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Custom Sales Production Controller (Permanent) - DK Production

Custom Sales Production Controller (Permanent)

We have an excellent opportunity for a Production Controller within DK’s Special Sales and Custom Production team.

This department works to repackage DK’s well-recognised Adult and Children’s titles working closely with sales, design and editorial.

This position will give the successful candidate a unique opportunity to develop and broaden their production skills, commercial awareness and relationship management skills.

You will be involved in the creation and delivery of titles for special sales and custom publishing, working across various global markets.

You will be responsible for all aspects of your titles at all stages including product development, costing, component sourcing, scheduling, safety testing, delivery, and quality control.

You will have an understanding of books plus formats and how a standard book can be repackaged to attract different customers.

A first-rate communicator adept at building and maintaining relationships with sales, suppliers and creative colleagues alike you will understand the role that a production controller plays in a commercial environment.

You will be profit oriented, enjoying the challenges of creatively negotiating to tight margins, in line with DK’s department strategy.

You will have a sharp eye for detail and be comfortable working both independently and as part of a team on high volume workloads.

Essential skills:

  • Experience in a similar role within a book publishing Production environment.
  • Knowledge and experience of handling print scheduling, spend and placement.
  • Experience of 4 colour print processes and co-edition printing.
  • An understanding of product safety concerns and processes.
  • An eye for interesting packaging solutions and interest in product development
  • An enthusiastic and proactive approach to work.
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Demonstrable communication skills
  • Commercially aware
  • Detail orientated
  • A thorough approach to administration.

Closing date: Please send your CV and cover letter by Friday 29th November 2019.

DK is committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects the varied communities that read our books across the world. We encourage applications from all individuals, regardless of age, religion, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or social background.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews or undertaking internships.  For more information visit:

About our Company: 

DK is the world’s leading illustrated reference publisher and part of Penguin Random House. DK publishes highly visual, photographic non-fiction for adults and children; our aim is to inform, enrich and entertain readers of all ages. DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series.

This role is based at 80 Strand, however we will be moving to our new office in Nine Elms in Spring 2020.

Company: Dorling Kindersley Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: WC2R 0RL 

Job ID: 46716

Custom Sales Production Controller (Permanent) - DK Production

DK, London
Full-time, Permanent
Academic, Publisher
Account Manager, Brand, Business, Commercial, Sales Manager, Production, Sales, Field Sales, Special Sales, Business Development