Junior Designer (Editorial/Publishing)


  • London  
    London, United Kingdom
  • Company
    Hal Leonard Europe  
    Start date
    £23,000 to 25,000 per annum  
  • Closing date
    1 May 2023  
    Posted on
    9 March 2023  

We are looking for a highly creative and innovative Designer who can develop concepts to create visual
representations, both in print and digital media. As an integral member of the UK Product Creation team, the Junior Designer will take ownership of the design process from start to finish within agreed briefs, budgets and schedules.
The ideal candidate must be proficient in Adobe design software and have a good knowledge of design and
production processes, materials and finishes for print.

Working in a fast-paced environment covering various music genres, design tasks include cover design, interior artwork, layout from manuscript, and more. Designers are expected to work with our brand and imprint guidelines and templates, but also have the opportunity to showcase creativity and understanding of the target market through original design work.

This is an excellent position for someone wanting a solid grounding in publishing, with the opportunity to grow their role through experience. If you think you have what it takes to bring musical ideas to life with creative flair and visual impact, we want to hear from you.

We are looking for candidates with the following skills:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design or similar discipline and level, with a strong portfolio of work.
  • Strong attention to detail, and excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced, flexible office environment as both a team player and a self-starter.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat, with an understanding of how typography and image work together.
  • Photographic and retouching skills.
  • Passion for music and book publishing and an interest in current music and print/design trends.
  • Aligned with our company vision, mission and values to create product that meets the needs of a wide range of different stakeholders from a variety of different organisational and cultural backgrounds.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interpret creative briefs to develop high quality sheet music book covers and interior artwork/layouts.
  • Repurpose images and graphics alongside text and/or music notation.
  • Apply photographic and retouching skills as required.
  • Source and commission external Illustrators, Photographers and Designers as required.
  • Source assets such as imagery and fonts and liaise with third party asset libraries as required.
  • Continuously develop and maintain knowledge of Hal Leonard products and series.
  • Handle Design-related queries from other departments.
  • Support the wider European Editorial team with Design tasks as required.
  • Carry out any other duties as may be required that fall within the capabilities of the role.

Working at Hal Leonard Europe:

With more than 800 employees in ten different country locations around the world, Hal Leonard is the largest source for music publications and the world’s largest educational music publisher, representing many of the world’s best-known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, composers, arrangers and instrument manufacturers.

At Hal Leonard Europe, we publish and distribute an extensive catalogue of printed and digital publications, sheet music, music education resources, instruments, gifts, accessories and pro audio to customers across Europe and around the world. There are Hal Leonard Europe offices and distribution centres located in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom.

At Hal Leonard Europe, our vision of lifelong music-making for everyone is underpinned by a commitment to be the very best place to work. We recognise the value that diverse voices already bring to our business, and we will continue to encourage different contributions from a wide range of viewpoints so that we can meet the diverse and ever-changing needs of music makers.

Accordingly, we promote an inclusive culture as a business to ensure that we all value from the lived experiences of our teams. Hal Leonard Europe employees are empowered to make bold decisions to meet ambitious goals and achieve their personal aspirations. In celebrating the successes of all our people, we better reflect the markets and communities in which we operate, inspiring our mission to be the best global provider of tools and resources for learning, teaching, creating and making music. We see graphic design as visual storytelling that engages, informs, and inspires people to make that happen.

The Team:

Based in our Central London office, this is a full-time permanent position reporting to the Managing Editor, UK within the Product Creation department.

Place of Work and Hours:

  • This role is based in our Central London office (1 Red Place, London W1K 6PL).
  • We currently offer hybrid working in this role as part of our COVID-19 measures (2 days in the office with the flexibility to work from home 3 days a week).
  • Core hours are 10.00 - 16.00, working a total of 37.5 hours per week. Start, finish and lunch times can be flexed in agreement with your Manager.

We offer:

  • 25 days holiday allowance plus 8 Bank Holidays (total 33 days).
  • An Employee Discount of up to 40% across our wide product range.
  • Stakeholder Pension Scheme (5% employee contribution, 3% employer contribution).
  • Cycle to Work and Discount Voucher schemes.
  • An Employee Assistance Program is available for all employees and their families. As well as being a confidential support line, it also offers practical financial and life management advice 24/7.

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