Fancy working at Unbound? Great. We’re always on the lookout for new talent.

People from all walks of life that’ll rise to any challenge and, like us, see every project as an opportunity to do something great. Entrepreneurial self-starters who are going to challenge us, and are confident enough to fight for their ideas. But who love to collaborate and make every book we produce the best yet.

If this sounds like you, here’s a list of qualities we look for in every potential Unbounder.

  • Whichever department you work in, you need to be creative.
  • You need to be passionate.
  • You need to be hardworking and like mucking in.
  • You should bring something unique to our culture.
  • And you probably need to like books.


Production Controller

The Role

We are looking for an energetic production controller with two years’ proven trade production experience to assist our Head of Production on Unbound’s exciting and wide-ranging list of fiction, non-fiction and illustrated titles.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage production of mono titles and reprints from typesetting to delivery.
  • Manage outsourced typesetting and book design.
  • Oversee the creation and distribution of Unbound eBooks.
  • Creation of individual title schedules and budgets, ensuring products are produced to budget and on time.
  • Supplier management – maintaining relationships with freelance designers and printers.
  • Keep up to date with latest developments in print and pre-press.

Requirements:

  • Two years of book production experience within the trade industry.
  • Proven knowledge of the print/production processes and quality control.
  • Experience of managing integrated colour production processes and repro desirable.
  • Highly organised with an ability to set priorities within a busy workload.
  • Proficiency in Adobe creative suite.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a successful, energised environment.
  • Enthusiasm for innovation and meeting new production challenges.
  • Working knowledge of Bibliocloud an advantage.

We are a small but growing team and this role offers an opportunity to learn about all aspects of book production, and also about Unbound’s unique publishing model.

Deadline for applications is 15 June 2017.

Please apply by emailing CV and covering letter, citing PRODUCTION CONTROLLER in the subject line, to jobs@unbound.com.

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Head of Content

The Role

At Unbound, we liberate ideas. We like to think big. We’re curious, playful and creative. We believe in great writing and that writers should be paid properly for their work.

We crowdfund and publish exceptional books by writers and creators. Now, we want to become the online home for people who love books. That’s where you come in. We’re looking for someone to manage and implement a long-term editorial strategy by publishing new content on a daily basis, right here on our website.

As well as working with our writers and creators to produce exciting material, you’ll manage a budget to commission new work from a diverse pool of talent across all multimedia platforms. Videos, audio, photography, interviews and articles. You’ll help make Unbound.com the place to visit for everyone who loves books as much as we do. We’re looking for inspiring ideas to engage people and make them want to read and share. Pieces that create conversation. Ideas that spark even more ideas. If you know where to find them, we want to hear from you.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Editorial
    • Create a daily Unbound content strategy, including a significant blog of rich, engaging, on-brand content of the highest quality.
    • Create an editorial strategy and a forward schedule of great content alongside our Social Media and Community strategies.
    • Work with an editorial board at Unbound to develop stories, ideas, and commission people to produce them where necessary.
    • Source engaging, relevant and on-brand content to bring to our community.
    • Multimedia editing skills across a range of platforms.
    • Budget responsibility – budgeting for paying and commissioning articles/pieces.
  2. Brand awareness

    Working closely with our Social Media and Community Marketing team:

    • Create and implement a structured schedule to produce daily content, as well as regular monthly features, including 50 incredible long reads a year
    • Flexibility to react to social and cultural trends and deliver content that reflects Unbound’s brand values
    • Identify new media for Unbound to develop content for
    • Tailor content for specific audience groups and media channels
    • Work with the social media manager to monitor the success of specific campaigns and articles, and draw editorial conclusions from social media data

Skills and Experience:

  • Extensive experience in print and/or online editorial across a range of topics, especially culture, current affairs, literature, human interest and lifestyle.
  • Multimedia editorial skills.
  • Strong time-management.
  • Must be able to write great copy that reflects core brand values as well as be interesting and engaging.
  • Experience having built and run a blog or other content-rich site.
  • An awareness of how content is best used and shared across social media.
  • Experience with budgeting and managing finance.

Personal Attributes:

  • You’re a self-starter who is motivated and can work well by yourself as well as within a team.
  • Creative and curious, and well suited to working within a small team and fast-growth culture.
  • A passionate advocate of literature, new and diverse writing, and cultural/creative/media product.
  • You believe in quality content, awarding a platform to writers, and the economics of creation.

