What you’ll be doing

Orion has an exciting opportunity for a Production Controller to join the Production team. This role is ideal for a production assistant who wants step up to the next level and work across our dynamic and varied imprints with a knowledgeable and experienced team.

You will be responsible for the production of front list titles spanning our range of imprints working primarily on mono titles covering everything from fiction to nonfiction and commercial to literary.

Key tasks will include:

  • Using Biblio to spec up, cost and order titles along with running reports to track their progress
  • Working with key internal stakeholder and external suppliers to deliver high quality products on time and within budget
  • Processing invoices
  • Negotiating prices, maintaining schedules and prioritising tasks
  • Correcting and archiving files
  • Produce ebooks alongside each front list print edition
  • Supporting the Head of Production, Production Manager and Senior Production Controllers on key projects
  • Testing system updates and new releases for Biblio

Who we are looking for

Someone who is…

  • Looking to expand their prior book production experience ideally from a trade publisher. This would be ideal for a production assistant looking to step up.
  • A natural communicator – confident in building strong relationships with colleagues, suppliers and other stakeholders
  • Capable of working in a busy team environment where you are encouraged to work collaboratively
  • Highly organised with the ability to prioritise workload, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • A creative problem solver who can offer up solutions to ensure books are cost effective, delivered in a timely fashion and remain on budget
  • Meticulous about detail and able to complete tasking with thoroughness, accuracy and consistency

Desirable but not essential:

  • Knowledge of Biblio3 including DAM

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, Private Medical Insurance, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 community days per year, many employee networks to join, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

The role will be based at our London office, Carmelite House, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

Orion Publishing Group, a division of Hachette UK, publishes commercial, award-winning popular fiction and non-fiction alongside beautiful gift products and is home to bestselling authors and brands such as Ian Rankin, Adam Kay, Michael Connelly, Cathy Bramley, Noel ‘The Supervet’ Fitzpatrick, Bird Bingo, Glastonbury Festival, the Ordnance Survey, Candice Carty-Williams and the Hairy Bikers.


We won the Publisher of the Year award at the British Book Awards in 2021, and our Production team are key to making every book and gift a success. We are a friendly, collaborative and passionate team working across the entire publishing programme for Orion. Our imprints include Gollancz, Laurence King, Orion Fiction, Orion Spring, Phoenix, Seven Dials, Trapeze, Weidenfeld & Nicolson and White Rabbit.

Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

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 www.booktradeentrysupport.org


£26,000 – £28,000 dependent on experience and location (+bonus +benefits)

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