Designer, HQM&B and Pavilion (12m FTC)

HarperCollins Publishers

Employment Type Contract 12 months FTC
Location Hybrid · London, City of, UK
Salary £30,000 (GBP)
Team HQ, Mills & Boon, and Pavilion
Seniority Mid-level
  • Closing: 11:55pm, 11th Apr 2024 BST

Perks and benefits

Work from home option
Retirement benefits
Wellness programs
Employee Assistance Programme
Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
Extra holiday
Professional development
Paid volunteer days
Flexible benefits scheme
Cycle to work scheme

Candidate happiness

8.67 (23993)

Job Description

This is a designer position within the Design team for the imprint HQM&B. We are looking for someone with knowledge of design systems who is keen to take on a position in which they can learn and grow. The Designer will be responsible for creating fiction and nonfiction cover designs and sometimes marketing materials that relate to the books you design. We are looking for someone who has experience designing book covers in various genres.

Key Responsibilities

  • Designing fiction and non-fiction covers and taking them from concept to print.

  • Creating new, innovative and fresh cover designs that are market leading.

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

  • Supporting the design team to create a steady workflow.

  • Liaise with the Creative Director regarding deadlines and artwork approval.

  • Managing design admin tasks for your titles (e.g. raising PO’s/freelance contracts/file management, picture permission and licensing within budget).

  • Overseeing the occasional freelance designer.

  • Designing marketing materials; such as advance proof copies of books, print ads, digital ads, social media assets.

Experience and Skills Required

  • After Effects, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator are all essential

  • A Design Degree / course/ some experience

  • Creative flair and proven experience in designing market leading covers, across various genres

  • Relevant consumer, trend and market awareness

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and to work on tight deadlines when needed.

  • Strong communication skills

  • Ability to carry out picture research and licensing of images

  • A love of design and books

  • Excellent organisational skills

  • Team player


  • Hybrid working model (3 days in the office)

  • 28 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 

  • Summer Hours  

  • 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 

  • Relocation Rent Support Loan  

  • 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  2 volunteering days 

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

Please note, if you are interested in the role you would need to submit your application via Applied. We do not accept email applications.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Thu 11th Apr 2024


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 Thu 11th Apr 2024