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Contracts Assistant (part-time), Hachette UK

Part-time contract working 2.5 days per week (17.5 hours)

Who are we and what do we do

One of the UK’s leading publishing groups, with a rich and diverse history, Hachette is looking for a Contracts Assistant to work primarily with the Octopus Legal Manager in its busy Group Contracts Department, based in Blackfriars.

The Contracts Department works across all trade divisions of Hachette UK for the imprints of Orion, Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, John Murray, Quercus and Little, Brown as well as Hachette Childrens and Octopus Publishing.

Behind every publication is one or more contracts with authors, illustrators, translators, film companies, toy companies and other businesses.  The Contracts Department is responsible for drafting, checking and negotiating the contracts.  We are involved with the book acquisition process, supporting editors when they make their offers to authors, illustrators, creative talent or agents.  We ensure books are acquired on sound contractual terms, that we maintain best practice and protect the commercial interests of the publishing divisions to enable them to publish to the widest audience. Our team of sixteen people handles approximately 3000 contractual paperwork requests a year.

What you’ll be doing

Reporting to the Group Contracts Director, you will work closely with the Octopus Legal Manager to

  • provide administrative support to line manager(s)
  • support other team members as required.
  • enter and update details in our databases and contracts log
  • check that final contracts are scanned and archived
  • respond to internal and external contract queries

Over time and with training you will develop drafting skills and take responsibility for certain contractual paperwork e.g. addenda, reversions, intercompany paperwork, subsidiary rights contracts.

Who we’re looking for

The ideal candidate will have good administrative and computer skills. Word, Excel, PowerPoint are essential and a knowledge of Biblio would be an advantage.  You will be very organised, able to prioritise and meet deadlines, be flexible and have an exceptional eye for detail. You will need to balance a busy and varied workload and be a collaborative team player who wants to develop and learn. Experience of working in a busy office environment would be advantageous. You may have an interest in or knowledge of contracts, copyright, rights and licensing in publishing or other media.

What we offer

This position offers the opportunity to work in a large, successful and varied publishing company with some of the most exciting books, authors, illustrators and projects across different publishing imprints and to be part of a friendly team. You will have the opportunity to liaise with the individual publishing divisions and with their external agent and author contacts.  We also offer a stimulating environment within which to learn how our business works, to gain good foundation skills and benefit from working with a knowledgeable team.

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.

Salary: £11,500 per annum (£23,000 pro-rata)

Closing date: Monday 22nd April 2019

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