Please apply to jobs@unbound.com with Head of Content in the Subject Line.

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Mid/Senior-level Front end developer

We’re looking for a self-starting and highly motivated front end developer to help us deliver delightful digital experiences to our global user base. You'll work closely with our multidisciplinary development team to deliver beautiful, modern, usable and maintainable interfaces across the Unbound platform.

The Role

We’re looking for an established front end developer, with 4-5 years’ experience to join the team. You should be fluent in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and SASS/SCSS. Our stack is primarily Rails, so experience working with a team in a Rails environment would be beneficial.

Our application’s front-end has components built in React / webpack, jQuery, Backbone and HTML5 / CSS3. Other technologies we use are: SASS/SCSS, Twitter Bootstrap, Google Analytics, Heap Analytics, Mailchimp/Mandrill, RSpec, GitHub Issues, and many more.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop engaging, easy-to-use interfaces that feel natural and empower users.
  • Develop and build reusable code as well as set standards ensuring quality and industry best practices.
  • Own front-end quality, including browser and device support.
  • Mentor junior team members.
  • Drive front-end strategy, adopting new tools and technologies where appropriate.

About you

  • Comfortable working in a fast paced, agile environment.
  • You enjoy and excel in developing high quality, testable, maintainable code.
  • Strong Git/version control experience.
  • Have a passion for high quality and obsessive attention to detail.
  • Eager to learn new technologies and embrace agile ways of working.
  • You care about business goals, and enjoy coming up with novel solutions to achieve them.
  • Bonus points for open source contributions.

About the team

We’re a small but productive and growing team split between London and Dublin who care deeply about Unbound’s mission.

Our process is agile, working in 2 week sprints. We’re constantly looking for ways to improve our workflow, and you would be part of that. We use pull requests to review code, maintain quality and learn from each other. We use continuous integration tools to automate testing and deployments. We believe in simple, maintainable, clean (and lean) code.

Benefits

  • Genuine work / life balance.
  • Pension.
  • Health insurance plan after qualifying period.
  • Ownership—you will have the chance to be part of the company’s stock option plan (EMI scheme).
  • Regular office lunches.
  • A professional development fund (for conferences, courses…).
  • A MacBook Pro or Air.
  • A bright and fun canalside workplace near Old St.
  • Work from home policy.

Please apply with Front end developer in your subject line to jobs@unbound.com.

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Product Designer (UX/UI)

We’re looking for our first full-time and lead product design hire who will direct the design of all future versions of our product, and help us deliver delightful digital experiences to our global user base.

The Role

You’ll own and drive the full end-to-end design process for mobile web and desktop, from initial concepts to high fidelity visual design and interactions.

You should have a keen eye for clean, simple design and be able to translate customer insights into interaction flows, wireframes and beautifully simple UI. You will have designed a first class product in a fast moving startup environment, and know what it is like to grow fast and build something exceptional.

Key responsibilities

  • Working collaboratively with the product manager and development team to create effective and delightful user experiences.
  • Using your product design, interaction design and visual design skills to build new features and identify areas for improvement in existing ones.
  • Preparing and conducting user research and usability tests.
  • Competitive analysis, user flows, wireframing, prototyping and developing high fidelity mockups.

About you

  • Deep understanding and experience of design thinking, product discovery, UX research methodologies, and the full end-to-end design process.
  • Experience of having worked through multiple product build and release cycles (requirements > design > development > release > analysis).
  • You’ll be able to show us outstanding examples of your previous web designs, and be confident explaining how your designs have met desired product outcomes.
  • Experience in, and disciple of, data-driven and user-centred design.
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

About the team

We’re a small but productive and growing team split between London and Dublin who all care deeply about Unbound’s mission. Our process is agile, working in two week sprints. We’re constantly looking for ways to improve our workflow, and you would be part of that.

Benefits

  • Genuine work / life balance.
  • Pension.
  • Health insurance.
  • Ownership — you will have the chance to be part of the company’s stock option plan. (EMI scheme)
  • Regular office lunches.
  • A professional development fund (for conferences, courses…)
  • A MacBook Pro or Air.
  • A bright and fun canalside workplace near Old St.
  • Work from home policy.

Please apply with Product designer in your subject line to jobs@unbound.com.

