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Children’s Key Account Executive (Parental Leave Cover), Hachette UK

Who we are and what we do

Hachette UK is a leading UK publishing group, made up of ten autonomous publishing divisions and over fifty imprints with a rich and diverse literary history. Hachette UK aims to be the publisher and employer of choice for all people, and is a dynamic, fun place to work, where we are committed to Changing the Story.

Hachette Children’s Group is one of the largest children’s publishers in the UK, with an excellent track record in creating bestselling and award-winning books for children.  The Group aims to cater for every child, with baby and pre-school books, picture books, gift, fiction, non-fiction, series fiction, books for the school and library market and licensed publishing and comprises the imprints Hodder Children’s Books, Orchard Books, Orion Children’s Books, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Quercus Children’s Books, Pat-a-Cake, Wren & Rook, Franklin Watts and Wayland Books.

The Group publishes diverse authors, illustrators, series and licenses including: Cressida Cowell, Kes Gray, Jim Field, Jessica Townsend, Onjali Raúf, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Matthew Syed, Bryony Gordon, David Almond, Lauren Child, Patrice Lawrence, Dermot O’Leary, Francesca Simon, Alex T. Smith, Zanib Mian, Nadiya Hussain, Giles Andreae, Piers Torday, Rainbow Magic, Beast Quest and Pokémon.

Hachette Children’s Group is also the publisher of author Enid Blyton, and the owner of Enid Blyton Entertainment.

What you will be doing

Reporting to the Children’s Key Account Manager you will be responsible for maximising the sales and profitability of titles from across the list, working specifically on two mass market key accounts, assisting on another, driving sales through the independents working closely with the Field Sales Director and our Marketing and Publicity teams, and providing some administration support to the sales team.

The role would suit somebody with experience in UK trade publishing sales, or sales support, who is looking to gain experience in managing their own accounts.  A knowledge of the children’s book market would be preferable.

What we are looking for

We’re looking for a strong team player who is commercially astute and aware with experience working in UK trade publishing sales or sales support.

You will need to be an excellent communicator and have strong organisational skills with the confidence to work with several customers and internal stakeholders at any one time. The ideal candidate will be commercial, pay close attention to detail, have the ability to multitask and take initiative as well as being an excellent team player.

The key tasks of the role will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Attend all relevant internal meetings, giving relevant feedback on behalf of your customers to feed into publishing strategy
  • Attend and lead relevant customer meetings.
  • Monitor monthly sales and spend for your two key accounts to ensure all divisional targets are met.
  • Provide sales support to the Key Account Manager, creating presentations, processing orders, raising PO’s and dealing with any associated queries.
  • Work with the Field Sales Director and Marketing and Publicity teams in order to develop strategy on the direct-to-bookseller social channels in order to grow sales through independents, with a focus on five specific accounts .
  • Provide sales support to the Group Sales Director on selected accounts, as and when required.
  • Providing a level of administration support to the Children’s Sales Team, including scheduling meetings, taking minutes and maintaining grids.

Excellent Microsoft Office skills (especially Excel and PowerPoint) are essential.

What we offer

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package together with a creative and exciting working environment. Holiday leave is set to 25 days and Bank holidays.

Our commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds. If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know. 

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking internships. For more information visit www.booktradeentrysupport.org

Salary range: £25,000 – £27,000 depending on experience

Closing date: 15th January 2021

To apply, please click here.