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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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Current vacancies

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Freelance German Editorial Assistant, London

We are looking for a freelance Editorial Assistant to join the German team in the Usborne Foreign Editions department to start in September 2017.
This is an ongoing role for a fixed 3 days per week at the London offices.

You will be supporting the German editors with editorial work on German-language books including setting, proofreading, some translating, archiving and corresponding with external editors.

We require a native German speaker with a good feeling for the language and its style, fluent in English, with proficient computer skills (Windows OS) and who enjoys working in a team. Knowledge of other European languages is desirable but not necessary.

Basic Adobe InDesign skills and previous experience in publishing are an advantage, but not essential.

Please send your CV and short cover letter via email to:

Only candidates of interest will receive a response.

Closing date: 21 August 2017

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, London

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 and a tight brief; 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 send your CV and printed samples of your work (no CDs please) 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.

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.