Careers at Phaidon

The Phaidon family of companies — Phaidon, The Monacelli Press, and Artspace — are devoted to celebrating and showcasing the creative arts through our growing publishing programs and e-commerce marketplace platforms. In each of our companies, we offer career opportunities to curious, creative, and independent individuals who share our passion for art, design, architecture, and popular culture.

Phaidon is the premier global publisher of the creative arts with over 1,500 titles in print. We work with the world's most influential artists, chefs, writers, and thinkers to produce innovative books on art, photography, design, architecture, fashion, food, and travel, and illustrated books for children. Phaidon is headquartered in New York and London, with offices in Paris and Berlin. Phaidon books are sold in a wide variety of sales channels, bookstores, and specialty shops, retail and online around the world.

The Monacelli Press, a leading publisher of illustrated books for twenty-five years, challenges the conventions of publishing to produce some of the most provocative, inspiring, and essential titles on architecture, visual art, interior design, landscape architecture, and photography. A separate imprint, Monacelli Studio, was founded in 2015 and focuses on the applied arts, adding art instruction, photography technique, and crafts to the publisher's growing list of books. In 2020, Monacelli joined the Phaidon family of companies.

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Managing Editor (London)

Phaidon are looking to appoint an exceptional Managing Editor, based in London. This new role will be responsible for the line-management of an editorial team in Phaidon’s London and New York offices, establishing and fostering a highly collaborative and creative workplace culture, mentoring and supporting talent from the most inexperienced to senior levels, and ensuring the smooth running of the department.

Working closely with the Publisher and Commissioning Editors, the Managing Editor will be responsible for overseeing editorial assignments and workloads, tracking and maintaining the commissioning pipeline, and helping the team to resolve problems in order to keep books on time and within budget within Phaidon’s exacting standards. In addition to their management role, the successful candidate will also project manage between 2-4 books per year as well as overseeing the reprint process, imprint page checks and the publication of books into new formats and bindings.

Substantial and proven complex project-management experience is essential, along with first-class communication skills, a dedication to excellence and accuracy, the ability to work calmly under pressure, and a talent for building strong relationships with others. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrable knowledge of and passion for the subjects covered by our list. We are looking to work with talented people based on their abilities and we would particularly welcome applications from candidates from currently under-represented groups in book publishing.

When applying, please include details of any specialist skills or subject knowledge you may have. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an online interview and asked to complete an editorial test, which can be done at home. This full-time position is based in our London office, currently working from the office for a minimum of three days per week.

To apply, please send a current CV and cover letter to careers@phaidon.com.

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the country for which they are applying.

Closing date: 1 August 2022

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Senior Production Controller (New York)

Phaidon are seeking a multi-talented Senior Production Controller to join our award-winning global production team. Based in our New York office and working closely with the global bookmaking teams, artists and designers, the successful candidate will be responsible for the complete production process of a range of highly production-focused front list titles.

This is a unique opportunity to showcase your book making production skills, at the very highest level.

Responsibilities:

  • To develop a number of titles per season, and be responsible for the production process
  • From head to tail in all aspects of the book making process
  • Develop and realise the design brief, creatively researching solutions and techniques
  • Liaise with clients, artists, designers, and studios and any other contributors in the development of the project, and beyond
  • Control all aspects of pre-press, including assessing the quality of originals, preparing materials for repro, soft and hard proof-checking, full color correction, file checking, etc.
  • Ensure all budgets, schedules and quality levels are met
  • Work closely with international printers on the full and detailed specifications and instructions for manufacture
  • Review and approve final plotters, running sheets, and final copies prior to approval to ship
  • Review and update schedules on a live basis with the bookmaking team
  • Maintain all company systems as necessary
  • To deliver products to exacting quality standards, on time and on budget

Essential Skills:

  • A minimum of 3–5 years previous experience working in a four-color, book making production environment
  • An amazing eye for color and a proven and demonstrable ability to realise design visions at the very finest-quality levels
  • A strong understanding of four-color repro and printing, with the ability to work directly with artists, designers, and printers to realise their vision
  • Excellent knowledge of a wide range of finishing and binding styles, and their interactions within the bookmaking process
  • An ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines
  • Self-starter with excellent organizational skills and an exceptional attention to detail
  • Proven ability to negotiate and work effectively with suppliers around the world, in differing time zones
  • Clear communicator, with excellent organisational skills and the ability to confidently and effectively problem solve in a fast-paced environment

We are looking to work with talented people based on their abilities and we would particularly welcome applications from candidates from currently under-represented groups in book publishing. Candidates will be selected for interview based on their abilities. The selection process will comprise a combination of interviews and practical tests. This full-time position is based in our New York office, currently working from the office for a minimum of three days per week.

