HarperCollins Publishers

Senior Designer (Maternity Contract)

Based: London
Level: Senior
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract: Fixed-term
Applications Close: 21 March 2019
Twitter: @HarperCollinsUK
Job Listing Added: 19 February 2019

HarperCollins is one of the UK’s foremost, diverse and innovative global, multi-platform publishers. We publish a wide range of books, from cutting-edge contemporary fiction to block-busting thrillers, fantasy literature and children’s classics and best-selling non-fiction including history, biography, cookery, popular science, reference and education.

With 200 years of history, we publish some of the world’s foremost authors including G. R. R. Martin, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Cecelia Ahern, David Walliams and the classic works of Agatha Christie, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Our HQ team are looking for a Senior Designer to cover maternity leave, designing covers for our commercial imprint HQ and occasionally designing for Mills & Boon. Also included in the role is the marketing design, across all imprints. This role would be a perfect opportunity for a designer to move into a senior design role.

• Work with the Head of Design to define progress and shaping of solutions to individual briefs and deadlines
• Manage covers from concept to production ensuring they are delivered on time and on budget
• Create new, innovative and market-leading design concepts for a range of titles across all genres
• Be proactive in looking for fresh design solutions, new illustrators and new formats
• Understand editorial requirements and ensure a detailed brief is taken at the beginning of the design process.
• Manage the workload of the design intern and support where necessary
• Liaise with Head of Design regarding deadlines and finishes to ensure cover proofs and approved final jackets go to press on time
• Attend weekly Cover Art meetings, discuss feedback, agree, and implement changes to the design and feed back to the team or freelancers effectively
• Adhere to brand guidelines were necessary
• Excellent knowledge of creative resources including illustrators, photographers, designers, agents, and photo libraries
• Ability to deal with people issues effectively
• Adopting a ‘big picture’ view of the workflow and knowing when to step in and restart a project

Key Skills/Experience
• Experience in cover design
• Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Design Degree or equivalent
• After Effects experience, desirable but not necessary
• Solid experience of freelance management
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Innovative approach to design
• Strong communication and influencing skills
• Comprehensive portfolio.
• A love of design and books
• Ability to multitask, work on own initiative, and work to deadlines.
• Innovative approach to design.
• Attention to detail
• Good organisational skills
• Team player

We’re based in the News Building which we share with our News UK and Dow Jones colleagues in the newly-established London Bridge Quarter, opposite the famous Borough Market. Our new open-plan office has amazing views across London, and includes a variety of break-out areas to aid inspiration and a collaborative approach, a multi-media suite, and a fabulous canteen floor and book shop.

Please note: We consider all applicants based on their skills, experience and ability to do the job. We do not unfairly discriminate on the basis of convictions or other personal information. We do require candidates to undergo employment screening in accordance with the relevant local legislation. This will only happen at the point an offer of employment is made.

Overview of HarperCollins

Our mission at HarperCollins is to harness the power of great publishing and to amplify it through world class marketing, global strength, and relentless innovation. We are all working towards the same goal, and we do it guided by what matters most to us. The culture at HarperCollins is defined by our six values, which inform our everyday actions and the way we behave. From Finance to Editorial, our values shape the way we work.

PUTTING OUR AUTHORS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING. Their success is our first concern.
WORKING TOGETHER. Sharing responsibility, helping colleagues, listening well, embracing difference, and enjoying what we do.
LEARNING & ADAPTING. Taking smart risks, learning from experience without blame and being both curious and willing to change.
LOOKING OUT AS WELL AS IN. Understanding the consumer, the marketplace and the competitive environment.
LEADING NOT FOLLOWING. Staying ahead, looking to the future, being bold and always aiming to be the best.
INTEGRITY IN ALL WE DO. Timely, open and honest communication, being fair, principled and respectful.

How to Apply

Please apply by emailing your CV and cover letter, along with your portfolio or link to portfolio to: [email protected]