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Creative Studio Manager

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

Job title: Creative Studio Manager

Reports to: Art Director, Adult Trade Publishing

Location: London

Department: Design

Salary range: £35,000 - £40,000 per annum

General summary

Bonnier Books UK is looking for an experienced studio manager to join our award-winning design team. The purpose of this role is ensuring that the studio runs as efficiently as possible, so that our designers can focus on delivering their best creative work.

You will be responsible for managing workflow within the design department, ensuring that covers and jackets meet their deadlines at each stage of production.

Reporting into the art director, you will be the primary contact for the briefing and delivery of covers, working closely with the editorial, production, marketing, and publicity teams.

As this is a newly created role, you will have scope to develop new workflow systems and streamline procedures and ensure a smooth publishing process.

A problem solver with strong attention to detail, you will be confident in communicating with colleagues at all levels and capable of pushing back and challenging when necessary.

Previous studio management experience within a publishing environment or similar creative field is encouraged, but not essential.

Work with great people

Alex Alexandrou
Head of Commissioning - Children's
"When I joined Igloobooks, I saw it as an exciting opportunity that would offer a completely different experience to any other design environment — I still like it after being here for over five years!"
Sahina Bibi
Marketing Executive
"My team is vibrant and fun — brilliant minds brimming with wonderful ideas. Though we each manage our own projects, we're always bouncing ideas off one another and brainstorming fresh new initiatives."
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."

Skills & Requirements

Essential job functions / responsibilities:

  • Project manage covers and jackets in line with the creative briefs, making sure key milestones are kept and final files are supplied on time
  • Facilitate best practice processes, creating and implementing deadlines, project goals, expectations and workflows that set the team up for creative excellence, whilst ensuring a smooth production process
  • Track progress and manage expectations, problem solving and escalating issues as appropriate to ensure that deadlines are met
  • Assess, probe and clarify creative briefs and help to assign the appropriate designer with the art director
  • Manage all aspects of the budget for each cover, along with financial tracking and controls
  • Liaise with third party contributors, including illustrators and other freelancer agents
  • Curate images libraries for artwork and brand assets
  • Administrative support in preparation for weekly cover meetings, preparing agendas and taking minutes
  • Empower the design team to deliver their best creative work, identifying emerging trends and opportunities

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

Bonnier Books is home to 13 adult and children’s imprints, publishing across a wide variety of genres, for different ages. From crime to reading group fiction; memoir to self-help; activity to reference – we believe every book matters.

Bonnier Books UK is owned by Bonnier Books, a family-owned company headquartered in Sweden. Bonnier Books is a top-15 world publisher.

Erika Van Aken | Contact Person

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