Designer, Farshore (12m FTC)

HarperCollins Publishers

Employment Type Full time 12 months FTC
Location Hybrid · London, City of, UK
Salary £30,000 - £35,000 (GBP) depending on skills and experience
Team Farshore
Seniority Mid-level
  • Closing: 11:55pm, 16th May 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 (24545)

Job Description

Farshore is looking for an experienced Designer to join its market leading licensed publishing division. Our list boasts the biggest brands in the world such as Minecraft, Pokémon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Hasbro, Beano, Genshin Impact and Match Attax. The Designer will have a passion for this area and be able to bring knowledge, authority and creative excellence to the role.

Key Responsibilities

  • To design and develop appropriately targeted books for children and inspire them to read – in line with the publishing strategy for your area

  • Delivering books to production on time and within a set budget

  • Management of: budgets, planning, workloads, schedules, reprints, origination, freelance and commissioning. Excellent verbal and written communication.

  • To have relevant consumer, trend and market awareness in order to help develop new concepts

  • To have an expert knowledge of brands assigned to lead on

  • To positively represent and promote Farshore (ie. licensor, agent, author care; social media)

Skills Required

  • Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite

  • To have relevant consumer, trend and market awareness in order to help develop new commercial concepts and ranges

  • To develop books from start to finish with an awareness of the end consumer and the costs involved

  • To commission artwork and freelance design within budget and to a high standard

  • Project management to ensure final files are delivered on time and on budget

  • Working with Farshore’s internal systems and processes to ensure efficient workflow

  • Presenting design concepts, approaches and work in progress to various internal and external stakeholders

  • To take a design lead and champion certain brands within the department

The Farshore Division Values

Colourful – We believe in the power of reading – the ability to make the fantastical real, and the real, really fascinating. With creative flair, we bring together the hottest authors and biggest brands to create a never-ending catalogue of incredible characters and exciting stories – to inspire young minds and spark a lifelong love of reading.

Open – We are dedicated to publishing books which celebrate the diverse lives found in classrooms and communities across the UK. We engage directly with our consumers to discover their wants and needs, and invite opinion – so that we can support parents, carers, educators and gift-givers in choosing the right books for children.

Dynamic – We pride ourselves in leading the way forward in children’s publishing. Drawing on long held knowledge and expertise, we operate with passion and optimism. We are energetic. We never stand still. We are committed to spotting the latest trends and embracing innovation, in order to grow reading and secure the future of our industry.

Empowering – We understand how reading can have a positive impact on every area of a child’s life – improving wellbeing, building communities and enriching lives far beyond the pages of our books. We work hard to break down the barriers to reading and make resources available for free for families, teachers and anyone


  • 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, Pride at HC, Social Mobility Network and Neurodiversity at Work

  • 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

  • Green Electric/Hybrid Car Benefit Scheme (salary sacrifice)

  • With Trees for Life we plant a tree in the Highlands of Scotland for every permanent hire

  • Free e-books and audiobooks, digital 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 16th May 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 16th May 2024