Current Opportunities


Editorial Manager: Illustrated Books

This is a fantastic opportunity for a creative and enthusiastic senior illustrated editor to work with an imaginative and energetic team to shape the future of the publishing program.

One of the world’s leading independent book publishers is looking for a talented Editorial Manager to lead its History and Reference lists.

This is a key position and the successful candidate will have a proven track record in originating their own ideas and commissioning outstanding illustrated books, with at least 5 year’s commission experience.  Working within the adult editorial team, the candidate must be a team player, have strong communication skills with the ability to develop good relationships with authors, licensors and colleagues.  Thrive on multitasking, have a passion for detail, be extremely well organized and enjoy managing and developing projects.  They should have a strong network of freelance contacts for all stages of the editorial process, strong InDesign, Word and Excel skills and thrive on being part of a fast-moving creative business. They must be able to manage the creative process of all colour-illustrated titles and reprint programs from scheduling, project management from manuscript to plotter stage, with a view to maintaining the highest standards in terms of text and design, and working within a budget.

Qualities required are good commercial instincts, an ability to identify gaps in the market, a flair for spotting popular trends.  Strong budgeting and negotiation skills are a must and experience of team management is highly desirable.  

To apply please send your CV with current salary details and a covering letter to

Closing date: July 23, 2018 


Senior Designer

Carlton Books, a leading independent publisher based in central London, are looking to recruit a Senior Designer to join our talented children’s design team.  

You’ll need publishing design experience, either as an accomplished middleweight or already at a senior level, ideally with a background in children’s books. You’ll be working on our expanding children’s list on a diverse range of mainly non-fiction, highly illustrated titles for a core age group of children 6+ 

This is an exciting opportunity for a creative, passionate individual brimming with ideas and ambition. A love of children’s books is essential. 

Key skills:

-                 Thrives in a fast-paced, commercially-driven and creative environment

-                 Rises to the challenge of meeting tight schedules and able to manage multiple projects at any given time

-                 A minimum of 5 years graphic design experience in illustrated books is essential

-                 Proficient in all Creative Suite programmes:  InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and has typographic skills

-                 Positive and confident team player with excellent communication skills

-                 Has strong attention to detail, maintaining high standards of quality and integrity

-                 Highly organised, practical and ambitious to deliver the very best results

-                 Solid experience of production processes along with ability to set up and supply correct files for repro and print

-                 Maintaining excellent relationships with illustrators, authors and agents 

Key duties:

-                 Full responsibility for your own list of titles - see your own ideas come to fruition from concept to printed product

-                 Designing, commissioning and art-directing freelance designers, illustrators and other contributors

-                 Developing and overseeing projects from initial designs to final print-ready files

-                 Work closely with the editorial, production and design teams to ensure that titles are delivered to tight schedules, on budget and are of a high standard

-                 Exploring new formats and re-packaging of existing content

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter (stating your current salary) along with a PDF or link to your portfolio to:

Emily Clarke, Children’s Design Manager at 

Closing date: August 3rd, 2018 


Work Experience & Internships

We offer work experience throughout the year for up to four weeks at a time, these placements are primarily focused on editorial, marketing, publicity, design and sales, we also offer valuable experience in all departments of our business.

We also run a number of Internships, which can last up to six months. These internships give students the chance to fully immerse themselves in the role, team and company, to work on projects and to gain a thorough understanding of how the publishing process works.

While our placements are unpaid, we do offer payment towards reasonable travelling expenses and a daily lunch allowance. The experience you will gain is invaluable.


Working for the Carlton Publishing Group

Our Vision and Values

Our Purpose

To be the most commercially and creatively successful independent book publisher.

Our Key Principles

  • Professionalism in everything:  Strive to be the best that you can be.
    Think smarter, act faster and negotiate harder than our competition.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit and Global Vision:  passionately pursue growth.
    Seek out new markets, new publishing opportunities and new consumers.
  • Creativity:  the ability to identify and deliver successful concepts and ideas.
    Having a clear understanding of our assets, content and core strengths.
  • Positivity:  the attitude to make great things happen.
    Have the confidence to fix what’s wrong and celebrate what’s right.
  • Respect:  treat everyone as you would expect to be treated.
    Keep our commitment to our customers, our colleagues and ourselves.
  • Enjoyment: enjoy what we do.
    Love our work and let that passion show in every title we publish.

Our Ambition

  • To be recognised as creative pioneers in the global book market.

  • To deliver excellence and be the envy of our competitors.

  • To invest and innovate to stay ahead in a changing world.

  • To train and retain the best people to share in our success.

  • To be the best communicators to each other and to the world.