What you’ll be doing

The successful candidate will bringing their excellent design skills and passion for publishing to design market leading covers for our highly successful and commercial Fiction and Non-Fiction publishing, working closely with the publishing teams, as part of our dynamic creative team.

Reporting to the Creative Director, you will work with our editors to develop concepts, commissioning illustrators, freelance designers and photographers where necessary to help you deliver your goals. You will collaborate with your stakeholders, communicating effectively to ensure your work aligns with the editorial team’s strategy and the sales team’s routes to market.

Who we are looking for

An eye for detail is essential, as is a proven track record of successful design work in publishing, as well as a proven ability to work effectively across departments and with editors, authors and artists.

Skills and experience required:

  • Delivering creative solutions for the packaging of Headline’s full range of publishing
  • Project management
  • Negotiation
  • Briefing external illustrators, photographers and designers
  • Understanding of the digital and print production process
  • Exceptional Adobe Creative Suite skills

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 community days per year, many employee networks to join, 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 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

Headline Publishing Group has a fantastic opportunity for an energetic and enthusiastic Senior Designer to join the Creative Team.

Headline was founded in 1986 with a single promise at its heart: to publish the books people want to read. Sometimes, the simplest ideas are best.

Headline has spent over three decades creating bestsellers and our passion for the commercial means we are home to some of the UK’s biggest-selling authors and continue to invest in new talent with stellar sales potential. The non-fiction team publishers a host of bestselling authors including Matthew McConaughey, Sinclair McKay, James Acaster, Bryony Gordon, Bolu Babalola, Matthew Perry, Flea of the RHCP, Ben Stokes, James Barr and the Imperial War Museum. 

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 www.booktradeentrysupport.org


£31,000 – £35,000, dependent on experience (+bonus + benefits)

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