Careers

Sweet Cherry is currently hiring!

To apply: please e-mail your CV and covering letter to recruitment@sweetcherrypublishing.com with the job position you are applying for in the subject line.

About Us: Sweet Cherry Publishing is an independent children’s book publisher based in Leicester. We are a small team with a big mission! We believe that all children should have access to great stories and endeavour to break down the barriers which often get in the way of reading. We are proud of our Leicester heritage and work very closely with the local community to increase literacy rates and promote reading for pleasure. We are a positive & fun team with kindness, success and collaboration at the core of our values. We have a growing portfolio of licensed products and reputation within the industry that we are very proud of.

Company Mission Statement: Bringing great stories within everyone’s reach.

Company Values: Kindness, Fun, Positivity, Collaboration, Helping Society

Managing Editor

Department: Editorial

Reports to: Abdul Thadha, Managing Director

Based: Head Office (Leicester)

The Role: In this role, you will manage Sweet Cherry’s editorial team and work with the management team to make strategic decisions. Sweet Cherry’s publishing strategy is sales-led, so you will take responsibility for our full list acquiring or commissioning new projects by working with the MD and the Sales Director in the development of the publishing programme. The successful candidate will have a proven ability to manage projects, with strong communication and negotiation skills. You will be a highly organised, creative person with the ability to develop manuscripts and work on all stages of the editorial process. You will ideally have a background in children’s publishing.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their list management skills and play a critical role in our growing company.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A deep understanding of the entire editorial process
  • A significant knowledge and experience in fiction and illustrated titles
  • A strong commercial awareness
  • A good imagination and a strong sense of fun
  • A positive work ethic & good vibes all around!

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

Working alongside the editorial team (who would report directly to you) you will:

MANAGEMENT

  • Manage a team of editors and their workflow to ensure adherence to the publishing schedule
  • Work closely with management in the implementation of company strategy
  • Attend weekly management meetings
  • Recruit and train editorial team members
  • Attend book fairs and publishing events

COMMISSIONING AND ACQUISITION

  • Work closely with the MD and Sales Director in order to develop, commission, and acquire new projects that are in line with our sales channels and that respond to buyer demand
  • Work with the Head of Design on license acquisition
  • Make and maintain relationships with literary agents in order to acquire content
  • Manage the editorial budget and work on Profit and Loss reports with management team
  • Negotiate contracts, and keep other team members aware of the contract status
  • Run regular pitch meetings and title strategy meetings
  • Come up with new creative concepts for the company to explore

EDITING AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

  • Work closely with Sweet Cherry authors by giving them feedback on their work, enforcing deadlines and answering queries
  • Edit, copy-edit and proofread projects to ensure they are ready to go to press
  • Maintain the company house style
  • Present information about projects and their progress to the rest of the company
  • Keep yourself up to date on new developments in the children’s book market

Essential Skills: 

  • Experiencing of managing a team and multiple projects
  • Superb organisation skills, with the ability to manage a workload with competing priorities and ensure tasks are completed to deadline
  • Outstanding copy-writing, proof-reading, design and project management skills
  • High competence using Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proactive approach and willingness to reach out externally to secure new content
  • Minimum of 5 years’ editorial experience, with experience of working on children’s middle grade

Desirable Skills: 

  • Good knowledge of the children’s book market
  • Strong InDesign skills
  • Knowledge of levelling programmes such as Lexile and Accelerated Reading
  • Experience of budget management

What we offer:

  • Free tea, coffee and a lot of snacks!!
  • Monthly team activity
  • Free onsite parking
  • Workplace pension

Working Hours: Our flexible working hours are 40 hours a week, Monday – Friday, 8 hours a day (30 minute or 1-hour lunch break unpaid)

Holiday: 20 days plus bank holidays

Location: Sweet Cherry Publishing, Unit 36, Vulcan House, Vulcan Road, Leicester, United Kingdom, LE5 3EF

