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Marketing Director, HarperFiction (FTC)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Marketing Director to join HarperFiction and lead our award-winning marketing team on a fixed-term contract to cover a period of parental leave.

HarperFiction is one of the UK’s most successful commercial fiction publishers, with a reputation for innovation and market-leading campaigns that deliver breakout success.  

We publish some of the biggest and bestselling brands in fiction, from Jeffrey Archer to Karin Slaughter, Lucy Foley to Dilly Court. We’ve achieved chart-topping success with our inexhaustible event publishing, including Rebecca F. Kuang’s Yellowface, Bella Mackie’s How to Kill Your Family and Abigail Dean’s Girl A. And we’re home to legendary names, Agatha Christie, George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien. Complimented by our literary imprint, The Borough Press, now celebrating their tenth year, and British Book Award’s ‘Imprint of the Year’, HarperVoyager.

There has never been a more exciting time to join HarperFiction. In this role you’ll lead the high-performing marketing team, help shape the future of the HarperFiction list and deliver industry-leading campaigns.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading the HarperFiction marketing team

  • Line management of 2-3 senior marketers

  • Setting and day-to-day management of the marketing budget and team allocation

  • Key stakeholder in cover art, acquisitions and P&Ls

  • Working closely with the MD/Publisher, UK/International Sales Directors and Publicity Director on publishing strategy and future planning for the division

  • Overseeing and delivering strategic, creative and innovative campaigns for key releases and authors across the division

  • Empowering the marketing team to share learning and put innovation and creativity at the heart of their campaigns

  • Reacting to market pull, continually measuring and evaluating success

  • Promoting a culture of collaboration across the division, working closely with Publicity, Sales and Editorial to ensure that all stakeholder needs are met

Experience and Skills Required

  • Significant experience of setting and delivering marketing strategy within a trade publisher

  • Experienced people leader and manager

  • Highly organised and able to manage multiple competing deadlines, prioritising and delegating effectively  

  • Budget management

  • Understanding of the commercial fiction market and book buyer

  • Able to create and deliver successful author pitches

  • Experience of working collaboratively with multiple senior stakeholders

  • Creative flair  

  • Calm under pressure

  • A team player with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with multiple stakeholders across the business and externally

  • Data-driven and results-focused


  • Hybrid working model (3 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 

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.

Marketing Director, HarperFiction (FTC)

HarperCollins, London
Contract, Full-time
Administration, Publishing, Management, Marketing, Communications, Acquisitions
Marketing Director, HarperFiction (FTC)

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Significant experience of setting and delivering marketing strategy within a trade publisher Experienced people leader and manager