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Design Manager

₱50,000 - 65,000 per month

Managerial / Supervisory
With Business Certificates
Established in 2015
11-50 Employees
Cebu Business Park, Luz, Cebu City, Cebu
Total vacancies for this job title: 1
Posted On: May 13, 2022
Job ID: 402706

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Salary range: PHP50,000 to PHP65,000 PLUS performance bonus.


The Design Manager works to improve the quality of our design service, grows the team of high-performing book designers and illustrators who love working for Tellwell, all while improving process efficiency and growing earned revenue for the business unit.


Join a dynamic, creative team at a small business where your contributions are highly valued and you have a significant impact.

What you’ll be doing:



  • Lead and manage a team of high-performing designers and illustrators.

  • Manage productivity & financial targets while improving our process efficiency.

  • Achieve client satisfaction by promoting quality standards for book design.

  • Actively researches and stays on top of current publishing industry trends in cover design, interior book layouts and illustration work. 

  • Manage and design productive team meetings.

  • Provide input and guidance to all Tellwell staff for any design-related inquiries. 

  • Take team escalations via phone & email.

  • Other duties as assigned by top management. 

What skills are we looking for?




Technical Proficiency

  • Adobe Creative Suite: 10/10 skill level in InDesign and Photoshop, proficient in Illustrator and Acrobat Pro

  • High-level of proficiency with paragraph and character styles, master pages, frames, GREP, and more

  • Experience working with large, multi-page documents, ability to “place” text and properly import and format images for print and ebooks

  • Exceptional computer literacy, tech savvy, masters new software, workflows and processes quickly.

  • Experience in HTML and eBook design

Design Trends & Principles

  • Understands key design principles, how to create enticing covers specific to each books' genre and content

  • Keen interest in the book design industry, including a strong knowledge of past and present design trends

  • Effective use of Typography, again appropriate to each books' genre and content

Creativity & Initiative

  • Discovers new opportunities and solutions for problems by looking beyond current practices and using innovative thinking.

  • Self-directed, resourceful, and high-performing. Learns new skills, gains new knowledge and creates new ideas and methods.


  • Shares information with coworkers and clients in fluent English and Cebuano/Tagalog where appropriate, in an effective, timely, clear, concise, logical and organized manner. 

  • Represents the design department to the rest of the company.

  • Effective communication includes listening, speaking, writing, presenting and disseminating information.

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Feels at ease and comfortable in the various social settings that arise at work. 

  • Have the ability to cultivate and develop meaningful and mutually satisfying relationships with others. 

Problem Solving

  • Doing what’s best to confront problems, rather than avoid them. 

  • Approaches problems in a conscientious, disciplined, and methodical matter.

  • Maintains a positive attitude in the face of feedback from authors and tight deadlines

Analytical skills

  • Uses information from a variety of sources—including personal experience, observations, company policies and external requirements—to identify opportunities and solve problems. 

  • Recognizes the human, interpersonal and technical sides of a problem

  • Identifies cause-and-effect relationships, gets to the root of the problem

  • Defines and confirms the nature of the problem; looks at it from different angles and considers alternative solutions before moving forward with a plan to resolve it.

  • Apply knowledge and skills from past experiences to new situations

  • Explore possible solutions in an innovative and creative way


  • The ability to be self-directed, self-controlled and self-reliant in planning and making important decisions. 

  • Being able to stand on one's own feet, but not at the exclusion of seeking and considering other people's opinions.

Tell it well!


Publishing a book is easy, but doing it well takes a team effort. Want to work with a fun-loving and passionate team in Cebu (and Canada!) who care about quality, honesty, teamwork, the pursuit of excellence, and entrepreneurial spirit. Get to know us with a short Cebu office recruitment video here. Consider this opportunity to help a wide range of authors publish books in a variety of genres — fiction (thriller, sci fi, romance, etc), expert/business consultant books, memoirs, kids books, and a wide range of interesting nonfiction topics. Talk to diverse and interesting people every day. Deliver truly consultative advice and information to help authors make sense of a complex industry and decide what to do with their books (aka their “baby”). Join a dynamic, creative team at a successful small business where your contributions are highly valued and you have a significant impact.


About Tellwell


Tellwell has been operating in Canada since 2015 and in Cebu since 2018. We also publish books in Canada, USA, Australia and internationally. Tellwell was named "10 to Watch" by Douglas Magazine in 2015, made the list of's Top 50 Fastest Growing Start-ups in Canada, and was a finalist for Startup of the Year. In 2018 Tellwell launched an office in Cebu City to expand our operations internationally and to improve the quality of our services by tackling some of the most difficult challenges in publishing. We recruited a team with many decades of combined experience.


Our company values include passion, talent, teamwork, honesty and entreprenuerial spirit. We've built a strong team in Cebu and we are excited to have additional openings! In just two years we've done tembuilding events in Bohol, Siquijor, Malapascua, and more!


You can learn more about our team at


COVID 19? Don't worry, we can provide equipment for a home office until we are able to move back into our offices in Cebu. We can onboard and train you remotely! Apply now! 

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