Senior Designer, Picture Books & Non-Fiction

HarperCollins Publishers

  • Team: Farshore
  • Salary: 12 month Fixed Term
  • Location: London, UK
  • Closing: 5:00pm, 7th Dec 2021 GMT

Perks and benefits

Healthcare
Retirement benefits
Wellness programs
Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
Extra holiday
Professional development
Mentoring/coaching
Cycle to work scheme

Candidate happiness

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Job Description

Introduction to the role

The Farshore Design team at HarperCollins have an exciting opportunity for a creative and talented Senior Designer with ambition and strong vision to join our Design team, working on the picture book and Illustrated non-fiction list. This position is a fixed term contract for up to 12 months.

Working closely with The Publisher, Editorial and Design team, the candidate will be a champion of the picture book and non-fiction list, identifying and acquiring both new and proven talent. They will have responsibility for developing appropriately targeted and commercial books for children.

Key tasks and accountabilities

  • Developing new picture books and non-fiction titles in line with the publishing strategy

  • Assisting the Deputy Art Director

  • Identifying and bringing new and proven illustration talent to the list – building strong relationships with agents and universities

  • Identifying opportunities and ideas to develop the backlist and trend-led IP products

  • Negotiating freelance and illustration costs to keep within budget

  • Attending and presenting at cover meetings

  • Knowledge sharing within the team (e.g. software/design/concepts/formats/trends)

  • Managing Design admin tasks for your titles (e.g. invoicing/contracts/file management)

  • Making corrections for reprints where required

 

During your first six months you will...

  • Bring new talent to the list

  • Develop strong relationships with the picture book and non-fiction team

  • Lead an IP growth or trend-led project

  • Support the importance of diversity and inclusion

  • Offer key assistance to the Deputy Art Director

Experience and skills required

  • Creative flair and proven experience in designing market leading covers and interiors – specifically for picture books – suitable for children aged 3-7 yrs.

  • Experience of negotiating with and commissioning illustrators, either directly or via agents

  • Ability to deliver clear, commercial briefs and art direction for all areas of the market

  • Experience in overseeing freelance designers and/or mentoring more junior members of staff

  • Vision and ambition to make the titles you design a commercial success

  • Relevant consumer, trend and market awareness

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, for both internal and external meetings

  • Good team player who is focussed on strong author and illustrator care

  • Excellent organisational skills

If you wish to discuss anything regarding this position and/or your application to this role, please reach out directly to our Senior Recruitment Manager at Kally.simmonds@harpercollins.co.uk with subject heading ‘Vacancy Query’ plus the job title and we will aim to get back to you within 5 working days.

 

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Tue 7th Dec 2021

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Removing bias from the hiring process

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  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

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