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­Marketing Materials Designer, Foreign Language Publishing

We are looking for a German-speaking designer (fluent in English) 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: 20 May 2019.

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

Foreign Language Publishing Executive, London

Usborne Publishing, one of the world’s leading children’s publishers, is looking to recruit an Executive for its Foreign Language Publishing department in London.

We are looking for candidates with fluent Italian, as well as being proficient in both written and spoken English. French language would also be advantageous, but is not an absolute must.  A background in Foreign Rights Sales or similar would be ideal for this role. This role supports our operations in the Dutch and Italian, and occasionally also our French language markets, as part of our busy commercial team. 

The work will include operational administration of our foreign language programs, including stock control, distributor liaison, preparation of catalogues, sales leaflets and marketing materials, compiling monthly sales reports with market commentaries, and liaison with our internal Production Editors and Production teams.  We are looking for meticulous attention to detail, and candidates who are numerate, computer literate and confident with Excel and other Microsoft Office software.

This is a permanent contract, starting as soon as possible.  The salary will be £32,255 per annum.

Please apply with your CV and a short covering letter to

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 7th May 2019

Only successful candidates 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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