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We at Walker believe in creating something special.

 

We bring children fun and engaging stories by the best authors and illustrators, which can be experienced in innovative ways.  If you would like to be a part of this, please see below for our current vacancies.  Plus, you can also check out our tweets for job alerts! 

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Current Roles Available

 

Role: Rights Assistant - Two roles available (One temporary 12 months and one permanent)

Reports to: Senior Foreign Rights Manager

 

Introduction to this role

This role will assist the Foreign Rights Managers in the selling of co-editions, it will support the team with book fairs, business trip preparations and follow-ups, and it will provide administrative support to the team.

 

Key Responsibilities

Co-Edition Printings:

  • Assist Foreign Rights Managers in mail out of proofs, finished copies and PDFs
  • Support Foreign Rights Managers in keeping records of interests, submissions, rejections and contact details up to date on Biblio system
  • Request printing costs and schedules from the Production department after discussion with the sales team
  • Order files from the Production and IT departments and sending these to co-edition publishers when needed
  • Send publishers’ text files to Design Support for checking
  • Provide support to the Foreign Rights Managers in gaining plotter/advance approval
  • Provide support to the Foreign Rights Managers on shipping and invoicing queries from co-edition publishers
  • Liaise with co-edition publishers regarding renewal/reversion of expired rights

 

Sales Trips/Sales Presentations/Book fairs:

  • Assist with hotel/restaurant/travel arrangements for fairs and sales trips
  • Provide support so that proofs, dummies, special presentation material, and finished copies are produced and collected on time
  • Help with packing boxes and compiling packing list for book fairs
  • Help with book fair catalogue mail out
  • Help with book fair/sales trip appointment scheduling as required

 

Administration:

  • Send out contracts to foreign publishers and liaise with Contracts and Accounts departments on tracking signatures and payments
  • Send out biographies, photos, reviews and marketing plans to foreign publishers
  • File foreign editions and pass these on for mail out to authors/illustrators/agents
  • Help in keeping submission copies and proofs stocked and organised in the department

 

Skills, Knowledge & Experience:

  • Excellent administrative skills with an understanding of the importance of a sales support role in relation to customer service and business development.
  • Able to prioritise work given specific deadlines, juggling multiple projects and requests without close supervision, with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft office applications – Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Adobe Professional desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, confidence in communicating with other departments as well as foreign publishers.
  • Foreign language skills advantageous.

 

Personal Specification:

  • An interest in international publishing, book production and the co-edition process.
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise multiple tasks and to work calmly under pressure.
  • Enjoy working as part of a team, and making a positive contribution to the team. 

  

Salary: Competitive with a great benefits package

Location: Vauxhall, London

Contract Type: Two roles available - One permanent full time and one 12 months full time. 

Closing date: 18th November 2018

If you are interested in applying for this role please send your CV and Cover Letter to recruitment@walker.co.uk   

 

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Role: Senior Production Controller (Maternity Cover) 

Reports to: Head of Production Services

 

Below is a short snippet regarding this role, if you are interested and would like to see the full job description, please email recruitment@walker.co.uk

 

Introduction to this role

This role will use advanced technical and supplier knowledge to manage the ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ Character list and Board Book lists, working on Special Sales, Co-Editions and other group production titles, as assigned. Also, to deputise and provide cover to Production Managers as required. 

 

Key Responsibilities

 

Management

·    Produce ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ Character list / board list, provide feedback and updates to line manager and share experiences at production team meetings.

·    Continuously work to improve systems of working and solve problems that arise

·    Manage workloads by discussing new projects, requirements

New project/reprint production

·    Originate and arrange for the printing and delivery of new and front list  titles and reprints on group projects/ titles as assigned.

Schedule/List control

·    Keep aware of progress on titles across the area of responsibility

·    Support and consult with other production colleagues

Advanced technical

·    Produce supplier specifications for different product types

·    Use advanced technical knowledge of colour repro, print, paper, binding,co-edition printing,  delivery, packaging and safety requirements and any design issues to prevent and solve problems

Supplier Management

·    Develop good working relationships with suppliers to achieve excellent results

·    Negotiate on price and make suggestions to achieve cost savings

Scheduling/project management

·    Work with designers and editors to define specification at initial stages and manage project through to final delivery

·    Throughout project: plan, maintain and monitor schedules, set up and attend meetings to report on progress and solve problems as they occur

·    Have regular meetings with Group Production Director and Head of Production Services

Costing

·    Cost projects economically, by considering various specification options and supplier cost comparisons. Presenting options in a timely fashion and to agreed response times, particularly to facilitate special sales/ co edition orders

Technical

·    Input into Biblio and other company systems on a regular basis to ensure they are up-to-date

·    Use understanding of principles of repro, printing and delivery to produce specifications

Administration

        ·    Carry out general housekeeping, setting an example with particular regard to invoice               instruction / invoice approvals and administrative tasks across the department.

 

Salary: Competitive with a great benefits package

Location: Vauxhall, London

Contract Type: Full Time, Temporary contract to cover maternity leave

Closing date: 18th November 2018

If you are interested in applying for this role please send your CV and Cover Letter to recruitment@walker.co.uk  

 

 

New roles coming shortly - so please keep checking in! 

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Walker Books is strongly committed to protecting personal data. The personal data you provide in your application and as part of the recruitment process will only be held and processed for the purpose of the selection processes of Walker Books and in connection with any subsequent employment or placement, unless otherwise indicated. Your data will be retained only for as long as is permitted by UK legislation and then destroyed.

 

We are always on the lookout for talented people from a range of different backgrounds to work with us.  We aim for diversity in our staff so that we will reflect more closely the community we work in and the people who we make our books for.  As one step towards this, we have signed up to the Equip Publishing Equalities Charter.

Walker encourages applications from ethnic minorities as they are currently under-represented. Consequently, we have partnered with Creative Access to ensure we reach a more diverse audience.

 

 

Work Experience & Internships:

We offer work experience placements at our lively and welcoming Vauxhall office, in a range of different departments and aim to provide a rewarding and engaging experience.

If you are interested in an opportunity at Walker Books, please email recruitment@walker.co.uk with;

- A little about you, any previous work experience or studies

- Why you are interested in an opportunity at Walker

- If there is any specific departments or roles you are interested in, including the dates that you are available

 

Submitting Illustrations and Manuscripts:

If you would like to submit a manuscript or find out how to illustrate books for us please visit the Your Questions page here

 

We can't wait to hear from you!