Diversity and Inclusion Manager Hachette UK

Diversity & Inclusion Manager

Hachette UK


In 2016 a group of employees at Hachette UK, one of the UK’s largest book publishers, got together and formed a diversity and inclusion group to address the lack of diversity in the business both in terms of employees and the books and authors we are publishing.  Since then, the group has grown to 120 members, and numerous sub-groups have formed and set up some brilliant initiatives including a Diverse Future Leaders Mentoring Programme, a school and university outreach, a partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Trust and UCL Publishing Summer School, paid 8-week internships and 12-month paid BAME traineeships, and half a dozen employee networks.  All of these initiatives form part of our diversity and inclusion strategy, which we refer to as Changing the Story.

The Changing the Story programme has been so successful that we now need someone to join us to act as the focal point for all activities, initiatives and plans so that Hachette UK can make significant progress towards being the publisher and employer of choice for all people.  We’d love to hear from you if you have worked in the area of Diversity and Inclusion for some years previously, with a track record of building and maintaining wide networks of relationships and using them actively to inform and shape your thinking. 

The role will report to our Changing the Story co-leaders, working closely with the HR team, the group CEO, and all those who take a leadership or co-ordinating role for Changing the Story initiatives.  Externally, you’ll be in contact with advisory organisations, authors, agents, publishing industry contacts and the press.  You’ll be responsible for the overall Changing the Story budget, as well as administration surrounding the group meetings. Most importantly, we’ll need you to be a thought leader in this area and help build a Diversity and Inclusion plan, helping to set and then keep track of goals, KPIs, activities and achievements of all the initiatives under the Changing the Story umbrella.  From your experience, networks and research, you’ll bring new ideas and put them into practice, in order to continually renew and refresh the company’s Diversity and Inclusion agenda and ensure that it is both relevant and commercially driven to improve the business.  A key focus initially will be to take responsibility for co-ordinating the development of a new charity strategy.

This role presents an opportunity for an outstanding communicator with a passion for social change to have a real impact on Hachette UK’s culture so that it becomes more inclusive and diverse in all respects including publishing content, author diversity, employment policies and practice and relations with the wider community.  You’ll be organised, commercially aware, and collaborative, and we can’t wait to work with you.

In return we offer a salary of £35,000 to £40,000 depending on the level of experience you bring, excellent benefits, and the chance to work in our stunning riverfront offices by Blackfriars with a company full of people who are genuinely excited by their work, the books we publish, and the importance of Changing the Story.  We aim to be the publisher and employer of choice for all people, regardless of their background.  

To apply, send your CV with covering application letter and current salary details to: recruitment@hachette.co.uk 

The closing date for applications is Friday 16th March 2018.

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are only able to get in touch directly with shortlisted candidates. If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please do let us know.

Hachette UK

Hachette UK is the second largest publishing group in the UK. The group consists of over 50 imprints within different publishing divisions: Hodder & Stoughton; Headline Publishing Group; John Murray Press; Quercus; Little, Brown Book Group; Orion Publishing Group; Bookouture; Octopus Publishing Group; Hachette Children’s Group and Hodder Education publishing books in all formats for all ages and tastes.

Our authors include JK Rowling, Stephen King, Malala Yousafzai, Cressida Cowell, Colson Whitehead, Ian Rankin, Nadiya Hussain and Matthew Syed among many others.

Hachette UK is an equal opportunities employer and employs people on the basis of their abilities