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Usborne children's books, including Usborne foreign language editions, are produced by in-house editors and designers in the UK. Vacancies are advertised on this page.

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Senior Publicist, London

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

Usborne publishes over 300 beautiful, fascinating, innovative books every year, and has nearly 3000 titles in print in the UK. We also have a hugely interesting and talented staff: founder and MD Peter Usborne; a team of brilliant in-house writers; a 50+ strong art and design team; some of the industry’s most experienced sales people; and a hive of fresh talent. 

We are looking for someone with the drive, ambition, passion, enthusiasm – and contacts and experience – to help us to turn these fantastic assets into news stories, features and column inches. Usborne is lucky to be hugely well respected in the publishing industry and the book trade. We are looking for someone who can help us to maintain this position and who can translate this into increased consumer awareness of our brand. 

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator, dynamic, self-motivated, able to think creatively and a high achiever. It goes without saying that you should be able to get on with – and get the best out of – a wide range of people. You must be passionate about children’s books in general and (of course) Usborne books in particular. You will bring with you strong media contacts across a wide range of outlets, both in print and digital. 

This role would suit an experienced publicist who is keen to move into a more strategic role, working at a corporate level as well as on title and author specific campaigns across the entire Usborne list, including baby books, novelty and activity books, fiction and non-fiction. 

Reporting to the Director of Global Branding & UK Marketing, this role sits in the UK marketing & publicity team, but requires close contact with colleagues in sales, editorial and senior management. 

This is a full-time, permanent role, 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: 28th October 2017

Salary: £34,266-£39,191 (depending on experience) 

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

Videographer, London

We are looking for an enthusiastic freelance Videographer to join our dynamic multimedia production team on a part-time basis (two days a week in our office in central London) and help create video content that showcases the company’s vibrant publishing programme and the people behind it.

The Role

  • Film and edit video content to support marketing campaigns, social media strategy and PR activity
  • Work independently as well as part of a creative team to deliver projects
  • Collaborate closely with the Marketing team and Project Managers
  • Understand and work to brief, ensuring all aspects are met within a given deadline
  • Feel comfortable filming with Canon DSLR cameras and working on PC
  • Organise media, edit footage and sound files, create and insert static and motion graphics, titling, subtitling, add music and/or voiceover
  • Produce video content in line with the company’s identity, branding, tone and ethos

Qualifications and Experience

  • Proven experience in videography (shooting and editing)
  • Solid design skills in Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Proficiency in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects
  • Experience in creating online content is preferred
  • Self-motivated, highly organised person with drive and attention to detail
  • Love working in a fast-paced, adaptable environment and have an interest in children’s books
  • Students and graduates welcome to apply

Please send your CV with a link to your portfolio or showreel to the address below.

Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted.

Admin Assistant, London

We are looking for an Admin Assistant to join our admin department, whose responsibility it is to ensure that all the facilities necessary for the smooth running of our London offices are provided.

You will assist the Facilities Manager in all matters of general administration, including: providing cover and support for other members of the department; dispatching post; providing reception/switchboard cover as required; ordering office supplies; maintaining the company library; assisting with health and safety; some manual handling/lifting and much more. Competency in Excel and Word are also a requirement. Above all you will need to be versatile and willing to turn your hand to anything that arises.

This is a full-time role; part-time will not be considered.

Please send your CV and covering letter to:

Elaine Reeves
Usborne Publishing Ltd
83-85 Saffron Hill
London EC1N 8RT 

Only candidates of interest will receive a response.

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.

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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