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Fiction Editorial Assistant, London 

Usborne Publishing is the largest independent children's publisher in the UK. Usborne Fiction has enjoyed a period of growth and success and we're now looking for a highly organized person to join our editorial team. You will provide support in all aspects of book production, including keeping systems and records updated, maintaining schedules, proofreading, and liaising with authors, agents and internal departments. 

You will need to have an excellent eye for detail, great communication and time management skills, and a genuine passion for children’s books.  

This is a permanent contract, starting as soon as possible. The salary will be £28,797 per annum.

Please apply with your CV and a short covering letter to

Closing date for applications: 21st June 2019

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

­Marketing Materials Designer, Foreign Language Publishing

We are looking for a designer, preferably with German other European languages, to work on a range of catalogues and marketing materials in several languages within our dynamic Foreign Language Publishing department.

The successful applicant will be highly creative and imaginative, as well as able to work to detailed briefs and to strict deadlines. He or she will have some experience of working within a creative, commercial environment, and will have proven ability in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Other languages, including French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, will be an advantage, but not essential.

This is a permanent, full-time position.

Please send CV, covering letter and samples of work to:

Closing date: 14 June 2019.

Please note that only candidates invited for interview will be contacted.

Children's Book Designer, London

This is an incredible opportunity to join Usborne's large, dynamic and diverse art and design department.

Usborne already employs more than fifty designers, each of whom plays a vital role in shaping the look and feel of the company's vibrant publishing programme.

We are now expanding and looking for fresh talent: designers with flair who can innovate and imagine as well they can draw; creative thinkers with excellent draftsmanship; people who can work quickly to a high standard; who understand the importance of colour and typography – and who are passionate about getting beautifully designed books into the hands of children. 

Experience of working with InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator is also desirable.

Please write to us including your CV and printed samples of your work to the address below.

Children's book designer
Usborne Publishing Ltd
Usborne House
83-85 Saffron Hill

Please note that only candidates called for interview will be contacted.

Equal opportunities

Usborne is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Usborne offices

Usborne Publishing is based in London, near Farringdon Station. Our editorial, design, production, foreign rights and foreign language departments are all based in this office, as well as marketing, PR, sales, and accounts.

We have additional editorial and design offices in Wolverhampton and Eynsham, near Oxford, and our direct sales division, Usborne Books at Home, is also based in Eynsham.

Jobs for all locations are advertised on this page.

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