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Global Content Marketing Executive, London

A new and exciting role has arisen at Usborne Publishing, the UK’s leading specialist children’s book publisher, for a Global Content Marketing Executive. Usborne is an independent, family business which creates engaging, innovative, accessible books for children of all ages. It is also a global organisation, publishing books around the world, in English and a number of foreign languages. This role has been created with the purpose of streamlining brand communications, ensuring the Usborne brand is represented in a consistent manner in all markets.

We are looking for a bright, creative and strategic marketer with a range of hands-on production and design skills including as many of the following as possible:

  • ability to write clear and engaging copy
  • take great photos

  • shoot and edit videos
  • graphic design
  • basic animation

We would also like the successful candidate to contribute to social media strategy and campaigns to promote the Usborne brand, so they must be confident in both creating and sharing engaging content, and monitoring and analysing its impact.

The successful candidate will be someone who can come up with an idea and execute it themselves, creating and distributing a range of assets using a variety of media. They will be someone who understands the Usborne brand in an instinctive way as well as strategically, and who is able to communicate brand messages, clearly and articulately, to a range of stakeholders.

As well as creating content, they will be responsible for maintaining a central repository of assets, which can be accessed by colleagues across Usborne, so they will need to understand what people from a range of functions need, and how they want to access it.

This role is perfectly suited to someone who loves to work across a range of media and see a project through from start to finish, working with other teams and independently, juggling tasks and meeting deadlines. It is essential that they are proficient using a broad range of creative software including Photoshop, be an excellent copywriter, have a good eye for a stylish photo, and be a skilled strategic communicator who can build excellent working relationships with people at all levels.

The ideal candidate would have 2 or more years experience in a similar role. Publishing experience isn’t essential, but a passion for children’s books is!

We are willing to consider anything from 3 days per week to full time for the right candidate, and are offering £31,136-35,219 per annum (or pro rata thereof) depending on experience, as well as a range of benefits. This role is based at our London office, in Clerkenwell.

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

Closing date: Monday 6th August 2018

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

Marketing Campaign Manager (fixed term contract, 9 months), 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. 

We are willing to consider anything from two to five days per week; this is a fixed-term contract for nine months, 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 23rd July 2018

Salary: £31,136-£40,328 (depending on experience) – or pro rata thereof 

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.

Six reasons to work at Usborne

Make a difference to children's lives, be creative, give back to charity and more: read our Six reasons to work at Usborne.

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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