Senior Designer – Maternity Cover (Edinburgh or London). Fixed term contract for at least 9 months.

Canongate Books is one of the UK’s leading independent publishers and we’re looking for a highly experienced and enthusiastic full-time Senior Designer to join the team in our Edinburgh or London office. Working within the Art Department team, the successful candidate will assist with all aspects of Design. You will have a proven track record of both designing and commissioning covers that challenge the market but appeal to a wide audience. You will be passionate about all areas of design but also look further afield for inspiration as we are always looking to push the idea on how a book should be presented to the world. Canongate has an extremely strong reputation for its design, and we want you to be as ambitious as we are.

Key duties will include:

  • Design a varied range of quality covers across non-fiction and fiction
  • Commission freelancers and illustrators and enjoy speaking with authors when necessary
  • Be comfortable managing your own workload
  • Mentoring our Designer
  • Play a close supporting role to the Art Director

We offer a competitive salary with a wide range of benefits.

Staff Benefits:

  • Minimum 35 days paid holidays (includes bank holidays) increasing with length of service
  • Flexible working
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Private Healthcare including access to online GP and advisory services
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discretionary Bonus Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity leave
  • Enhanced Paternity leave
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Eye tests for staff in London (free in Scotland)
  • Paid volunteer day
  • Discounted Books.

To apply, please send your CV (including contact details for two references) and a covering letter to Rafaela Romaya detailing why you feel you are suitable for this role. Email to The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 23rd February.


Canongate is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment and its employment policies for recruitment are designed to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity/paternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to everyone. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted for the position. We will keep your information securely until 31st March 2024. Unless you are the successful applicant, all of your information will be deleted from our systems at that point.