Nick Hern Books seeking Publishing Assistant

Nick Hern Books, specialist theatre publisher, is seeking a Publishing Assistant – an enthusiastic, adaptable new member of the team to contribute to all aspects of their publishing activity. This is an exciting opportunity to gain varied experience at a vibrant and dynamic independent publishing house.

Job description: You will have responsibilities in the day-to-day running of the office, including:

  • being the first port of call for customers (via telephone and email)
  • processing and supplying orders (including liaising with our distributor)
  • handling invoices, payments, couriers, and incoming/outgoing post

You will also manage a large reprint and stock-control operation, keeping all 1000+ NHB titles available and in print, which often requires typesetting and reformatting of existing publications, as well as liaising with suppliers and printers.

You will perform other duties as reasonably requested by the Production Editors, helping to ensure that new titles progress smoothly from typescript to finished publication, which will include some proofreading and copy-checking. There will also be some additional elements of the role working with the Marketing/Sales team, such as attending conferences and events to sell books, preparing monthly sales reports, and helping to maintain the website.

Person specification: You will need to be well-informed about theatre and ideally have had some practical theatre experience (amateur or professional) or academic qualification in theatre or drama. Knowledge and/or experience of publishing and/or bookselling would be an added advantage.

You’ll need to be:

  • very organised and good at prioritising competing tasks
  • comfortable with customer service over the phone, email and in person
  • computer-literate and confident at learning new software
  • focused and meticulous, with an excellent attention to detail and a good eye for layout and design

We use Apple Mac hardware and associated software, but experience on other systems is equally valid. Typesetting or design experience, especially using QuarkXpress and Photoshop, would be useful, but not essential.

Additional details and benefits:

Place of Work: At the Nick Hern Books office – a self-contained unit on the ground floor of a small office block set back off the Goldhawk Road near Shepherd’s Bush Green and the Bush Theatre. One minute from Goldhawk Road underground station (Circle and Hammersmith and City Lines), eight from Shepherd’s Bush (Central Line and Overground).

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Salary: £25,000 per annum, payable monthly on 25th of each month.

Hours: 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Monday to Friday; with some evening and weekend work, where necessary.

Holidays: 25 days per year, excluding bank holidays and Christmas shutdown.

Pension: Auto-enrolment in company pension scheme, with 10% employer contribution.

Expenses: Theatre tickets, and other relevant expenses.

Trial Period: Three-month trial period.

Notice: One month during trial period, two months thereafter.

How to apply: Please send a CV (not more than one page) and a letter about yourself and your suitability for the job (also not more than one page) by email to Matt Applewhite, at jobs@nickhernbooks.co.uk. (Overlength applications may be disqualified.)

Applications must arrive by noon on Thursday 22 February 2018 at the latest, with interviews conducted during the week commencing 5 March 2018.

they encourage applications from eligible candidates from backgrounds currently under-represented in the theatre and publishing sectors.

Deadline: Thursday 22 February 2018 at noon

Source: @NickHernBooks

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