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Designer, Big Picture Press

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • London
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • London

Job title: Designer, Big Picture Press

Reports to: Head of Big Picture Press

Location: Bloomsbury Square, Holborn, London

Imprint: Big Picture Press

Department: Design

Salary range: £26,000 - £32,000 per annum (depending on experience).

Working pattern: Full-time. Flexible remote working up to three days per week.

General Summary

Are you passionate about illustration? Are you interested in how you can inspire readers through innovative design and typography? Are you wondering about your next move in publishing and are keen to establish yourself as a designer for some of the most beautiful non-fiction books on the market?

Bonnier Books UK is looking for a talented and highly creative Designer to join the Big Picture Press team. Reporting into the imprint head, as part of a supportive and friendly team, your role would be to project manage and creatively guide the creation of books, making sure all books are produced to the design quality and technical accuracy required, and on schedule. You will also have opportunity to contribute to the development of the programme through new ideas and acquisitions. This is a fantastic opening for someone looking to further their career in illustrated book design.

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate good knowledge of the non-fiction market, demonstrate exceptional design and typography skills, and have an eye for the very best talent in illustration. The Designer will be working across picture books, non-fiction and gift titles, so experience of different age ranges and formats is necessary. Knowledge of the graphic novel market and merchandising would also be of interest.

Big Picture Press books are created by, and made for, the incurably curious. With the publication of the Mizielinski’s Maps and Katie Scott’s Animalium in its first year, since Big Picture Press launched in 2013 it has made an indelible mark on the non-fiction market with its boutique range of illustrated gift books. Focusing on extraordinary visual presentation, Big Picture Press collaborates with artists such as Chris Wormell, Lara Hawthorne and Ximo Abadía to create visually inspiring books for readers of all ages around the world.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Creatively guide and coordinate the books in line with creative briefs, making sure all files are coordinated through the correct design approval workflow.
  • Research, brief and layout a wide range of books across different formats to make the best product possible.
  • Make sure all files are to the technical accuracy required and to the design quality expected during all stages – final files, plotter and advance stages.
  • Research and suggest ideas for the future publishing list, showing awareness of marketplace and trends.
  • Project-manage books in partnership with Editorial and Production, making sure key milestones are kept to and final files are supplied on time.
  • Liaise and manage 3rd-party contributors, including packagers, illustrators and other freelance agents that are needed to create a project.
  • Problem-solve and/or escalate problems in the correct manner and in good time to allow schedules to be hit.

Work with great people

Shane Hegarty
Head of Operations
"From my earliest days in the company I have been encouraged and enabled to have an appreciable input into how, when and what gets done — which is a rare thing to obtain, or sustain, in any company."
Nick Stearn
Art Director
"My first impressions when I joined Bonnier Books UK were: "'Wow, this company is so different." It acts in a different way, it has energy, it's exciting."
Blanche Carballo
Audience Development Lead
"I’m glad to work with amazing people each day, and to know that my ideas are heard. It’s exciting to be part of a company that has ambition and wants to make an impact in everything it does."

Skills & Requirements

Qualifications and Experience

  • A dynamic, proactive, team player
  • A very good understanding of the design process
  • Excellent technical skills on key software (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Experience managing illustrators, freelance designers and agents
  • In addition to being a fantastic designer, you will have excellent organisational skills, the ability to maintain schedules and meet deadlines and liaise closely with the editorial, sales and production teams to ensure that all projects are delivered on time and to the highest standard.

If you are interested in this role, please apply via our website. We look forward in hearing from you.

Bonnier Books UK is committed to building a diverse workforce through positive action. Currently, Black, Asian and Multi-Ethnic employees are under-represented in our workforce and we actively encourage applicants from these groups. For further information, please read our Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan here.

Great Place to Work

  • Competitive Salary

  • Working with a team of passionate, talented people

  • Internal learning and development programmes

  • Career Development opportunities

  • Fun social events

About the company

At Bonnier Books UK, we believe that every book matters. We love to publish stories and content that open our eyes to new perspectives and bring us closer together. We offer a nurturing home for our authors, illustrators and brand partners, publishing bestselling books for readers and listeners everywhere. We know that fantastic stories can come from anywhere and our purpose is to bring them to as wide an audience as possible, a simple ethos that has led to us becoming one of the country’s leading publishers.

The offspring of Bonnier Books, a family-owned top-15 world publisher headquartered in Sweden, we are inspired by a rich literary heritage but not bound by convention. We think in generations rather than quarters, and strive always to operate in an open, curious way that contributes to the future of the planet and its people. As a climate-neutral publisher we are an active participant in the Science Based Target initiative, committed to a strategy to limit global warming to 1.5 °C.

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