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Designer (Middleweight)

Are you passionate about illustration? Are you interested in how you can inspire readers through innovative design and typography? Are you keen to establish yourself as a designer for some of the most beautiful non-fiction books on the market?

A UK leading publisher is looking for a talented and highly creative Designer to join their team. Your role would be to project manage and creatively guide the creation of books, making sure all books are produced to the design quality and technical accuracy required, and on schedule. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the programme through new ideas and acquisitions.

With a good knowledge of the non-fiction market, you will demonstrate exceptional design and typography skills, and have an eye for the very best talent in illustration. You will be working across picture books, non-fiction and gift titles, so experience of different age ranges and formats is necessary.

This is a fantastic opening for someone looking to further their career in illustrated book design.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Creatively guide and coordinate the books in line with creative briefs, making sure all files are coordinated through the correct design approval workflow.
  • Research, brief and layout a wide range of books across different formats to make the best product possible.
  • Make sure all files are to the technical accuracy required and to the design quality expected during all stages – final files, plotter and advance stages.
  • Research and suggest ideas for the future publishing list, showing awareness of marketplace and trends.
  • Project-manage books in partnership with Editorial and Production, making sure key milestones are kept to and final files are supplied on time.
  • Liaise and manage 3rd-party contributors, including packagers, illustrators and other freelance agents that are needed to create a project.
  • Problem-solve and/or escalate problems in the correct manner and in good time to allow schedules to be hit.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A dynamic, proactive, team player
  • A very good understanding of the design process
  • Excellent technical skills on key software (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Experience managing illustrators, freelance designers and agents
  • In addition to being a fantastic designer, you will have excellent organisational skills, the ability to maintain schedules and meet deadlines and liaise closely with the editorial, sales and production teams to ensure that all projects are delivered on time and to the highest standard.

At Wonderful Recruitment we provide opportunities for candidates to discover some of the most interesting and dynamic roles in the industry. For more information about this role please send your CV and portfolio PDF to Charlotte -

Designer (Middleweight)

Full-time, Permanent
Children's Publishing, Publisher
Publishing, Design
Designer (Middleweight)
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Industry competitive and benefits

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Excellent technical skills on key software (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) Exceptional communication skills