Designer: Text-led Non-Fiction Wren & Rook, Hachette Children's Group

Hachette UK
50 Victoria Embankment, London, United Kingdom
£26000 - £30000
19 Aug 2021
16 Sep 2021
Contract Types
Full Time
Design Disciplines
Advertising, Editorial, Other, Print, Retail
Job Functions
Designer, Illustrator

What you’ll be doing

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a passionate and organised designer to join us to work on this incredible list. This is a fast-paced, highly creative role and the successful candidate will be working specifically on the older end of the list, focussed on designing covers and insides for our highly-commercial, narrative non-fiction titles aimed at middle grade, teen and crossover audiences.

In addition to cover and layout design, seeking out emerging illustrators and developing new and innovative formats and finishes is essential to ensuring as many readers as possible have access to the brilliant ideas, voices and experiences that form the list.

Who we are looking for

An eye for detail is essential, as well as an ability to work effectively across departments and with agents, authors and artists.

Key duties and skills:

- Design books (covers and interiors), and occasional marketing material

- Brief and oversee freelance designers

- Manage scheduling of titles into production, meeting budgets and deadlines

- Work closely with the editors and Art Director in the development of new and existing titles

- Ensure administration, including, approvals and file management, is up-to-date and accurate

- An excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is essential

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, Private Medical Insurance, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 volunteer days per year to use at your charity of choice, many employee networks to join, delicious subsidized canteen food, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

The role will begin working from home due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions, but once normality resumes this role will be based at our London office, Carmelite House, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

Hachette Children’s Group, a division of Hachette UK, publishes a huge range of books for children and young people from the ages of 0 to 18. Our stable of author and illustrator talent includes Cressida Cowell, Leigh Bardugo, Matthew Syed, Patrice Lawrence, Dr Ranj Singh, Juno Dawson, Neal Layton, Dermot O’Leary, Sinéad Burke, Onjali Q. Raúf, Bryony Gordon, Giles Andreae, Lauren Child, Matthew Burton, Alex T Smith, Alice Oseman, Kes Gray and Jim Field, to name just a few.

On our market-leading Wren & Rook imprint, a team of dedicated non-fiction specialists publish bestselling books that make a difference. Wren & Rook launched in 2017 – with subjects such as growth mindset, smart thinking, equality, resilience and wellbeing at the heart of our publishing. Since then, we have published award-winning and bestselling books including the winner of the British Book Awards – Matthew Syed’s You Are Awesome, the number 1 bestseller – Bryony Gordon’s You Got This, the An Irish Book Award winner – Sinéad Burke’s Break the Mould, the Telegraph Children’s Sports Book of the Year – Matt Oldfield’s Unbelievable Football and the recent Sunday Times bestseller – Dr Ranj Singh’s How to Grow Up and Feel Amazing!. We are at the forefront of the revolution in children’s non-fiction.

Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking junior roles. For more information visit

Hachette UK

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