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Posted by Kate, June 30, 2014

Come and work for Nosy Crow: we’re hiring a Senior Designer

We’ve been trying to hire a Designer to work on our picture book and novelty book lists for the last month or so.

We had a lot of applicants, and we met several very capable and agreeable people (thank you very much for applying if you did so!), but we haven’t found The One yet. We need someone who combines the right mix of picture book and novelty experience and skills with a set of sensibilities that makes us feel that they’d be the right fit for Nosy Crow – someone who we are sure will care about the same things that we do.

So we’ve been wondering whether advertising for a Senior Designer might help to widen the pool of applicants. As we are clear that we want a range of experience across both picture books and novelty books, we think maybe it’s more realistic to look for someone at a higher level.

All this means that we have a fantastic opportunity for a highly creative, talented, hardworking and bright Senior Designer to join our design team at Nosy Crow. This is a full-time role and the successful applicant will be based in the London office of Nosy Crow in Borough (near London Bridge, Borough and Southwark tube stations, and 15 minutes’ walk from Waterloo).

We make and publish great books and apps. We win awards. We’re growing fast. We bake good cake.

Candidates will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in graphic design, mostly if not exclusively in children’s publishing, and will have worked on picture books and novelty books. Proficiency in Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator programmes, excellent proven book design and typographic skills, and a love of children’s book illustration are essential, along with good written and spoken communication skills, and the ability to work to a deadline.

The successful candidate will manage illustrated book projects (currently picture books and novelty books, but who knows what we might do in future?) from initial layouts all the way through to production, supporting the illustrator or the author/illustrator throughout the creative process. The designer will report to the Head of Design but will work closely with other members of the Nosy Crow team, particularly the editorial staff, to produce child-focused, parent-friendly, high-quality books.

We are a small, close team here at The Crow’s Nest, working in a friendly, highly creative and professional environment and we need a team player who is willing to muck in, particularly during busy times.

If you are think that you’re at, or about to be at, Senior Designer level, but you have picture book and novelty experience and think you’d be right for a Designer role and missed the last closing date, then we’d be happy to hear from you.

If you have the right to live and work in the UK, and would like to apply for the role, please send a CV and application letter, along with digital samples of your design work, to Stephanie Amster via email ([email protected]).

If this job isn’t for you, but you know someone that it might be interesting to, do please run and tell them/tweet about it/send them a hand-written letter: we want news of this vacancy to spread far and wide!

The closing date for applications is 18 July 2014.