Job title: Head of Sales & Marketing, Children’s Books
Company: Sweet Cherry
Location: Leicester
Is the role Full-Time? Yes
Is the role permanent? Yes
Salary: Flexible, based on experience
Contact: [email protected]
Closing date: 28 January

Job description

Department: Sales and Marketing

Reports to: Publisher

Number of Direct Reports: 5

Location: Sweet Cherry Publishing, Units 1-4, Tolwell Road, Leicester, LE4 1BR, United Kingdom

The Role:

Sweet Cherry Publishing is an award-winning children’s book publisher and we’re hiring for a Head of Sales and Marketing. This role is ideal for an experienced sales professional with proven experience in implementing domestic and export sales strategy and managing a team of sales and marketing professionals.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working with the MD and Publisher to devise B2C and B2B sales strategies in the domestic market at in existing and new export territories
  • Strategically growing sales and providing sales forecasts
  • Managing a team of 4 direct reports in the sales and marketing team to track performance and sales targets
  • Managing relationships and growth with UK sales accounts
  • Working closely with the sales assistant to ensure orders are processed in a timely and accurate manner with exceptional attention to customer service and account management
  • Working closely with the foreign rights manager to manage translation rights sales and strategise rights sales growth
  • Working closely with the marketing and publicity manager to manage marketing and publicity campaign activity and goals
  • Working closely with the export sales manager to schedule print run sales and manager a number of relationships with international distribution partners and agents, and develop new accounts in line with export growth strategy
  • Working closely with the production, operations and senior management team to track the production status of new products and restocks of existing products
  • Organising and attending meetings in the domestic market and in international territories
  • Organising and attending trade and consumer exhibitions, in the UK and worldwide
  • Managing a diary of meetings with key accounts and potential new ones, both face-to-face or in a virtual environment
  • Working with SMT to devise profitable title strategies and creative brainstorming
  • Perform managerial duties to meet the company’s operations goals
  • Providing sales and market reports to feed back to the wider team
  • Working with key stakeholders in the business and an external business coach to support the company’s profit and sales goals
  • Carrying out other sales, admin, marketing and operational duties as and when required

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • At least 5 years experience working in sales and management
  • Proven experience working in sales, providing sales forecasts and implementing sales growth strategies
  • Proven experience in managing a team of direct reports
  • Energy and passion to drive the business forward
  • Excellent IT skills and experience quickly learning new software
  • Experience using CRMs and project management software
  • Confidence to lead business negotiations
  • Strong executive level verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent mathematical, accounting and finance skills
  • Excellent organisation skills with the ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Ability to drive a culture of innovation and continuous improvement

About Us: Sweet Cherry Publishing is an award-winning independent children’s book publisher based in Leicester. We are a small team with a big mission! We believe that all children should have access to great stories and endeavour to break down the barriers which often get in the way of reading. We are proud of our Leicester heritage and work very closely with the local community to increase literacy rates and promote reading for pleasure. We are a positive and fun team with kindness, success and collaboration at the core of our values. We are proud to represent our authors and are passionate about sharing engaging stories with children of all abilities and backgrounds.

Company Mission Statement: Bringing great stories within everyone’s reach.

Company Values: Kindness, Fun, Positivity, Collaboration, Helping Society

What we offer:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Training and development
  • Free onsite parking
  • Workplace pension

Working Hours: 40 hours per week (flexible) Monday to Friday.

Core office hours: 9.30am – 4.30pm. (30 minute or 1 hour lunch unpaid)

Holiday: 20 days plus bank holidays

Starting salary: Flexible, based on experience

To apply: Please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected]