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Middleweight Designer

Job Introduction

Reporting to the Literary and Commercial art directors, you’ll be a key part of bringing our books to life, working alongside a team of highly creative, well regarded and hardworking designers who tackle the challenges of a diverse range of books. You will be a vital part of the team, expected to work across all of 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.  

Role Responsibility

This is an ideal opportunity for you to spread your wings, challenge yourself and tackle many publishing genres and look to push boundaries to help our books stand out. Your abilities will enable you to put yourself in the shoes of our reader 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. Strong Adobe Creative Suite skills and an established knowledge of print and digital reproduction know-how is also essential.

The Ideal Candidate

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 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.

Package Description

Little, Brown Book Group is one of the most successful and dynamic publishers in the UK. Across thirteen imprints, we publish as wide a range of titles as anyone in the industry, and pride ourselves on the quality, variety and diversity of our publishing output. The award winning Design Department is an essential part of this, looking after the creation of innovative and commercially successful book cover designs for all of the imprints.

Alongside our core role, our team is dedicated to the nurturing of future design talent through internships and student projects.

About the Company

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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Middleweight Designer

Hachette UK, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing, Communications, Design, Business Development
Middleweight Designer
Salary description: 
£31,000 - £35,000, dependent on experience (+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.