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Would you like to turn ideas that matter into bestselling books?

Magic Cat Publishing are looking to expand their team with a designer.
We are an award-winning new children’s indie making waves across the industry – and we are excited to be growing our outstanding creative team with this role.

The candidate would be flexi-working from our offices in Bethnal Green.
Top quality design is one of the key building blocks of our list so the right candidate will have

  • a keen design eye, specifically in typography
  • a desire to uncover the best illustration talent
  • problem-solving skills
  • good time management

The candidate will be running their own projects alongside an editor, so an ability to make visual and editorial content work together seamlessly is key.
The role will cover a variety of illustrated book formats including gift, novelty, picture book and non-fiction so experience of different styles and formats will be required.

As well as running a variety of book projects, the candidate will be helping with the day-to-day support of design work and design admin across the business including design for marketing purposes.

This candidate will play a key role within our hard-working and dedicated team to bring our books to the world. We’re looking for a driven individual who is excited by the Magic Cat ethos and the creative opportunities to innovate within the children’s industry that our growing independent house can offer.
Responsibilities would include:

  • Managing the development of content-rich book layouts from conception to delivery under the Art Director’s guidance.
  • Working closely with Editorial to make books that are original, engaging and commercial.
  • Creating outstanding cover designs that get noticed.
  • Building on existing Magic Cat brands, utilising the backlist, and creating unique new products.
  • Helping to market our books with engaging design for online channels and other outlets.
  • Arranging titles for print and overseeing sign off and proof stages.  
  • Designing pitch materials for new projects.
  • Monitoring and manage the workflow of deliverables and files with a small number of freelancers, as well as co-edition partners.


  • Proficient in Abode InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat.
  • Confidence to communicate visual opinions and ideas within the creative team.
  • A can-do attitude with the ability to be agile and responsive to a variety of tasks.
  • Capability and flexibility to prioritise and multitask effectively.
  • Ability to work independently and carefully manage your workload and deadlines.
  • Novelty book experience preferable.
  • At least 1 year prior publishing experience

Full time

Competitive salary based on experience

Closing date – 30th June

To apply please send a CV and design portfolio to Nicola Price, art director


Magic Cat Publishing, London
Children's Publishing
Publishing, Design
Salary description: 
Competitive salary based on experience

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Proficient in Abode InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat., At least 1 year prior publishing experience