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Crowdfunding Assistant

Unbound is a uniquely innovative, award-winning and rapidly growing publisher and platform. We publish a broad range of books from established literary names to bloggers and YouTube stars. All our titles are crowdfunded by an audience passionate about making them available to the general reader.

We're seeking an enthusiastic candidate to join our crowdfunding team, helping authors to work with their networks to get the support to help them get their books funded.

You will be a key link in the process that gets great writing published, working within our crowdfunding team and with authors to create, and help implement, crowdfunding strategies.

You will help teach authors the key skills in crowdfunding and understand the key elements of marketing campaigns through email, social media and direct contact. You’ll undertake audience research, locate the key communities and the people who influence them, create and distribute content. You’ll work with authors to handle their queries, create campaigns, build an understanding of what works when it comes to getting books funded, and have the technical skills to deliver.

Key skills:

  • An interest in pursuing a career in publishing
  • Highly organised, with excellent administrative abilities
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • The ability to create exciting and engaging new content across a range of platforms
  • Resourceful and able to demonstrate initiative, especially on digital platforms
  • Fluency in social media and, ideally, the data that drives it
  • A keen interest in technology, innovation and the future shape of publishing
  • Passion for all sorts of books and the many and varied communities that love reading them
  • Confidence in identifying and contacting relevant, influential bloggers and audiences

Please apply with with Crowdfunding Assistant in your Subject Line to jobs@unbound.co.uk.

Thanks,
The Unbound Team.

P.S. Principals only. No recruiters please.

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New Projects Editor

We are looking for an experienced editor to join our small, entrepreneurial commissioning team.

We need someone with the vision and experience to look beyond the traditional publishing channels to find and develop new book projects that fit Unbound's crowdfunding model. This will mean working with creative talents – bloggers, designers, graphic artists and curators, as well as writers – to turn their knowledge and ideas into books.

Key responsibilities:

  • Identifying and working with writers and creative directors who have the vision and the network to fund a book project
  • Being able to translate ideas into fundable, market-focussed books
  • Overseeing the launch of projects on the Unbound platform
  • Managing projects through the funding process to the delivery of a finished book to our Managing Editor

You will report to John Mitchinson, Unbound’s Publisher, and will be based in our new canalside offices in a converted Victorian factory on Wenlock Basin, near Angel.

Please apply with NEW PROJECTS EDITOR in your Subject Line to to jobs@unbound.co.uk.

Thanks,
The Unbound Team.

P.S. Principals only. No recruiters please.

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Rails Developer—Dublin, Ireland

As part of our growth plan, we’re seeking to enhance our application in order to improve its effectiveness, usability and scalability.

We are looking for an experienced Rails developer to work in our Dublin office.

The Person

We are looking for the right person rather than someone with a prescriptive set of skills. If:

  • you enjoy and excel in developing high quality, testable, maintainable code
  • you are diligent and self-motivated
  • you keenly follow advances in web tech
  • you care about business goals, and enjoy coming up with novel solutions to achieve them
  • you are interested or have experience in the publishing industry
  • you enjoy working in a team, with people of varying disciplines
  • you contribute code to open-source projects

... then you're quite likely to fit the bill.

Skills

In order to hit the ground running you should be proficient in the following:

  • Developing usable, secure, scalable web applications
  • Ruby & Ruby on Rails
  • Integrating with third party services - E.g. databases, CDN, search, analytics, media codecs, email, CRM, etc
  • Test-driven development using RSpec or similar
  • Relational databases
  • JavaScript using jQuery or similar

By “proficient” we mean at least three years demonstrable experience, ideally in a commercial setting.

Technologies

Our stack includes the following technologies. Experience with these will be looked on favourably:

  • Rackspace cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Mailchimp, Mandrill
  • Ubuntu Linux, MySQL
  • Twitter Bootstrap, Backbone, jQuery, JWPlayer
  • Stripe, Paypal, BitPay
  • Lucene, SOLR, WebSOLR
  • Git/Github, Capistrano, RSpec, Pivotal Tracker
  • Mixpanel, Google Analytics

The exact size and shape of the role will be largely be defined by you. What we can guarantee is that your responsibilities will be broad and varied with the work very much hands-on.

Remuneration will be commensurate with relevant experience.

If you want to apply, please send a cover letter and C.V. to kieran@unbound.co.uk with the subject line Rails developer.

Thanks,
The Unbound Team.

P.S. Principals only. No recruiters please.

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