To apply, please email a full CV and cover letter to careers@phaidon.com

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the country for which they are applying.

Closing date: 5 August 2022

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Project Editor (New York City)

A vacancy has arisen for an editor to project manage our titles (excluding Food and Children’s books). Working closely with the Publisher and Commissioning Editors, the editor will be involved in all aspects of book creation, from the early stages of commissioning through to hand-over to production. This will include commissioning and assessing texts, editing, picture management, managing budgets and schedules, as well as supervising freelance staff. The editor will liaise extensively with photographers, authors, designers, and Phaidon’s production team.

Substantial and proven complex project-management experience is essential, along with a dedication to excellence and accuracy, and a talent for building strong relationships with others. The successful candidates will also have a demonstrable knowledge of and passion for the subjects covered by our list.

We are looking to work with talented people based on their abilities and we would particularly welcome applications from candidates from currently under-represented groups in book publishing.

When applying, please include details of any specialist skills or subject knowledge you may have. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an online interview and asked to complete an editorial test, which can be done at home. The position is based in our New York City office.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to careers@phaidon.com.

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the country for which they are applying.

Closing date: July 29, 2022

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Office Manager/Sales + Promotions Assistant

Phaidon is seeking a talented individual to join our dynamic team in our Bleecker Street/New York City office as Office Manager / Sales + Promotions Assistant. The successful candidate will work across several functional areas to support the Phaidon and Monacelli publishing operations. Specifically, he/she will support the office operations in all capacities to ensure all areas are provided the necessary support such as handling deliveries, managing supplies, managing operational expenses, and providing ad hoc support to senior management.

An additional aspect of the role is to support Phaidon sales in all support capacities such as updating online platforms, creating spreadsheets, reviewing orders, and other miscellaneous duties.

This is an ideal entry level position for someone seeking to get broad exposure to publishing at one of the foremost illustrated book publishers in the world. He/she will work in a dynamic setting together with employees who are creative, articulate, and passionate about the arts and contemporary culture.

Basic duties – Office Manager component:

  • Answer phones, greet visitors
  • Handle all packages, mail, deliveries
  • Manage all aspects of the office space/facilities including purchasing of materials, supplies, manage cleaners, maintenance, pantry, AC, etc.
  • Order supplies
  • Manage monthly office expense submission
  • Work with suppliers and vendors to ensure we are getting best pricing; negotiate pricing options, analyse spending, etc.
  • Oversee incoming books, advances, and manage distribution lists
  • Other miscellaneous duties as needed

Basic duties – Sales + Promotions Assistant

  • Provide support to sales team with design and implementation of title sheets, order forms, decks, reporting, and other collateral
  • Work with sales team to ensure Edelweiss presence is robust
  • Collaborate with sales, marketing and PR teams to devise and implement creative initiatives on a seasonal basis
  • Assist Monacelli marketing/publicity by updating calendar, writing press releases, uploading assets, create sales and marketing documents

Skills include Microsoft Outlook, Powerpoint, Exel, InDesign, and other office applications. Needs to be highly organized and able to work in a fast-paced and creative environment.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to careers@phaidon.com.

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Senior Publicist (New York City)

Phaidon is seeking a full-time Senior Publicist based in New York City to work across culinary, interiors, gardening, and lifestyle categories. The candidate will work closely with the Publicity Manager and collaborate with UK colleagues to execute global publicity campaigns.

The successful candidate will be highly organized, self-motivated to meet deadlines, and adept at working in a fast-paced, dynamic publishing environment. This fantastic opportunity offers a chance to work with the world’s most influential artists, designers, chefs, architects, and photographers.

