Job Posting for HarperCollins Canada

 Company: HarperCollins Canada 

Date: October 15, 2021 

Job Title: Children’s Sales Assistant 

Department: Sales 

Reporting To: Sales Manager, Children’s Books, National Accounts & Analysis 

Status: Regular Full Time 

Location: 22 Adelaide Street West, Toronto (currently working remotely but will need to commute to the office when it reopens) 

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Job Summary: 

We are seeking a highly motivated Children’s Sales Assistant, reporting to the Sales Manager, Children’s Books, National Accounts & Analysis. The Children’s Sales Assistant will work with our Children’s Department to provide general support for sales functions within the department, as they pertain to Children’s product lines at HarperCollins. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

1. Harper Children’s Selling (85%) 

• Maintain children’s backlist catalogues, specialized lists and coordinate backlist promos for children’s product. 

• Provide sales assistance for Children’s Proprietary projects including seeking approval, data loading, image sourcing and attending regular proprietary meetings. 

• Coordinate materials for national accounts and maintain national account order grid. 

• Coordinate signed carton, display, and seasonal projections. 

• Data assistance for children’s titles including catalogue auditing and managing enhanced data for Usborne. 

• Prepare weekly sales reports and other sales analysis as needed for children’s product lines. 

• Assist in the creation of buying grids for major accounts 

• Coordinate with supply chain on stock shortages 

• Create presentations for major account meeting 

• Collate and distribute title change information and materials from respective publishing partners. 

• Assist with title presentations at seasonal digital sales (Kobo, Apple) and sales conference. 

• Provide general assistance for Children’s sales team. 

2. Wholesale (15%) 

• Assist with sales function for children’s wholesale channel. 

  1. • Audit and amend Booking Agreements and Purchase Orders (Wholesale) o Identify and secure approval for coop and markdowns 
  2. o Identify stock shortages and communicate them to supply chain 


• 1 year of experience in publishing or book retail would be an asset. 

• Post-secondary degree in a related field or equivalent work experience 

• Publishing Program Certificate would be an asset. 

• Knowledge of Canadian Publishing industry. 

• Proficient with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Google applications and an ability to learn a variety of company systems. 

• Strong data analysis skills 

• Strong written & oral communication and critical thinking skills. 

• Able to multi-task, and work in a fast-paced environment. 

• Must be results-oriented and take appropriate steps to achieve goals. 

• Passion for Children’s publishing would be an asset. 

What’s in It For You? 

  • • The opportunity to be part of a company on the leading edge of publishing, working with a very talented team and exceptional books 
  • • Remote work, flexible start/stop times 
  • • Paid time off days and vacation allotment, starting at three weeks 
  • • Flexible benefit plans to fit your needs and pension matching 
  • • Various virtual social activities to keep you connected – we love trivia! 
  • • Virtual author events and access to discounted books 
  • • Working with passionate people! 

About HarperCollins Canada and Harlequin 

Harlequin is a leading publisher of commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. We publish more than 100 titles a month that reach audiences globally. Encompassing highly recognizable imprints that span a broad number of genres, we are home to many award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world. Through HarperCollins’s global publishing program, Harlequin titles are published in 17 countries and 16 languages. 

Known worldwide for the quality of its list, HarperCollins Canada is the proud home of many bestselling and award-winning authors, including Esi Edugyan, Heather O’Neill, and Lawrence Hill. It is our vision to publish the best books of our generation and to work with authors over the length and breadth of their careers. Our authors are at the centre of everything we do. In addition to the Canadian publishing program, HarperCollins Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing, and publicity of HarperCollins titles from around the globe. 

External applicants are asked to apply on our website ( by October 29, 2021. 

HarperCollins Canada and Harlequin are Equal Opportunity Employers committed to 

equal employment opportunities. Employment decisions are based on job requirements and the skills, knowledge, and experience of the candidate, regardless of any other factors unrelated to job performance. 

We are also committed to ensuring that the accessibility needs of candidates and employees are considered and accommodated during the recruitment process. 

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.