Careers

Working at Imagine That Publishing is an opportunity to be part of an innovative, creative and energetic company, with a success story that continues to grow.

From picture books to chapter fiction and novelty books to activity kits, we publish over 300 children’s titles a year across our multiple imprints in both the UK and international markets. Inspiring children to read, learn, play and create lies at the heart of everything we do.
 
Working at Imagine That comes with great benefits. Our picturesque riverside location is the base for plenty of social and wellbeing activities, including our weekly ‘Flying Elephants’ running club and Cycle to Work scheme, plus a company pension programme and 23 to 25 days holiday.
 
To join the Imagine That family, be part of a growing independent business and start making a difference to the next generation of readers, see our current vacancies below.

 

Current Vacancies

Production Manager

International Rights Sales Executive

Marketing Manager

To apply for any of the positions above, please email your CV and cover letter to Jo Fenn at jo@imaginethat.com

 

Speculative Applications

Are you a sensational sales person? Marvellous marketer? Dazzling designer? Excellent editor?

We are always interested in hearing from creative, passionate and driven individuals who want to work in the world of children’s books.

If you would like to make a speculative application for any of the departments listed below, please send a CV and covering letter to Jo Fenn at jo@imaginethat.com

 
Sales
Sales Administration
Editorial
Design
Marketing
Production
Finance
Business Operations
 
We will hold your information on file and contact you if a suitable role comes up. If you would prefer that your details are not kept on file or circulated across departments, please let us know and we will remove your information from our database.
 
Don’t forget to keep checking our social media pages for details of job vacancies as they become available.
 
Good luck!
 

 

Production Manager

Job Overview

We are looking to recruit a Production Manager, to report directly to the Production Director, who will liaise with suppliers at the quoting, negotiation and ordering stages for a range of our products. The ideal candidate will be able to use their own initiative and work well under pressure and within a team.  They will have an ability to identify improvements and the initiative to carry them through to conclusion.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Liaising with printers and internal departments to manage our new titles and reprints from concept through to live Production.
  • Working closely with other departments and give direction for new product specifications.
  • Keep Budget Cost Sheets up-to-date in line with company guidelines on pricing requirements.
  • Raising Purchase Orders to printers incorporating a precise specification and individual requirements of the order by customer and product.
  • Arrange Product Safety Testing ensuring compliance with international requirements and legislation.
  • Ensure internal and external schedules fully meet customer requirements.

Skills and experience required

  • Experience of dealing with manufacturing supply chains.
  • Solid production experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of print processes and quality control.
  • Good negotiation skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written / verbal, and good organisational ability of self and others.
  • Ability to work autonomously under pressure, managing own time to enable the meeting of deadlines for goals and objectives.
  • Be commercially aware and understand how decisions have financial consequences.
  • Problem-solving aptitude
  • Knowledge of shipping and freight forwarding is not essential but would be an advantage.
  • Understanding of safety testing requirements would be an advantage but not essential.

Package           

Competitive Salary, Company Pension, 23 days holiday; rising to 25 days after 2 years, Death in Service Policy, fitness clubs and social activities

To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit a Cover Letter, CV and current / expected salary to Jo Fenn (jo@imaginethat.com) for review.

 

International Rights Sales Executive

Location

The ideal candidate would be willing to re-locate to Woodbridge, Suffolk, however candidates located remotely will be considered. There will be a requirement to work from the office on a weekly basis.

Hours

Full-time but part-time will be considered.

Job Overview

We are looking for a confident and passionate Sales Executive with minimum of 2 years experience in International Rights / Foreign Rights to join our growing International Sales team.  This role is ideally suited for someone looking to progress their Publishing career and is an opportunity to join a dynamic company.

  • Selling co-edition and translation rights across our three children’s imprints to existing accounts.
  • Identify, research and target new business opportunities to grow our list of customer accounts.
  • Work closely with the Head of Foreign Rights to establish targets and turnover for your agreed territories.
  • Manage your sales turnover and profit for agreed territories.
  • Negotiate on price, costs, delivery and specifications with buyers and then liaise with internal customers to satisfy the business and customer needs.
  • Attend International book fairs and undertake regular sales trips abroad to your allocated territories.

Skills and experience required

  • Previous experience managing customer accounts with strong sales and negotiation skills
  • Determined, positive and a team player
  • Proven organizational, time management and strategic planning skills
  • A professional attitude towards business practise
  • Advanced use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Excellent administrative skills with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and prioritise accordingly
  • Ability to speak another language would be an advantage

Package

Competitive Salary, Company Pension, 23 days holiday, Death in Service Policy, fitness clubs and social activities.

To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit a Cover Letter, CV and current / expected salary to Jo Fenn (jo@imaginethat.com) for review.

 

Marketing Manager

Role

To further our ambitious growth plans we are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, experienced, and commercially aware Marketing Manager, who shares our passion for children’s books. 

Our ideal candidate will have 3-5 years experience working within the marketing team of an established children’s book publisher, now looking to take the step up to manage bigger picture objectives and to take ownership of the marketing strategy.

You will be responsible for managing the company’s marketing initiatives for our three imprints; Imagine That, Top That and Willow Tree. 

What you’ll be doing

  • Seek out creative ways to promote and market our three imprints in a cost-effective manner through direct-to-consumer channels.
  • Spot opportunities for brand growth and give recommendations on how to best take advantage of them.
  • Prepare product launches to maximise impact and try to influence others.
  • Deliver highly effective marketing campaigns on time and on budget.
  • Increase social media engagement.
  • Identify Point of Sale opportunities for booksellers to help sales growth; FSDU, CDU, shelf talker, bookmarks, activity sheets etc
  • Approve and oversee the creative development of promotional materials, website content, advertisements, and other marketing-related projects.
  • Plan events in the book trade to promote our books, brand and authors.
  • Establish marketing goals based on past performance and market forecasts.
  • Research and analyse market trends, demographics, pricing schedules, competitor products, and other relevant information to form marketing strategies.
  • Create presentations for key clients, and act as a representative for the marketing department in important buyer meetings.
  • Track all marketing and sales data and create detailed written reports and verbal presentations to bring to senior executives.
  • Take ownership and lead large projects with multiple stakeholders across the business and external parties.
  • Plan, develop and implement effective marketing communication campaigns both for B2B and B2C.
  • Meet individual quarterly targets and KPI’s

What you’ll need

  • A passion for children’s books is essential!
  • Excellent contacts within the publishing and bookseller community.
  • Ambitious and keen to learn, with a creative mind.
  • Strong design sense and the ability to brief creative as well as to write excellent copy.
  • Self-motivated and ability to use initiative.
  • Experience of setting and leading marketing strategy.
  • Experience of working on integrated publication campaigns.
  • Excellent communication, influence and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to busy periods with a proactive and positive attitude.

Package

Competitive Salary, Company Pension, 23 days holiday, Death in Service Policy, fitness clubs and social activities.

To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit a Cover Letter, CV and current / expected salary to Jo Fenn (jo@imaginethat.com) for review.

Working at Imagine That is challenging but fun - come and join an ambitious team in a supportive environment that strives to inspire children every day.

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