Art director

Artistic Director, Children’s Fiction – London

We are looking for a highly experienced, dynamic and confident design leader specializing in children’s fiction, working across all age ranges from young illustrated fiction, intermediate to YA. This is a newly created role for a talented designer with a vision, to help steer our fiction slate into the future, ensuring growth in line with strategy.

The Bloomsbury Children’s Fiction List is focused on the intermediate level and proven experience in this area is essential. We want to create trusting commercial brands and strong author/illustrator partnerships. Our goal is to be market leaders rather than followers on the shelves and tables of fiction. Your current portfolio should reflect design flair, innovative creativity and commercial sensibility.

The Bloomsbury Children’s Fiction list already publishes award-winning and acclaimed authors such as Katherine Rundell, Catherine Doyle, Jessie Burton, Sarah Crossan, Neil Gaiman and Meg Rosoff. Caring for authors is at the heart of our philosophy and we are committed to developing new talent as authors and illustrators.

As well as excellent design skills, the role may involve managing a designer, being responsible for mentoring and managing their workload, and finding and informing independent resources.

The Artistic Director will support the Creative Director, acting on their behalf in their absence. The support role will be required to oversee the day-to-day running of the department and chair meetings on behalf of the Creative Director.

This role reports to the creative director.

The role

  • Develop and oversee projects from initial designs to final print-ready files, create original front-list covers, bespoke designs for special sales, and reinvent the bottom-list, all while always maintaining quality and l integrity of our publication
  • Be able to make thoughtful illustrator selections for projects and find and develop new illustration talent
  • Effectively manage your list and meet critical path requirements
  • Work as part of a team, with common goals for growth through quality publishing and brand extension
  • Manage and mentor more junior members if the team
  • Hire and manage freelance designers
  • Maintain excellent relationships with illustrators, agents and external stakeholders
  • Negotiate fees and draft contracts with Agented illustrators
  • Committed to maintaining our high standards of quality and integrity while ensuring our growth
  • Be a Bloomsbury Ambassador

Skills, knowledge, experience

  • Highly creative designer with a proven track record specializing in children’s fiction. Ideally, you are currently working as an assistant/deputy art director and have experience managing and mentoring junior colleagues.
    We will also consider applications from talented Senior Fiction Designers, with at least 5 years of senior experience, who are able to demonstrate that they are ready to move to the next role level.
  • The ability to problem solve and find solutions to design challenges, in order to deliver materials on time.
  • Possess strong presentation skills and the ability to inspire confidence in your work and design choices.
  • Current trading knowledge of UK and global markets
  • The ability to work as part of a team, working with editorial, sales, rights and marketing and advertising
  • A proven track record of working with author and illustrator brands and a track record of sensitively managing significant relationships is essential
  • Technical proficiency in all creative suite programs: InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Strong experience in 4 color and monochrome printing processes. Proficient in creating open files (including cover finishes) and print-ready PDFs for reproduction and printing.
  • Strong, clear and confident communicator
  • Practical, highly organized and ambitious to deliver the best results

Further information

The role is a permanent full-time position

The role is based at our London office 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP on a 2 day in office / 3 day from home (or fully in office if preferred) hybrid work model. The office days allocated for this role are: Monday and Tuesday

Please apply with a CV and cover letter addressed to Human Resources (Word or PDF format only) via the “APPLY NOW” button detailing how you meet the requirements outlined above for this role by April 8, 2022.

Bloomsbury reserves the right to close the position early if we exceed the required number of applications

Benefits of Bloomsbury

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join an award-winning global organization, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive advantages:

working model

  • hybrid work model of: 2 days in the office / 3 days at home (or entirely in the office if you prefer)


  • 25 days vacation
  • 3.5 days Christmas company vacation

Other benefits:

Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an extra 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week

Subscription loan

Sharesave program

Home doctor

Eye Care Voucher Program

That day – online fitness classes, mindfulness, cooking classes, workshops, etc.

Corporate culture ! – Employee voice meetings, staff networks (BAME, disability, mental health, LGBTQ+ and parents, guardians and carers), 15 mental health first aiders trained in UK offices, publication events and access to resources free publications

For additional benefits, see below

Bloomsbury is a place where anyone of any origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability or socio-economic status can thrive, feel comfortable and be heard and accepted. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are willing to make reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process, please report to the recruitment team if necessary

Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.

The company

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the original publisher and trustee of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic names. Read our story to find out how it all started.

Bloomsbury is committed to creating a work environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration, respects difference, is inclusive and ethical in its practice, and promotes well-being. We are committed to nurturing and developing our people to reach their full potential, and we know that our success is built on the passion, commitment and hard work of our talented people. We recognize the urgent need to attract and support candidates from all backgrounds and identities to be part of the global publishing industry, allowing diverse voices to reflect and shape our culture and society.

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