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Senior Production Controller, NonFiction in London at HARPERCOLLINS

Date Posted: 10/2/2018

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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.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a dynamic and talented Senior Production Controller to produce products from one of the most commercially successful imprints, HarperNonFiction, renowned for successful TV tie-ins, big-name autobiographies, amongst an array of some of the biggest celebrity writers around.

Reporting to the Production Director, the Senior Production Controller will be working within the Group Production team to produce front-list titles (colour & mono), reprints, co-editions and ebooks. We're looking for an experienced individual who will confidently produce the products within the agreed budget, quality and lead-time requirements. As well as strong organisation and communication skills, we're looking for someone with a creative spark to make contributions to product development and new publishing concepts with a keen eye for detail. You must be able to work to deadlines and be able to prioritise your workload.


  • To control print and digital projects from conception to conclusion, including costing, setting schedules and progress chasing as well as giving input to project specifications
  • To maintain accurate records and data within the production system
  • To ensure quality standards are met through quality checking pre-press and printer proofs, final printing materials and finished copies
  • To ensure products are produced within budget through estimating and maintaining costs (print, paper and bind costs as well as plant costs); negotiating with suppliers; presenting accurate final costs and processing invoices
  • To maintain communication with the appropriate creative teams through the attendance of weekly progress meetings, where the Senior Production Controller will be expected to advise on schedules and budgets
  • To manage relationships with internal colleagues and external suppliers, ensuring that information is disseminated throughout the business in a clear and visible manner
  • To maintain systems such as the Digital Asset Management system and Purchase Order System, ensuring the upload of accurate files and information in a timely manner
  • To deputise for the Production Director as appropriate and support other members of the team

Key Skills/Experience

  • Significant work experience within trade book production, including colour repro and print
  • Working knowledge of ebooks
  • Experience of managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Sound knowledge of technical processes involved in the origination and manufacture of books
  • Very well organised with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal / relationship building skills
  • Strong IT skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Tools
  • Good numeracy skills and communication skills - both written and oral
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and support others in team
  • Commercially aware
  • Calm, good-natured individual with the ability to work well under pressure and a flexible, positive approach to problem solving

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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