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Head of Sales and Marketing – Children’s Books (Full-Time)

Department: Sales and Marketing

Number of Direct Reports: 5

Reports to: Publisher/Managing Director, Member of Senior Management Team

Based: Head Office, Units 1-4 Tolwell Road, Leicester LE4 1BR

The Role: Sweet Cherry are looking for an experienced and dynamic Head of Sales and Marketing to join our growing sales team. The role will require building strategies and driving forward marketing plans. This team member will also manage both the marketing and the sales staff and will perform managerial duties to meet the company’s operations goals. Direct reports will have responsibilities to service UK high street retailers and trade accounts domestic sales, rights sales and export sales. The role requires managing and developing strategies for these roles and continue to build strong relationships within export and rights territories. They will be working closely with a number of international distribution partners and agents.

The ideal candidate will have experience in selling B2B and B2C accounts and will be looking to build their career developing key sales and marketing strategies across a growing list. They will be a strong negotiator with a proven track record growing accounts and providing sales forecasts.

The ideal candidate will have marketing and management experience. You will be working with the Managing Editor, Art Director and Operations Manager to devise key title strategies and creative brainstorming, to grow our list.

Head of Sales and Marketing will work closely with the Publisher/Managing Director to analyse the sales and marketing data and feedback market requests to the team. You will be selling across a variety of products from novelty formats, gift and trade fiction.

This role would suit a self-starter who can hit the ground running.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Excellent sales and presentation skills (both in person and online)
  • Good organizational and management ability
  • Curious about new opportunities and confident in “thinking outside the box”
  • Experience in a publishing sales environment
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks

The ideal candidate will have existing relationships with major retailers.

An ideal candidate must also have:

  • At least 5 years experience in Sales/Marketing
  • Knowledge of a variety of different types of sales accounts
  • Solid hands-on marketing experience is needed, ideally within children’s/educational/academic publishing
  • Experience using CMS, Google Analytics, working with CRM
  • Excellent communication and copywriting skills
  • Collaborative approach to work, and the ability to work independently
  • The ability to forecast sales, analyse sales data and to provide helpful market feedback to the publishing team
  • A valid UK driving license and car, and be able to visit key accounts as and when required
  • Strong research, negotiation and communication skills
  • A willingness to drive business forward
  • A positive, can-do attitude, willingness to learn and the ability to work from your own initiative
  • Drive, energy and a passion for books
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • A sense of fun!

What We Offer:

  • Free onsite parking
  • Workplace pension

Working Hours: 40 hours a week (flexible). Monday – Friday, 8 hours a day. Core office hours: 9.30am-4.30pm

Holiday: 20 days plus bank holidays

Location: Sweet Cherry Publishing, Units 1-4, Tolwell Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 1BR

Starting salary: £TBC, based on experience

To apply: Apply please send you CV and cover letter with your current salary, expected salary, notice period (if applicable) to recruitment@sweetcherrypublishing.com.

Sweet Cherry is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. We welcome job applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experience.

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Senior Sales Manager / Sales Manager – Children’s Books (Full-Time)

Department: Sales

Reports to: Publisher/Sales Director

Based: Head Office (Leicester)

The Role:

Sweet Cherry is looking for an experienced and dynamic Sales Manager to sell to key UK and international accounts. They will be servicing major UK high street retailers and trade accounts while building strong relationships within export territories. They will be working closely with a number of international distribution partners and reps and providing market and customer insights to internal stakeholders.

The ideal candidate will have experience in B2B sales will be looking to build their career developing key sales strategies across a growing list. They will be a strong negotiator with a proven track record of growing accounts and providing sales forecasts.

The Senior/Sales Manager will work closely with the Publisher and Managing Director to analyse sales data and feed back market reports to the team. You will be selling across a variety of products from novelty formats, gift and trade fiction.

This role would suit a self-starter who can hit the ground running.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • Knowledge of a variety of different types of sales accounts in publishing
  • The ability to forecast sales, analyse sales data and to provide helpful market feedback to the publishing team
  • A valid UK driving license and car, to be able to visit key accounts as and when required
  • Strong research, negotiation and communication skills
  • A willingness to drive the business forward
  • A positive, can-do attitude, willingness to learn and the ability to work from your own initiative
  • A sense of fun!

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 are proud to represent our authors and are passionate about sharing engaging stories with children of all abilities and backgrounds. 

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

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

What we offer:

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

Working Hours: 40 hours per week (flexible) Monday to Friday. Core office hours: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Holiday: 20 days plus bank holidays

Location: Sweet Cherry Publishing, Units 1-4, Tolwell Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 1BR

Starting salary: £TBC, based on experience

Deadline for applications: 2nd April 2021

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

Sweet Cherry is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. We welcome job applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experience.

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Royalties & Contracts Manager – Part-Time (Children’s Books)

Department: Accounts

Reports to: Finance Director

Based: Head Office (Leicester)

The Role:

In this role, you will be an integral member of Sweet Cherry’s growing team. We have an opportunity for someone to lead the Royalties function.
The Royalties & Contracts Manager will be responsible for the payment of advances and royalties, the administration of sub-rights income and the
production of Royalty statements. They will also be responsible for ensuring that all contracts are uploaded correctly to Stison and that key data is recorded accurately. This is a key role for the team and will require an end-to-end process-driven approach, whilst working closely with internal departments to ensure royalty payments are made on time.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Managing the whole royalties function and team
  • Creating and implementing process changes
  • Being a key member of the implementation team for a new Royalties system, migrating systems into one centralised database
  • Maintaining the Royalty system; improving controls, processes and efficiencies
  • Managing statement preparation
  • Checking sub-rights statements and debt management
  • Negotiating contracts and logging them on the internal system

Experience in working with royalties systems is essential, alongside an excellent understanding of working with complex contracts. Strong communication skills are a must, with the ability to work with authors, agents, and key internal stakeholders to build excellent relationships and will have strong communication, analytical and organisation skills, with high attention to detail.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Solid royalty accounting experience is essential
  • Familiarity with different contracts
  • Experience using royalty accounting software

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 are proud to represent our authors and are passionate about sharing engaging stories with children of all abilities and backgrounds. 

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

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

What we offer:

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

Working Hours: 20 hours per week (4hrs per day) Monday to Friday

Holiday: 20 days plus bank holidays

Location: Leicester, potential opportunity for flexible working can be considered

Starting salary: Flexible, based on experience

Deadline for applications: 2nd April 2021

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

Sweet Cherry is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. We welcome job applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experience.

APPLY NOW

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