Who are we hiring ?

Here at Unbound we value entrepreneurial self-starters who are confident enough to challenge how we do things and promote their own ideas. We are a collaborative and inclusive organisation and are passionate about what we do and the books we make. We care a lot about providing top level publishing services and connecting creative individuals with the audiences that can bring their ideas to life. We are changing the way publishing works to make it more accessible and we’re proud of that.

Who are we looking for:

  • Self Starters
  • Team Players
  • Optimists
  • Decision Makers
  • Hard Workers
  • Passionate Readers
  • Creatives
  • Mucker Inners

We are looking for people from all walks of life who are ready to rise to the challenge of changing the face of publishing with us. The culture here is one that supports fun, creativity, honesty, flexibility, respect and a strong appreciation for a healthy work life balance.

If the above sounds like you, please get in touch through jobs@unbound.co.uk. Our current vacancies are listed below.


Senior Project Editor (6-month maternity cover)

Reporting to the interim Head of Editorial, we are looking for an experienced project editor with proven trade editorial experience to cover a maternity leave. The successful candidate will personally project manage from delivery to publication a selection of Unbound's wide-ranging list of fiction, non-fiction and illustrated titles. It is an opportunity to work with an exciting list of authors that includes Tom Cox, Jackie Morris, Jonathan Meades, Musa Okwonga, Alice Jolly, Patrick McCabe, and Kate Lister. We pride ourselves on our can-do, positive attitude and high standard of author care.

This is not a commissioning role.

Unbound are a small and passionate team. We are looking for an adaptable, proactive individual who is happy to roll up their sleeves and take a collaborative approach to all tasks undertaken. We are committed to making book publishing a more diverse and representative industry so we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, and other ethnic minority candidates.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Project manage multiple and varied titles to the highest editorial standards, keeping to critical path and budget
  • Take the lead on author communications throughout the editorial and production processes
  • Liaise with in-house departments to ensure production schedule, cover design and promotional material are all to critical path
  • Commission and liaise with freelance structural editors, copyeditors, proofreaders and indexers, choosing the best team for the job, monitoring standards and keeping to budget
  • Manage the legal review process where relevant
  • Manage proof collation and the entire corrections process accurately and efficiently
  • Commission, design and manage the production of plate sections, maps, pictures and text permissions and other approvals as necessary

Key Skills Required

  • 5+ years' proven trade editorial experience
  • Excellent proofreading and copyediting skills
  • Excellent copywriting skills
  • Highly organised with an ability to set priorities within a busy workload
  • Enthusiasm for innovation and meeting new challenges
  • Working knowledge of Consonance an advantage

6-month fixed term contract.

Salary: £34k per annum (dependent on experience)

Closing Date: 27 May 2022

To apply send an email attaching your CV and covering letter, citing ‘Senior Project Editor’ in the title line, to jobs@unbound.co.uk

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Head of Production

Reporting to the Managing Director, we are looking for an experienced production professional with proven trade experience to see all Unbound titles into print and ebook at the highest standards.

The successful candidate will be a creative thinker, open to unique production ideas and leading the business in what could be possible. They will have a portfolio of contacts with freelancers and printers to draw on to create our beautiful books.

Unbound are a small and passionate team. We are looking for an adaptable, proactive individual who is happy to roll up their sleeves and take a collaborative approach to all tasks. We are committed to making book publishing a more diverse and representative industry so we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, and other ethnic minority candidates.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Being responsible for the production, manufacturing and delivery to schedule of all Unbound’s print products and ebooks, including:
    • Working closely with editorial to create detailed production schedules based on publication date, and liaising with editors throughout the production process to ensure these are met
    • Managing interior book designs through to final files, including briefing external typesetters and four-colour book designers
    • Controlling all aspects of pre-press including preparing materials for repro, working with external repro houses on colour management and passing final printer plotters and running sheets
    • Taking in final text and design corrections using InDesign and Photoshop
  • Working with printers, shippers and logistics suppliers on UK and US deliveries and distribution, including reviewing all relevant customs and shipping documents
  • Working with the sales department on stock management and reprints
  • Working with the Head of Editorial on cost forecasts to calculate crowdfunding targets
  • Maintaining good working relationships, negotiating price deals and payment terms with existing suppliers, whilst actively seeking new suppliers per the interests of the business

Key Skills Required

  • Minimum 5+ years’ experience working with mono-and four-colour book design and production in a senior trade publishing role
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign and Photoshop
  • Excellent knowledge of printing techniques, materials and binding styles
  • A good network of freelance designers and printers
  • Experience of domestic and international distribution
  • Strong organisational skills with an ability to set priorities within a busy workload
  • Enthusiasm for innovation and meeting new challenges

Salary: £50k per annum (dependent on experience)

Closing Date: 29 May 2022

To apply send an email attaching your CV and covering letter, citing ‘Head of Production’ in the title line, to jobs@unbound.co.uk

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Senior Front-end Developer

To further support our ambitious development plans, we’re looking for an experienced and talented front-end developer to help us deliver delightful digital experiences to our global user base.

The successful candidate will own, direct and drive the development of the front end of Unbound’s suite of applications including the main website (unbound.com) and a variety of in-house and public-facing services.  You will work closely with our multidisciplinary development team, based in Dublin and London, to deliver beautiful, modern and maintainable interfaces. 

You will implement front-end functionality - using your expertise to decide between client-rendered React components, server-rendered ERB pages (Rails experience useful, but not required) or a hybrid approach. You will own Unbound’s in-house component library and further develop it and our style guide, in accordance with our Figma UX designs.

Unbound are a small and passionate team. We are looking for an adaptable, proactive individual who is happy to roll up their sleeves and take a collaborative approach to all tasks undertaken. We are committed to making book publishing a more diverse and representative industry so we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and other ethnic minority candidates.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Develop engaging, easy-to-use interfaces that feel natural and empower users
  • Develop and build reusable code and set standards ensuring quality and industry best practice
  • Own front end quality, including browser and device support
  • Maintain a high awareness of industry issues and trends, particularly in regards to accessibility, usability and new technologies
  • Share expertise with team members and mentoring junior members of staff

About our Platform

Our application’s front end has components built using React (via webpack), jQuery, and static HTML5 / CSS3. We use REST APIs to communicate with our Rails server. We use plenty of other technologies across our suite of applications’ stacks: SASS/SCSS, NodeJS, NextJS, Heap Analytics, Mailchimp/Mandrill, RSpec, Travis CI, AWS, Github, and many more.

Our process is agile, working in 2 week sprints, regularly presenting our new work to stakeholders and the rest of the business. 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.

Key Skills Required

  • Minimum 4 years development experience
  • Fluent in React, with a deep understanding of HTML5, CSS3 & Javascript
  • UX design experience would be beneficial

The successful candidate will:

  • Be comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative, agile environment with a remote team
  • Have a passion for high quality and obsessive attention to detail
  • Be eager to learn new technologies
  • Enjoy recommending novel solutions to achieve business goals
  • Comfortable presenting ideas to stakeholders and able to explain complex technical ideas to non-technical people

Location: Remote working or London-based.

Salary: £60k per annum.

To apply send an email including your CV to jobs@unbound.co.uk entitled ‘Front End Developer’. 

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