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Foreign Language Publishing and Rights Professional (native Mandarin Chinese speaker), London

We are looking for a proactive, motivated and highly organised individual with good administrative and communication skills to join our busy Foreign Language Publishing and Rights Department.

You will need to have good computer skills and be confident with Excel in particular. We are looking for someone numerate, with meticulous attention to detail and fluent Mandarin Chinese language skills (using simplified characters), as well as being proficient in both written and spoken English.

This demanding role supports our own Chinese language publishing programme as well as Rights licensing activities requiring excellent time-management skills, and would suit an individual with relevant previous experience in a busy and varied admin role.

Previous knowledge and experience in the publishing industry would be desirable.  

To apply for this position, please send a CV and covering letter to Paula Ziedna at

Closing date 13th April 2018. 

Salary: £27,798 - £31,136 (depending on experience)

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

Dutch mother-tongue editor (part-time, freelance)

We are looking for a part-time Dutch mother-tongue editor to work on Dutch-language books and marketing materials, on a freelance basis.

The successful candidate would work mostly from home but would need to make regular visits to our London office too.

Experience of working on children’s books is preferable, but not essential, as is some experience of InDesign.

Please send CV and covering letter to

Only successful candidates will be contacted and we regret that no correspondence can be entered into.

Marketing Campaign Manager (maternity cover, 9 month contract), London

Usborne Publishing, the largest and most successful independent children’s publisher in the UK, is looking for an experienced, motivated and diligent Marketing Campaign Manager to join its busy UK Marketing & Publicity team.

Usborne is an independent, family business, and was ranked #1 specialist children’s publisher in the UK in 2017. Each year we publish over 300 distinctive, engaging, accessible new books, and we have nearly 3000 titles in print. These range from books for babies such as the bestselling That’s not my… series to YA fiction from acclaimed authors such as Holly Bourne – with everything from Magic Painting to Politics for Beginners in between. The UK Marketing & Publicity team is responsible for promoting and publicising this entire list to trade customers and consumers.

We are looking for someone with the skills, experience, passion and enthusiasm to plan and implement effective marketing campaigns for a wide range of Usborne books: working to tight deadlines, managing budgets, delivering creative results and of course measuring return on investment.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in a similar role, promoting books to a range of audiences including booksellers and other retailers and reaching parents and young readers directly. This is a short term contract so you will need to hit the ground running with regard to both the creative side and managing the money. You must be passionate about children’s books in general and (of course) Usborne books in particular.

This role would suit an experienced marketer who is interested in working on a diverse range of campaigns across the entire Usborne list, including baby books, novelty and activity books, fiction and non-fiction. Usborne is a great place to work with a friendly, family ethos.

This is a full-time role, for nine months (maternity cover), based in our central London office.

Please send your CV and covering letter via email to Anna Howorth, Director of Global Branding & UK Marketing:

Closing date: Monday 26th March 2018

Salary: £31,136-£40,328 (depending on experience)

Only successful candidates will be contacted and we regret that no correspondence can be entered into.  

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.

Children's Book Designer, Wolverhampton

We are looking for a talented designer to create highly visual books for children. You will need excellent drawing skills, and should be able to work quickly, with imagination and inspiration to the highest standard.

We are based in a historic listed building in central Wolverhampton, with an independent cinema and café in the courtyard below. The train and bus stations are a minute's walk away.

Experience of working with Adobe Creative Suite is desirable.

Relevant degree qualification required.

Please send your CV and printed samples of your work on A4 or A3 paper (no CDs please) to:

Children's book designer
Usborne Publishing, Unit 37
The Chubb Building, Fryer Street

Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Six reasons to work at Usborne

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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.