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Live Events Consultant - FTC

Hachette UK
London (Central), London (Greater)
£40,000+ dependent on experience
Closing date
1 Mar 2021
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About Hachette UK

Hachette UK is a leading publishing group and creative powerhouse (number two in the UK market after Penguin Random House). Our mission is to make it easy for everyone, everywhere, to unlock new worlds of ideas, learning, entertainment and opportunity.

We’re made up of 10 autonomous publishing divisions and over 50 imprints with a rich and diverse history and incredible range of output. We’re also the market leader in e-books and publish a range of bestsellers in audio format, the fastest growing part of our business. Hachette UK in part of Hachette Livre, the world’s third largest trade and educational publisher, and the UK region has offices in Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, the Caribbean, and Ireland, as well as plans to open five new regional offices across the UK. Our headquarters are in Carmelite House on Victoria Embankment and we have recently opened a state-of-the-art distribution centre in Oxfordshire, with the most advanced book distribution technology in Europe.

Our award-winning adult trade divisions are Little, Brown, Orion, John Murray Press, Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, Quercus, Bookouture and Octopus. They publish fiction and non-fiction in digital, audio and print format, from the world’s best and most diverse authors, including JK Rowling, 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. Hachette Children's Group publishes a wide and vibrant range of books for children across all age ranges, from the award-winning ‘Oi’ series to ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’, to our ever-popular Enid Blyton collection. Hodder Education is a market leader in resources for both primary and secondary schools.

We also publish leading authors in many specialist areas of the market, including Mental Health, Business & Finance, Coaching, Autism, Dyslexia, Yoga, Fashion, Art and Photography.

The publishing market continues to grow and thrive. The UK remains the largest exporter of physical books in the world and book adaptations for film and TV are the foundation of the UK’s creative industries.

Our culture

People at Hachette UK are incredibly proud of the contribution publishing makes to the world. We are continuously evolving our inclusive, transparent, open and progressive culture. We believe that our people and creativity can only thrive in an environment where everyone feels free to share ideas, opinions and criticism. Making diversity an integral part of our publishing and staff identity, through a programme called ‘Changing the Story’, is one of the core pillars of our business strategy. We have eight employee networks to foster inclusion and belonging, and to bring about ongoing change in our company and the wider industry. These include Hachette Pride, which is dedicated to sharing the voices of LGBTQ+ staff and authors, Hachette THRIVE, which supports our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and authors, and Hachette Gender Balance, which works to ensure balanced recruitment and progression for all genders within the company. Our leaders, and all our people, are unique and bring their authentic selves to work.

The opportunity

Hachette UK is growing organically and through acquisition and expanding into exciting new areas of business related to our core business of publishing.

We are looking for a Live Events Consultant to shape and establish our new Live Events business. This business will enable our community of incredible authors to bring their expertise to new and existing audiences through live events, organised and delivered to the same impeccable standards of our publishing output.

This opportunity is a six-month contract with the potential to be extended. The role will report directly to Nick Davies, Managing Director of John Murray Press, a division of Hachette UK.

At Hachette UK we are passionate advocates of flexible working and attracting people from diverse backgrounds and communities to our business. This role can be based at our London office, at any of our new regional offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Bristol, or can be done primarily from home. There will be an expectation to work occasional evenings and weekends as required due to the nature of the business. This role can be done on a full-time or part-time basis.

Salary expectations are £40,000+ depending on the expertise and experience you bring.

What you’ll be doing

  • You will complete an audit of the current events output across Hachette and make strategic recommendations on how we can grow this area of the business.
  • You will establish a commercial programme of ‘Masterclasses’ for the general public drawing on our authors’ expertise across areas such as Creative Writing, Self Help, Science and Psychology, Cookery, Photography and Yoga.
  • You will establish a complimentary ‘Masterclass’ programme for corporate clients covering Leadership, Coaching, Creativity and Diversity & Inclusion, amongst other themes.
  • You will collaborate with and advise our specialist in-house marketing teams to help deliver branded Conferences and Training programmes across Autism, Mental Health and Social Work.
  • Hachette already co-produces dozens of high-profile author events – both in-person and online – in association with FANE Productions. You will feed into this strategy and also look at longer-term touring opportunities for our mainstream authors.

These are the main requirements of the role, but it is not an exhaustive list of duties.

About you

  • You will have at least two years’ experience in producing live event both on stage and online.
  • You will be a strategic thinker, who can evaluate new commercial opportunities and build a business case that attracts internal investment.
  • You will have a good range of contacts with venues, corporate clients and ticketing partners.
  • You will be able to demonstrate successful management of programmes and budgets.
  • And have a good understanding of the different financial models in the Live Events space.
  • You will have experience of audience engagement and in advertising and promoting the events.
  • You will be able to demonstrate a creative and collaborative spirit as you work with different publishing teams across the business.
  • You will also be able to work under your own initiative and self-direction.
  • You must have the ability to remain calm under pressure and deliver impeccable author care.
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