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Senior Designer

  • Application Deadline: Oct. 4, 2023
  • London
  • Hybrid
  • Application Deadline: Oct. 4, 2023
  • London
  • Hybrid

Job title: Senior Designer
Reports to: Art Director
Location: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London
Working pattern: Flexible remote working up to three days per week
Imprint: Group
Department: Design
Salary range: £33,000 - £45,000 per annum, depending on experience

General Summary

Bonnier Books UK is looking for a senior designer to join its award-winning design team, creating high impact covers across its growing adult lists.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a commercially-astute designer, looking to make their mark. You will have a particularly strong track record in commercial and narrative non-fiction, and ideally a passion to work on commercial/reading group fiction, as you will be focusing on the cover design for the company’s two growing adult trade divisions – comprising imprints Blink, John Blake, Lagom, Manilla Press, Zaffre, music imprint Nine Eight, Irish imprint Eriu, Ithaka, Heligo, and Black & White – however you will also have the opportunity to work across other genres.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years’ experience in trade publishing, with solid experience in commercial cover design. They will be a clear and confident communicator, with the ability to collaborate effectively with the editorial, sales and production teams to ensure that projects are delivered on time and to the highest standard.

A strong working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is essential.

Positive and pro-active in approach, you will enjoy working as part of a close-knit team. In return, we offer the opportunity to join a modern, vibrant and ambitious publisher, with fantastic benefits.

Key responsibilities

  • Designing high impact covers to brief and across a broad range of lists and genres, focusing initially on commercial and narrative non-fiction

  • Commercially astute with a keen interest in market trends and prepared to break the mould and push boundaries with designs

  • Liaising with the creative studio manager and other departments including editorial, production, and sales to ensure that projects are delivered on time and to the highest standard

  • Ensuring cover artwork is press ready and supplied according to printer specification

  • Presenting your covers with confidence

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 minimum of three years’ experience in a design role in publishing, ideally with experience designing covers for commercial non-fiction

  • A positive team player with a pro-active approach

  • A clear communicator, capable of working effectively with various teams and functions across the business

  • Good organisation skills with the ability to maintain schedules and meet deadlines

  • Strong working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite / Cloud

Please include a portfolio PDF when you apply.

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.

Joanne McGahan | Contact Person

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