Salary: TBC, Negotiable based on experience

Deadline for applications: Thursday 30th April 2020

To apply: Please send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@sweetcherrypublishing.com

Middleweight Designer

Department: Design

Reports to: Neil Hardwick, Head of Design & Licensing

Based: Head Office (Leicester)

The Role: In this role, you will be an integral member of Sweet Cherry’s design team, developing and designing a variety of licensed and own brand products that capture and promote the company vision. The successful candidate will have a proven creative flair and the ability to manage projects from initial concept to completion. You will be experienced and skilled in your craft. You will also have fluency in design software and knowledge of design for print. You will ideally have a background in children’s publishing.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the successful candidate to play a critical role in our growing company.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A fantastic portfolio of work to wow us!
    An understanding of the entire publishing process
    A technical understanding of the design process
    A strong commercial awareness and passion for design
    Flexibility, enthusiasm and confidence
    A positive work ethic & great sense of humour!

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Contribute regularly to design meetings with concepts and ideas
  • Collaborate with other team members to ensure the team meets timescales and expectations
  • Produce final designs that show creativity and an eye for detail
  • Lead individual projects, but also be a part of collective design projects
  • Work alongside members of other departments in the company
  • Brief freelance artists on projects
  • Work with Licensors to ensure licensing work meets expectations, makes creative use of supplied assets and follows style guides rules on content and usage

Essential Skills:

  • Experience being part of a busy creative team and working on multiple projects
  • High competence using Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a design role

What we offer:

  • Free tea, coffee and a lot of snacks!!
  • Monthly team activity
  • Free onsite parking
  • Workplace pension

Working Hours: Our flexible working hours are 40 hours a week, Monday – Friday, 8 hours a day (30 minute or 1-hour lunch break unpaid)

Holiday: 20 days plus bank holidays

Location: Sweet Cherry Publishing, Unit 36, Vulcan House, Vulcan Road, Leicester, United Kingdom, LE5 3EF

Salary: TBC, Negotiable based on experience

Deadline for applications: Thursday 30th April 2020

To apply: please send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@sweetcherrypublishing.com

Junior Designer

Department: Design

Reports to: Neil Hardwick, Head of Design & Licensing

Based: Head Office (Leicester)

The Role: In this role, you will be an integral member of Sweet Cherry’s growing design team, developing and designing a variety of licensed and own brand products. The successful candidate will have proven a creative flair, a good working knowledge of design software and familiarity with design and print techniques.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the successful candidate to play a critical role in our growing company and gain valuable experience in the industry.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A fantastic portfolio of work to wow us!
  • An understanding of and interest in the publishing process
  • An understanding of the design process
  • Commercial awareness and a passion for design
  • Flexibility, willingness, enthusiasm and confidence
  • A positive work ethic & great sense of humour!

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Contribute regularly to design meetings with concepts and ideas
  • Collaborate with other team members to ensure the team meets timescales and expectations
  • Produce designs that show creativity and an eye for detail
  • Work alongside members of other departments in the company
  • Brief freelance artists on projects
  • Work with Licensors to ensure licensing work meets expectations, makes creative use of supplied assets and follows style guides rules on content and usage

Essential Skills:

  • A positive can-do attitude and willingness to learn and adapt quickly
  • Good working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop

What we offer:

  • Free tea, coffee and a lot of snacks!!
  • Monthly team activity
  • Free onsite parking
  • Workplace pension

Working Hours: Our flexible working hours are 40 hours a week, Monday – Friday, 8 hours a day (30 minute or 1-hour lunch break unpaid)

Holiday: 20 days plus bank holidays

Location: Sweet Cherry Publishing, Unit 36, Vulcan House, Vulcan Road, Leicester, United Kingdom, LE5 3EF

Salary: TBC, Negotiable based on experience

Deadline for applications: Thursday 30th April 2020

To apply: please send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@sweetcherrypublishing.com