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Production Controller (maternity cover)

We have two maternity cover opportunities for Production Controllers within DK’s Production team. This department produces a diverse range of well-recognised Adult and Children’s titles, which co-print in numerous languages. These positions will give the successful candidates 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 both trade and special sales, working across various global markets for your list. You will be responsible for all aspects of your list at all stages including product development, costing, scheduling, delivery, and quality control.

A first-rate communicator adept at building and maintaining relationships with sales, suppliers and creative colleagues alike you will understand the role that Production 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: 

  • 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. For the Children’s role, safety testing and novelty product experience is ideal but training will be given.
  • An enthusiastic and proactive approach to work.
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Demonstrable communication skills
  • Commercially aware
  • Detail oriented
  • A thorough approach to administration.
  • Comfortable with managing high workloads in a demanding environment.

To apply, please submit your most recent CV and cover letter.
Closing date: Monday 11th December

We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our people, some of which are:

  • 25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Volunteering policy and charity matching
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership
  • Summer hours

And we plant a tree for every new employee to our business

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. DK is proud to announce that we have adopted The Halo Code.

DK supports flexible working and has introduced a new ‘smart-working’ policy with a hybrid approach of working weekly from home and in DK’s office.

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: 

We believe in the power of discovery. That's why we create books for everyone that explore ideas and nurture curiosity about the world we live in. From first words to the Big Bang, from the wonders of nature to city adventures, you will find expert knowledge, hours of fun and endless inspiration in the pages of our books. 

We are the world's leading illustrated publisher and a member of the Penguin Random House division of Bertelsmann, creating cutting-edge design and stunning visual books for the whole family. We are passionate about inspiring curiosity and bring people to books through their thirst for knowledge. With a global book loving community of over 800 colleagues in the UK, US, Germany, India, China, Spain and Australia, we produce books in over 100 countries and over 60 languages. Find out more on

Production Controller (maternity cover)

DK, London
Contract, Full-time
Administration, Publishing, Production, Communications, Design
Production Controller (maternity cover)

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Knowledge and experience of handling print scheduling, spend and placement. Experience of 4 colour print processes and co-edition printing.