Campaigns Officer (PR), Penguin General
Do you have a sense of what makes a good media story? And the persistence to keep on pitching after rejections?
Would you like to work with a team that publishes writers including Zadie Smith, Richard Osman, Bernardine Evaristo, Emily Henry, Dolly Alderton and Tana French?
This role could be for you.
Penguin General’s multi award-winning Communications team are on the lookout for a Campaigns Officer to join our award-winning team. This role would have a focus on securing PR for our fiction list across a range of genres, from literary prize-winners to new names in romance and crime. We’re looking for someone with a passion for a broad range of fiction who is alert to opportunities for our books and authors.
You will be pitching for national PR coverage across print, broadcast, podcast and online outlets and timing that coverage to form attention grabbing campaigns to launch new book releases. You will be pitching authors for features and interviews as well as liaising with bookshops getting booksellers excited about our books, organising events and creating buzz on social media. You will work with authors, agents, and the wider book trade, as well as collaborating closely with in-house colleagues across departments. You will also be involved in supporting other members of the team with the smooth running of high priority campaigns and events.
You’ll be a crucial member of a fun, dynamic and supportive team and will be responsible for planning and implementing strategic PR campaigns that will be impactful and sales-driving.
What You’ll Bring
You’ll need to have an eye for what makes a good press story and be a strong team player. We’re looking for someone who is super organised and creative with great communication skills – you’ll be equally comfortable convincing people to read a book via tweets, emails, face-to-face or over the phone. We’re not worried about your current job title, and would love to hear from you if some of the following sound like you:
A proven track-record of securing PR across broadcast, print and online media
Knowledge of the media landscape, social media channels and an understanding of targeting different outlets to reach different audiences
Strong personal organisation and time management skills with excellent attention to detail
A great communicator, able to craft spoken and written pitches that are tailored for their audience, attention grabbing and memorable – and convey your personal passion, with the ability to confidently communicate effectively to a wide range of people
Experience of working with talent, of setting expectations and updating on our progress towards achieving them
The ability to multitask and identify how to manage competing priorities, communicating any issues identified to colleagues as required
Please apply with CV and cover letter outlining why you are the right person for the role by midnight on Sunday 15th October.
What you can expect from us
Salary: c. £31,000 dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.
Competitive benefits package: Our people are the heart of our business, and we work hard to support a culture of responsibility and recognition.
Our benefits include:
Financial – discounted shopping, season ticket loan, rental deposit loan
Wellbeing - healthcare cash plan, employee assistance, gym loan
Lifestyle – taste card, tech scheme, free and discounted books
For our full benefits list please visit: https://www.penguinrandomhousecareers.co.uk/what-we-offer/
Hybrid working: We’re experimenting with a hybrid way of working that suits the needs of each team. While our offices across the UK are places to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues, we recognise that flexibility around where you work is just as important. For this role we expect that you will work from our London office on Vauxhall Bridge Road, attending key meetings and working as part of the team usually three days per week, with home working on the other days.
About Penguin: We’re the UK’s largest publisher; made up of some 2,000 people and publishing over 1,500 books each year. Our doors are open to all kinds of talent. In a constantly evolving industry, we work hard to stretch the definition of the word publisher. Here, you’ll work with a breadth of talent who all play their part to make each of our books a success. Together, we make books for everyone because a book can change anyone.
The recruitment process: You can read about our recruitment process at https://www.penguinrandomhousecareers.co.uk/how-we-hire/
As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we offer interviews to candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria for the role, and opt-in on their application form. There may be times when the volume of applications means we cannot take all eligible candidates to interview.
We encourage you to tell us about any reasonable adjustments you may need by emailing PRHCareersUK@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk. Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your request.
Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.