Job Description

HarperCollins is one of the UK’s foremost, diverse and innovative global, multi-platform publishers. We publish a wide range of books, from cutting-edge contemporary fiction to block-busting thrillers, fantasy literature and children’s classics and best-selling non-fiction including history, biography, cookery, popular science, reference and education.

With 200 years of history, we publish some of the world’s foremost authors including G. R. R. Martin, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Cecelia Ahern, David Walliams and the classic works of Agatha Christie, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

The Audio Assistant, reporting to the Group Audio Director, will be a key part of the audio team who deliver the HarperCollins best-in-class audio programme, for both our commercial audio and short-form audio content.

This is a perfect role for someone who has some administrative experience combined with passion for and knowledge of audio and the publishing industry.

This is a junior position where administration and support for the team forms the backbone of the role and the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time is crucial. This is also an exciting role that offers development opportunities working with the world-class editors to learn new skills whilst working in the exciting and growing audio publishing industry.

Our audio programme covers everything from picture books to literary novels, fantasy to celebrity memoirs and this role assists with the audio publishing programme from start to finish. Responsibilities will include keeping on top of delivery schedules, reporting and traffic management, liaison with the various Divisions and external studios, managing invoices, helping with retailer queries, co-ordinating with US publishers to buy and sell masters, developing social media ideas and assets and managing the SoundCloud account.

We’re looking for someone who is highly organised, collaborative with effective time-management and mulit-tasking skills to be the essential admin support for the audio team. In addition, someone who has creative ideas and is keen to work with the team to contribute to HarperCollins continuation in audio publishing innovation.

Responsibility

  • Creation and distribution of progress reports and schedules
  • Collation of manuscripts for recording
  • Commissioning and management of cover art
  • Liaising with Trade Divisions and external suppliers/agents
  • Maintenance of bibliographic database
  • Archiving of audio and art files
  • Creation of audio clips and extracts for marketing
  • Raising purchase orders, tracking invoices
  • Management of SoundCloud account
  • Generating ideas and creating social media assets
  • Basic editing of audio clips
  • Respond to any customer enquiries regarding digital and physical products
  • Actively seek out opportunities to buy and sell masters to and from US publishers
  • Create and distribute audiobook extracts to marketing and publicity teams
  • Liaise with studios and producers on required file formats and resolve issues

Skill Requirements

  • Basic knowledge of production techniques and editing practice would be desirable
  • Ability to think creatively and “outside the box”
  • Can work independently and as part of a team
  • Self-motivation and adaptability
  • Ability to prioritise workload efficiently and manage multiple projects
  • Can work effectively under pressure, react quickly and meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent administration and organisation skills
  • Basic level of experience in the publishing/audio publishing industry e.g. community radio, podcast production, internship
  • Attention to detail e.g. via proof-reading or other related tasks
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines
  • Familiarity with publishing agreements and other copyright licences would be helpful but not essential
  • Knowledge of social media and creating social assets
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent command of the English language and excellent writing skills
  • Proficient MS Word; Excel; Outlook
  • Effective multi-tasker
  • Love for audio combined with a love of books
  • Enthusiasm about the audio publishing industry and a willingness to learn

Notes

We’re based in the News Building which we share with our News UK and Dow Jones colleagues in the newly-established London Bridge Quarter, opposite the famous Borough Market. Our new open-plan office has amazing views across London, and includes a variety of break-out areas to aid inspiration and a collaborative approach, a multi-media suite, and a fabulous canteen floor and book shop.

Please apply via the link with your CV, cover letter and salary expectations. Early applications may be prioritised.

Please note: We consider all applicants based on their skills, experience and ability to do the job. We do not unfairly discriminate on the basis of convictions or other personal information. We do require candidates to undergo employment screening in accordance with the relevant local legislation. This will only happen at the point an offer of employment is made.

Overview of HarperCollins

Our mission at HarperCollins is to harness the power of great publishing and to amplify it through world class marketing, global strength, and relentless innovation. We are all working towards the same goal, and we do it guided by what matters most to us. The culture at HarperCollins is defined by our six values, which inform our everyday actions and the way we behave. From Finance to Editorial, our values shape the way we work.

PUTTING OUR AUTHORS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING. Their success is our first concern.

WORKING TOGETHER. Sharing responsibility, helping colleagues, listening well, embracing difference, and enjoying what we do.

LEARNING & ADAPTING. Taking smart risks, learning from experience without blame and being both curious and willing to change.

LOOKING OUT AS WELL AS IN. Understanding the consumer, the marketplace and the competitive environment.

LEADING NOT FOLLOWING. Staying ahead, looking to the future, being bold and always aiming to be the best.

INTEGRITY IN ALL WE DO. Timely, open and honest communication, being fair, principled and respectful.