Business Development, Editorial
Editorial & Design Assistant (Colour Nonfiction)
Salary description: 
£24,000 - £27,000 per annum, depending on experience

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