London (hybrid working 2 days a week in the office), full-time, up to £35,000 p/a (this role is also available 4 days a week)
Wonderbly (Children’s Publisher of the Year 2021) is a unique, award-winning publishing company that creates high-quality print-on-demand personalised books for children and grown-ups. Our mission is to create incredibly personalised books to make loved ones feel extraordinarily special – and we need extraordinarily special people to help us do that!
About the role
We have a rare opening for a Producer – Translation and Backlist Growth to join our Story Studio team – the group of producers, project managers, editors, writers, artists and designers at the heart of the company that create our very special personalised products.
Production work in the Story Studio is very multi-disciplinary. Our current producers come from diverse backgrounds including publishing, project management, product design and theatre production and use those skills to guide our creative and production processes. We understand that personalised product design is a very specialist role and we will provide training and support to whoever joins us.
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We’re looking for an organised, proactive and book-loving person to join our backlist and bestsellers department – a team responsible for growing, evolving and enriching our ever-expanding list of bestsellers. As our Producer for translations and backlist growth, you’ll be responsible for launching our most popular books in non-English speaking territories. You’ll oversee projects – from initial market research to sign-off, product translation and website launch – ensuring that the highest standards are met, on schedule and within budget. Alongside this, you will also manage freelance translators and editors. You do not need to be able to speak other languages, but you should be passionate about other cultures and the nuances of translation work.
You’ll also be integral to our backlist strategy – launching updates, new formats, add-ons and editions – whilst participating in workshops and research for new products. This will be a varied and exciting role!
A clear passion for storytelling and children’s products that inspire and entertain
Ability to work autonomously to brief
At least one year’s experience in a busy production studio – print or other media –
having personally been involved in getting new things live and into the hands of customers
An interest other cultures, languages and the nuances of translation work (the ability to speak another language is a bonus, but not required)
Strong communication skills and a demonstrable ability to work collaboratively and influence people across a business
Strong project management skills, including excellent attention to detail
A knack for problem-solving and a proactive approach to finding ways to improve our daily processes and workflow
A good working knowledge of Google Workspace applications (Docs, Sheets, Slides) – knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and basic artworking skills would be a big plus
Some editorial experience or an interest in developing your editorial side is a bonus
There are various profiles that we think could lead you to this role. Perhaps you’re a junior editor looking for your next step. Perhaps you’re a project coordinator who’s excited about setting up new workflow systems. Perhaps you’re a production manager keen to explore and develop your editorial skills. Whatever your past experience, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate your excellent project management skills across multiple projects, and a passion for books and storytelling.
We value hard work and getting things done above experience. In your application, please include several examples of complex projects you have overseen, along with a CV and cover letter outlining why you are excited to develop personalised products at Wonderbly. We’d also like you to tell us how you have been inspired by the world of books.
First and foremost, you should join Wonderbly because of our work. We’re on a mission to inspire boundless self-belief in every child, everywhere through our beautiful personalised books.
A salary of up to £35,000 per annum. We are open to this role being full time or 4 days a week
The opportunity to work with a team of passionate, motivated, creative people
The chance to work on something your friends and family will fall in love with
A good work-life balance: We have a flexible, hybrid working model that you can tailor to suit what works best for you. Depending on Covid restrictions, we’re asking our staff to come into our lovely, light-filled Central London studio at least two days a week and then to choose what works best for them for the rest of the time
Regular Yoga classes and mental health support
Personal training allowance
28 days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays
Health insurance to keep you in tip-top shape
Note: applications for this role will be reviewed week commencing September 5th onwards.
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