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Sales and Licensing Assistant, Children's in London at HARPERCOLLINS

Date Posted: 3/9/2018

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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.

Our multi-award winning Children's Book division are looking for a Sales and Licensing Assistant to join their team to provide support to the Key Account Director (Non-Trade), and the Commercial Brand & Licensing Development Director as part of the UK Sales Team. The role will require an extremely high level of organisation and initiative, a keenness to understand the mechanics of both Non-Trade Sales and Commercial Brand Development, as well as an ability to rapidly acquire a high level of competency on company systems and confident use of Microsoft Office applications.


  • Provide administrative support to the Non-Trade Sales and Commercial Brand Development areas of the Children's business
  • Support the Commercial Brand Development Director in all areas of merchandising, licensing, theatre rights, TV & film options, partnerships and creative solutions publishing for HarperCollins Children's key titles
  • Support the Key Account Director (Non-Trade) in management of key accounts
  • Key contact for both existing customers and partners, and for new business enquiries
  • Liaise and build strong working relationships across the business
  • Prepare customer presentations and generate sales reports and analysis
  • Provide analysis of sales figures and other data from internal systems
  • Oversee quarterly royalty reporting, liaising with merchandising partners and HarperCollins finance teams to maintain accurate royalty report documents.
  • Enter licensing and merchandising agreements into the HarperCollins contracts system
  • Ad-hoc administrative tasks
  • Take and circulate minutes for key internal and external meetings
  • Order samples and distribute material to customers as required

Key Skills/Experience

  • Admin experience
  • Experience of utilising Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Ability to communicate at all levels, both written and verbally
  • Professional, reliable, able to work quickly under pressure and use own initiative
  • Effective team player
  • Confident
  • Persuasive
  • Organised, efficient and proactive
  • Good attention to detail
  • Keen to progress
  • Interest in sales

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.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking internships. For more information visit

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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