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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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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New Opportunity: Publication Researcher

Phaidon is recruiting an ambitious, passionate and rigorous researcher for a new, visual publication dedicated to hip-hop culture.

About the Opportunity

We are looking for an organized, detailed oriented researcher and hip-hop enthusiast to assist author Dr. Todd Boyd—Chair of Race and Popular Culture Studies and Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California (USC), and a media commentator, author, producer, consultant, and scholar—in the research and fact-checking of his upcoming Phaidon publication.

The role will involve working closely with Dr. Boyd to assist his research by doing the following: researching and fact-checking/verifying relevant topics, people, events, details etc.; tracking down and collating visual materials to aid in the picture research process managed by Phaidon; light administrative responsibilities; among other ad hoc tasks as requested by the author and publisher. Applicants should be confident working/interacting with Google Sheets.

The role can be adapted to the work and life commitments of the successful candidate, but we anticipate that the work will amount to approximately 200 hours over a period of five months, with some periods requiring more intensive focus than others. The ideal candidate will be US-based, preferably on the west coast to aid Dr. Boyd most effectively, but all applications welcome. Note, this is a remote working position, however we would expect the successful candidate to be available for regular online meetings with both the author and publisher.

Pay is commensurate with experience.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should send a covering letter with their resume and the names of two referees to careers@phaidon.com by no later than May 31, outlining their interest in the project, and relevant past research / proven track record in no more than two pages.

The successful candidate will be invited for an informal interview via Zoom with Dr. Boyd, publisher Deb Aaronson, and the book’s project editor.

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Senior Production Controller (London)

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

With a minimum of 3–5 years previous experience working in a four-colour production environment, the successful candidate will have an amazing eye for colour and a proven and demonstrable ability to realise design visions at the very finest-quality levels. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your production skills at the highest level.

Skills must include a strong understanding of four-colour repro, printing, binding and finishing techniques, along with proven knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, Excel, and Google Drive.

The successful candidate will be a clear communicator, with excellent organisational skills and the ability to confidently and effectively problem solve in a fast-paced environment. Experience of working in the visual arts would be an advantage.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide full production support within the global bookmaking team on specific titles
  • Interpret the book specifications in order to realise the design brief within budget and schedule
  • Creatively research alternative solutions and techniques to realise design briefs
  • Control all aspects of pre-press, including assessing the quality of originals, preparing materials for repro, proof-checking, colour correction, file checking, etc.
  • Liaise directly with artists, designers, chefs, architects, and photographers as necessary
  • Review and update schedules on a live basis with the bookmaking team
  • Ensure all budgets are met, and the bookmaking team are kept updated on all costs
  • Issue Purchase Orders with full and detailed specifications and instructions
  • Review and approve final plotters, running sheets, and final copies prior to approval
  • Maintain all company systems as necessary.

Essential Skills:

  • Strong interest in book production at a leading art publisher, ideally with previous experience
  • Proven ability to deliver products to exacting quality standards, on time and on budget
  • A strong understanding of four-colour repro and printing, with the ability to work directly with artists and designers to realise their vision
  • Excellent knowledge of a wide range of finishing and binding styles, and their interactions within the bookmaking process
  • Demonstrable knowledge and skills in InDesign, Photoshop, Excel, and Google Drive
  • 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
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to negotiate and work effectively with suppliers around the world

Closing date: 31 May, 2022

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 carried out within our offices. Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

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

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