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Rights & sales traineeship

Rights & sales traineeship

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 08/08/2022
Business Development / Sales / Rights / Legal

Salary: £20,200 via training bursary (equivalent to Hachette UK’s entry level salary of £24,000 after tax and NI)

Traineeship location: this role will be based at Hachette UK’s London office. Hachette UK supports agile working and offers a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week

Closing date: Sunday 7th August 2022

Start date: October 2022


Hachette UK is excited to announce that its hugely successful traineeship programme will be running again this year, in partnership with literary agency Curtis Brown and booksellers Waterstones! 

By taking part in this broad and exciting programme, 10 trainees will gain exposure to all elements of the journey of publishing a book, from pitch to production.


About Hachette UK

Hachette UK is the UK’s second-largest book publishing group, on a mission to make it easy for everyone to discover new worlds of ideas, learning, entertainment, and opportunity.

The company is made up of 10 autonomous publishing divisions and over 50 imprints, with a rich and diverse history and an incredible range of authors. Hachette UK is also the market leader in e-books and publishes a range of bestsellers in audio format - which is now the fastest growing part of its business.

Hachette UK has published some of the world’s most successful authors, including Candice Carty-Williams, Colson Whitehead, Martina Cole, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Stephen King, Stieg Larsson, Nelson Mandela, Stephenie Meyer, Ian Rankin, Akala and Malala Yousafzai.

Many of Hachette UK’s books have also been adapted into major TV and film productions, such as Bridgerton, Heartstopper, Killing Eve, Twilight, The Witcher, and The Queen’s Gambit, to name just a few.


The culture

The people who work at Hachette UK are incredibly proud of the contribution that publishing makes to the world and are continuously working to evolve the company’s inclusive, transparent, open, and progressive culture.

Hachette UK believes that its people and creativity can only thrive in an environment where everyone feels free to share ideas, opinions, and criticism. So it’s made diversity an integral part of its publishing and people strategy through a programme called ‘Changing the Story' - which is one of the core pillars of its business.

The other core pillars of its strategy are ‘understanding consumers’, ‘owner mentality’, and ‘growth mindset’, and Hachette UK actively looks to recruit people into the business who are able to demonstrate these behaviours.


About the traineeship

Hachette UK is running a 12-month traineeship programme which will give 10 trainees the opportunity to gain a rich and diverse understanding of the publishing industry.

There will be 1 rights and sales placement as follows:

  • 1 x 6-month rights + 6-month sales placement

This will be Hachette UK’s fifth intake of trainees and the programme continues to focus on making publishing more accessible to under-represented groups, as part of the publisher’s ‘Changing the Story’ vision for diversity and inclusion. 

It is actively seeking applications from candidates from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds, applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and particularly men from both of these backgrounds, to help improve representation of these groups across Hachette UK.


What you will experience

  • The trainee will spend the entire year within the central function teams
  • They will specialise in rights and sales
  • All the trainees will spend a month at Waterstones to learn the art of bookselling and understand consumer buying behaviour
  • All the trainees will participate in a bespoke learning and development programme, with the opportunity to learn about the journey of publishing a book, from pitch to production


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Genuine interest in forging a career in publishing
  • Passion for Hachette UK’s values and publishing divisions
  • Can-do attitude and an enthusiasm for learning about a variety of tasks
  • Good attention to detail, time management, and prioritisation skills
  • You must answer the questions in the 'To apply' section below


Please note

  • If your application is successful, Hachette UK will aim to take your placement preference into account, but this cannot be guaranteed
  • For successful applicants, a virtual assessment day will be held on 12th and 13th September
  • For any enquiries about your application or the process, please contact Creative Access

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


To apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV and answers to the following questions on one Word document and address it to the Creative Access recruitment team:
  1. Tell us about a book that you enjoyed reading and what made it enjoyable? (100-word limit)
  2. Suggest a way in which Hachette UK could digitally market the book you described to new consumers? (250-word limit)
  3. In order to demonstrate Hachette UK’s key strategic pillar of ‘growth mindset’, give an example of a time when you have taken responsibility for a new or unfamiliar task. How did you approach the challenge and what was the outcome? (250 - word limit)
  • Once submitted, you can no longer amend your application, so proof-read carefully
  • Do not contact the company directly
  • Please email any queries about this role to Creative Access at this address:

The successful candidate for this opportunity will also participate in a Creative Access support programme that sits alongside workplace training. This includes a programme of induction training, monthly masterclasses, wellbeing support, buddying / mentoring and more.

Years of experience

  • Entry

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