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Junior Designer-Little, Brown Books for Young Readers At Hachette Book Group

Location: New York, New York

Job Description

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is seeking a dynamic and talented Junior Designer who will primarily be responsible for the design of the our Brand and Licensing Tie-in list, as well as our expanding IP and graphic novel program. This includes a wide variety of categories such as picture book, middle grade, young adult, graphic novel, fiction, and non-fiction. Working alongside the Art Director, this person will be responsible for seeing each project through the design process, including conception, approval, and production as well as providing general support for the Brand and Licensing Tie-in design group in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Create cover and interior mechanicals, as well as novelty components (stickers, posters, perf cards, box sets) from conception through the approvals process and prepping files for print.
  • Work closely with illustrators, freelancers, photographers, and licensors in the creation of cover and interior artwork while maintaining schedule and budget constraints.
  • Work directly with the Licensing Art Director, Editorial, Sales, Marketing, and Licensors to conceptualize cover designs.
  • Create designs that are appropriate for both physical and digital versions of the book, and can translate into multiple formats as well as advertising, sales and promotional materials for key titles on an as needed basis.
  • Manage schedules and licensor approvals of assigned projects to make sure key marketing, sales, and production dates are met.
  • Work closely with the Licensing Art Director to schedule and prepare materials for jacket, sales, and marketing meetings.
  • Manage administrative tasks for the license design group including uploading covers onto proprietary database (The Vault), archiving files, making sure “milestone dates” are recorded in Pubtracker database, maintaining the visual backlist.
  • Manage invoicing, comp copies, and contract tracking for the freelancers and illustrators used by the license design group.
  • Bring new ideas to the group for workflow, processes, artists/illustrators, and book concepts
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Licensing Art Director or Department Head

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s degree in art/design preferred
  • Ability to execute a broad range of designs that are appropriate for various age groups and formats (Picture Books, Chapter Books, 8x8’s, Junior Novels, Interactive Novelty Books, Sticker Books)
  • Knowledge of typography, illustration, and photography
  • Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash required; working knowledge of PDF workflow a plus.
  • Ability to maneuver through complex licensor approval processes and work with complex style guides.
  • Ability to attend to details and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Ability to manage in-house and out-of-house freelancers
  • Ability to take direction yet maintain intuition
  • Ability to stay current on top of new print and digital design trends
  • Solid print production experience required. Experience with digital production and PDF workflow preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A familiarity and enthusiasm for pop culture, film, television, and licensed toy brands