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Senior Fiction Cover Designer, Children's in London at HARPERCOLLINS

Date Posted: 1/5/2018

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Job Description

HarperCollins is one of the UK's foremost, diverse and innovative multi-platform publishers. We publish a wide range of books, from cutting-edge contemporary fiction, to block-busting thrillers and from fantasy literature to children's literature and enduring classics. We also publish a great selection of non-fiction titles, including history, celebrity memoirs, biographies, popular science, dictionaries, maps, reference titles and education books, and our digital business is thriving. With nearly 200 years of history, we publish some of the world's foremost authors, from Nobel prize-winners to worldwide bestsellers. In addition, we also publish the works of Agatha Christie, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an organised and proactive individual to join the HarperCollins Children's Design team as a Senior Fiction Cover Designer. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in children's books and design, as well as a solid knowledge of Adobe In-design, Photoshop and industry standard design programs. This is a creative position focusing on design, pre-media, and administrative aspects of bookmaking. You will be working closely on high profile books from concept to print, applying style guides, and presentation of work internally.

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter, including links to some examples of your work.


  • Create new and innovative design concepts for a range of titles
  • Design covers from concept to production
  • Understand editorial requirements and ensure regular liaison to reduce re-designs and complete projects to agreed deadlines
  • Liaise with production with regard to deadlines and finishes to ensure cover proofs and approved final jackets go to press on time
  • Establish good working relationships with colleagues in Sales, Editorial, Marketing and Production.
  • Develop and maintain a reliable list of freelance designers, photographers and illustrators.
  • Exercise a critical judgement of the work so that the quality of covers meets the commercial aims of the company.
  • Commission illustrators and attend photo shoots where required with the guidance of the Director of Cover Art.

Key Skills/Experience

  • Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator
  • Artworking skills, ability to multitask, work on own initiative, and work to deadlines
  • Innovative approach to design
  • Knowledge of the children's market
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisational skills
  • Team player
  • Able to effectively communicate outside the team
  • Able to take and give feedback/direction from others
  • Personable
  • Ability to prioritise multiple tasks
  • Good communication skills

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 apply via the link below with your CV, cover letter and salary expectations. Early applications may be prioritised.

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.


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