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Senior Production Controller - HarperFiction

  • Team: Group Production
  • Salary: Permanent
  • Location: London, UK
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 23rd Oct 2022 BST

HarperCollins is one of the UK’s foremost, diverse and innovative multi-platform publishers. We publish a wide range of books, from cutting-edge contemporary fiction, to block-busting thrillers and from fantasy literature to children’s literature and enduring classics. We also publish a great selection of non-fiction titles, including history, celebrity memoirs, biographies, popular science, dictionaries, maps, reference titles and education books, and our digital business is thriving. With over 200 years of history, we publish some of the world’s foremost authors, from Nobel prize-winners to worldwide bestsellers.

Our Production team are looking for an experienced Senior Production Controller to independently manage the Fiction division’s most high-profile mono and illustrated trade books from a list of authors including J R Tolkien, Bernard Cornwell and Lucy Foley. Delivering on schedule and within budget. This is a great opportunity for someone who has several years of book production experience looking to join a forward-thinking and innovative company. This is a permanent position.

Key Accountabilities

  • A large emphasis on being able to work independently and managing upwards

  • Management potential, with the ability to fill in for the Production Manager/Director as and when required

  • Have the confidence and ability to chair progress, print sign off and ad-hoc meetings as required

  • Project management of high-profile titles keeping a tight control on costs/schedule/quality at every stage

  • Mentor, support and set an example to others in the Production team

  • Manage complex and high profile mono and illustrated titles (front/backlist)

  • Manage illustrated co-editions

  • Costing new titles, checking accuracy of costing forms before circulation

  • Check mono/colour proofs where necessary and make sure proofs are matched

  • Maintain excellent version control

Key Skills/Experience

  • A depth of both mono and colour book production experience  

  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written

  • Strong computer skills, Word, Excel and databases

  • Excellent numeric skills

  • Excellent organisational and project management skills

  • Prioritisation skills and the ability to support others

  • Calm under pressure

  • Meeting deadlines

  • Teamworker


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

  • 26 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

  • 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

  • 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 volunteering day

  • 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 our Talent Acquisition Manager at with subject heading ‘Vacancy Query’ plus the job title and we will aim to get back to you within 5 working days.

Senior Production Controller - HarperFiction

HarperCollins, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing, Production, Communications, Design, Business Development
Senior Production Controller - HarperFiction

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A depth of both mono and colour book production experience   Excellent communication skills, oral and written Strong computer skills, Word, Excel and databases