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Art Director

We are seeking a talented and inspiring Art Director to join our fast-paced design team working across 4 divisions - Fiction, Non-Fiction, AVON, One More Chapter.

The successful individual will be responsible for creating quality, commercial covers across all genres as well as managing the team. They will be expected to support the Creative Director in the day to day running of the department.

This role will report directly into the Creative Director.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create original, commercial book covers that lead the market across all genres

  • Support the Creative Director in the day to day running of the department, working alongside the Studio Manager to organise team priorities

  • Manage several direct reports, providing advice and art direction to ensure we consistently produce high quality solutions to briefs

  • Work with the Creative Director to critically evaluate the creative processes of the Design team.

  • Proactively generate new ideas that will improve the performance of the department and company

  • Work alongside other departments to create and deliver any additional assets or strategies required to publish our books

Experience and Skills Required

  • You will already have a portfolio of outstanding book cover designs that shows confidence in designing for all areas of the market

  • Proactive and highly organised with the ability to handle multiple projects at any one time

  • Ability to work quickly, to stringent deadlines, without impacting quality or attention to detail

  • A flexible, proactive attitude to adapt to demanding business needs

  • Respond to constructive criticism in a calm and professional manner

  • Expert skills in InDesign, Photoshop


  • Hybrid working model (2+ days in the office) 

  • 28 days holiday plus bank holidays (option to buy and sell holiday days) 

  • Enhanced pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave 

  • Private healthcare cover and life assurance 

  • Summer Hours  

  • Free access to HeadSpace, employee assistance programme (24 hour helpline), mental health first aiders, and a wellbeing portal 

  • Season ticket loans (from day 1 for entry level) and cycle to work scheme 

  • Relocation Rent Support Loan  

  • Employee networks: HC All In (open forum), Elevate (for ethnic minority colleagues), HarperParents, Menopause at Work and Pride at HC 

  • Unlimited training on our Learning and Development portal, management courses (up to MA level) and mentoring programmes 

  • Virtual GP and eyecare vouchers 

  • Gym membership discount 

  • Onsite physiotherapy (London only) 

  • Charitable donation matching and  2 volunteering days 

  • We're a certified Carbon Neutral company 

  • Free e-books and audiobooks, newspaper subscriptions and discounts on books 

  • Subsidised canteen and retail discounts 

  • Onsite prayer room

Please submit a portfolio of your design work as an additional document.

If you wish to discuss anything regarding this position and/or your application to this role, please reach out directly to with subject heading ‘Vacancy Query’ plus the job title and we will aim to get back to you within 5 working days.

Please note, if you are interested in the role you would need to submit your application via Applied. We do not accept email applications.

Art Director

HarperCollins, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Management, Communications, Design, Business Development
Art Director
Salary description: 
£60,000 - £70,000 (GBP)

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