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Senior Designer, Picture Books & Preschool

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.

What you'll be doing

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated, organized and highly creative designer to join the Hachette Children’s Picture Books and Preschool team in a full-time position.

Reporting to the Art Director, you’ll act as design lead on a select number of titles from start to finish.

Working closely with the Editors, Production, Sales and Rights you’ll be involved in the development of new and existing titles and series across both picture books and novelty preschool formats, as well as designing 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 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 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 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:

  • 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!

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.

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.org

Senior Designer, Picture Books & Preschool

Hachette UK, London
Full-time, Permanent
Children's Publishing
Administration, Management, Communications, Design, Business Development
Salary description: 
£34,000 - £38,000 dependent on experience (+bonus +benefits)

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