To apply, please email a full CV and cover letter to careers@phaidon.com. Only candidates who write to to Phaidon directly with these materials will be considered.

Responsibilities:

  • Execute creative publicity campaigns for approximately 10 titles per season
  • Pitch national, local, and trade media for reviews and interviews in print, broadcast, and digital
  • Cultivate long lasting press relations ships with key contacts
  • Communicate and collaborate regularly with UK press contact on global campaigns
  • Maintain diligent records of publicity hits, clips, and press quotes
  • Write press releases and format in InDesign
  • Use Muck Rack to build and maintain media lists
  • Available for non-traditional work hours including nights and weekends for author events

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years’ experience in book publicity
  • Previous experience in pitching cookbooks, interiors, lifestyle titles a major plus
  • Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail
  • Must be able to prioritize, multi-task, and manage time effectively
  • An ability to work in a fast-paced environment under deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and InDesign experience
  • Must be based in New York City area

Closing date: June 30, 2022

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Fall 2022 Publicity & Marketing Internship, New York City (Part-time)

Start Date: September 2022 | End Date: December 2022

Phaidon and Monacelli are seeking a part-time Publicity & Marketing Intern to provide administrative and publicity support. The candidate will work closely with the Marketing and Publicity Director of Monacelli Press and Phaidon’s Publicity Manager. This applicant must be based in the New York City region and available to come into the office 3 days a week.

The successful candidate will be highly organized, self-motivated to meet deadlines, and adapt at working in a fast-paced, dynamic publishing environment. This fantastic opportunity offers a chance to work with the world’s most influential artists, designers, chefs, architects, and interior designers.

The position will last as a 12-week long program. Pay is $15/hour for 2.5 days/week for a total of 20 hours/week. Previous book publishing experience is not required.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support to the Publicity & Marketing teams
  • Maintain publicity clips and trade submissions
  • Handle all book mailings in New York office, and warehouse mailings while remote
  • Use Muck Rack to build and maintain media lists
  • Manage the awards program and track submissions
  • Submit seasonal announcements to trade publications
  • Assist with research projects and social media platforms

Qualifications:

  • Strong interest in book publicity at a leading art publisher
  • Genuine interest in art, design, and cookery books
  • Ability to work from Phaidon and Monacelli’s office
  • Must be able to prioritize, multi-task, and manage time effectively
  • An ability to work in a fast-paced environment under deadlines
  • ong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Closing date: August 19, 2022

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Marketing Manager (London)

Phaidon seeks a talented Marketing Manager to execute dynamic marketing campaigns for our front list titles. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with the world’s most influential artists, designers, chefs, architects, and photographers, as part of a small and friendly team based in East London (E15). The role reports to the Global Director of Marketing & Publicity, and will liaise with colleagues in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The successful candidate will be responsible for building marketing campaigns with third party brands and retailers that drive awareness and sales of front list titles. The campaigns will be both creative and commercial, incorporating events, digital promotions, direct marketing and social media.

Responsibilities:

  • Conceive, develop and implement innovative, effective marketing campaigns for approximately 10 titles per season.
  • Liaise directly with high-profile authors and their representatives.
  • Research, pitch and secure sponsors and partners for author tours/events and content programs.
  • Cultivate long-term relationships with current and new brand partners.
  • Manage the UK title marketing budget.
  • Collaborate with North American, European and Asia-Pacific editorial, press, marketing, social media, e-commerce, and sales teams to build fully integrated global launch campaigns.
  • Be available for non-traditional work hours including nights and weekends for author events.
  • Maintain diligent records and conduct analysis of marketing programs.
  • Manage work experience candidates and interns.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 3-5 years previous experience in marketing or communications, preferably within the creative arts or publishing industries.
  • A background and/or interest in Phaidon's core publishing categories - art, architecture, design, fashion, food.
  • Passion for developing and executing creative as well as commercial campaigns.
  • Experience organising events and working with high-calibre talent and brands
  • Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail.
  • An ability to work in a fast-paced environment under deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proactive, independent, problem-solving approach.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; Google Suite; InDesign a plus.

To apply, please send a current CV and cover letter to careers@phaidon.com.

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the country for which they are applying.

Closing date: 1 September 2022

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