Senior Designer

HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY USA

Work at HarperCollins Publishers

Duration: Full-Time

HarperCollins Publishers is seeking a Senior Designer to join the Design Department, working in an exciting, fast-paced environment on literary fiction and poetry, non-fiction, offsets, and heavily illustrated books for mainly the following Imprints: Ecco, Dey Street, Voyager and Morrow Cookbooks. The Senior Designer will be responsible for all stages of interior book design for assigned titles from manuscript to bound books and will work on projects of all levels of complexity with a focus on adult trade titles. This position will report to the Senior Design Manager.


  • Design mostly 1-color interiors and some 4-color interiors. Prepare and route layouts for approval.
  • Create tight desktop templates for composition group to page books downstream. Review page proofs at various stages. For heavily illustrated titles, full desktop composition, input text corrections, and handle all stages of book production for assigned titles.
  • Design photo inserts, binding die mechanicals and endpapers.
  • Prepare print and/or digital samples for Sales Department and Marketing, as needed.
  • Manage art program for assigned titles: evaluate digital images for good print quality; review color proofs and T-prints. Liaise between prepress, editorial, and author to ensure best print quality.
  • Collaborate with design team, publishers, editors and authors as well as managing editorial, production and composition teams.
  • Commission independent contractors and vendors; negotiate fees and generate contracts.
  • Meet tight deadlines, monitor components, keep accurate records, and track budgets for assigned projects.
  • Work on paperback reductions and offsets.
  • Traffic files via our RSuite workflow system and via email.
  • Access, download and archive files utilizing our Digital Access Management System.


  • Minimum 4+ years of design experience required working on simple through complex titles; 4/color and illustrated book experience a must.
  • Must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in desktop publishing working with InDesign on a Macintosh computer.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator a plus.
  • Strong project management skills: detail-oriented, well-organized and ability to set priorities under pressure.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects with tight deadlines simultaneously at various stages of production.
  • Experience working closely with authors and editors a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be a team player

Please submit a link to an online portfolio or a pdf of your work along with your resume.

HarperCollins Publishers is a company full of people who are passionate about books. When you apply for a position, we want to know why you want to work here, and why you are interested in the job. That’s why cover letters are strongly preferred.

HarperCollins is an equal opportunity employer.

Our recruitment team will review all applications submitted through Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. This role will be taken down when we are no longer accepting new applicants.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter on our website:

About HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 17 countries. With 200 years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 16 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at


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