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Production Assistant, Orion

Production Assistant, Orion

ExpiresExpires: 01/02/2022
Production / Post-Production & Technical
Permanent position
£20,000 to £30,000 per year

Closing date: 31st January at 11.59pm

Salary: £24,000

Looking for your next or even your first opportunity in publishing? Apply for this role if you're keen to learn more about how books, gifts, and games are made.

Orion Publishing Group, a division of Hachette UK, publishes commercial, award-winning popular fiction and non-fiction alongside beautiful gift products and is home to bestselling authors and brands such as Ian Rankin, Adam Kay, Michael Connelly, Cathy Bramley, Noel ‘The Supervet’ Fitzpatrick, Bird Bingo, Glastonbury Festival, the Ordnance Survey, Candice Carty-Williams and the Hairy Bikers.

Orion has an exciting opportunity for a Production Assistant to join the Production team. This role is ideal for someone who wants to work across our dynamic and varied imprints with a knowledgeable and experienced team.

You will provide effective administrative support to all members of the team, oversee the production of gift and illustrated reprints and complete task required for the successful manufacturing and distribution of all Orion titles.


  • Using Biblio to run key reports to track the progress of new titles and reprints
  • Distributing invoices to the Production team and monitoring their approval status
  • Placing orders for key reprints such as illustrated titles, gift products and those in our automatic stock replenishment and print on demand programmes
  • Placing orders for key marketing and publicity materials such as bound proofs
  • Negotiating prices, maintaining schedules and prioritizing tasks
  • Correcting and archiving files
  • Sourcing archived files for reissues, audio editions and ebook conversion
  • Maintaining records including shipping information and safety testing
  • Assisting with production on new titles and products
  • Supporting the Production team on project work
  • Creating process documentation and best practice guides
  • Testing system updates and new releases for Biblio, ADAM and SAP

Knowledge, skills, experience

We would love to hear from you if you…

  • Are keen to gain knowledge of print and how books, gifts and games are made
  • Are a natural communicator – confident in building strong relationships with colleagues, suppliers and other stakeholders
  • Thrive in a busy team environment where you are encouraged to work collaboratively
  • Have strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise workload, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Enjoy problem solving and offering up creative solutions
  • Have an eye for detail completing tasking with thoroughness, accuracy and consistency

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, Private Medical Insurance, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 volunteer days per year to use at your charity of choice, many employee networks to join, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

This role can be based at our London office, or at any of our new regional offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Bristol, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

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 junior roles. For more information visit

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please make sure that you state in your application that you found this role via Creative Access.

Years of experience

  • Entry

Salary range

  • £20,000 to £30,000 per year