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Assistant Editor, Ladybird - 12 month FTC

We have a new opportunity for an Assistant Editor to join our Ladybird Licensing team within the Penguin Random House Children’s division, working on our preschool licensed publishing. This position is offered on 12-month FTC basis and will be based at our office in Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms.

At Ladybird Licensing, we make story, novelty and activity books for some of the biggest brands in preschool, including Peppa Pig, Hey Duggee and Bluey. We’re looking for enthusiastic, hard-working self-starters, who want to immerse themselves in the world of children’s licensing and create exciting books that bring children into reading through the characters they know and love. We’re a commercial, creative and collaborative team who will support your development and creativity and give you the opportunity to work on some of the biggest brands in the world.

You’ll be organised, able to prioritise and multitask and be a collaborative team player with a pragmatic approach to your work. You’ll have a keen eye for detail and excellent communication skills. This role will work closely with a variety of internal stakeholders, like design, production and sales, as well as external licensors and agents. You will be assisting with administrative tasks and providing support to the editorial team, as well as having the opportunity to manage your own projects right through the editorial process.

This role is an exciting opportunity for someone who has already started their publishing or licensing career and is looking to develop their skills further. We’re also open to considering candidates from a wide range of backgrounds whose skills and experience are transferable.

Most importantly, we are looking for a candidate with a demonstrable interest for children’s books and brands and the enthusiasm to jump in and help on a range of exciting projects.

If this sounds like you, please submit your CV and a Cover Letter by the end of the day on Sunday 14th August. As part of your Cover Letter, we’d like you to respond to the following question in no more than 200 words: Tell us about a children’s brand that you love. If you could publish any book for that brand, what would it be and why?

We’re currently experimenting with hybrid working and involving colleagues across the business to shape our future ways of working. The needs of our teams and individuals are different, so we’re not taking a one-size-fits-all approach. While our offices are places to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues, we recognise that flexibility about where you work is just as important for doing your best work and for your wellbeing. 

For this role, there are meetings and activities that you will need to attend in person (mainly at our offices in Nine Elms. The exact balance of office to remote working will depend on the nature of your role and team needs, and we are open to discussing this through the recruitment process.

What you can expect from us:

Salary: £27,500 - £31,698 depending on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits. 

Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:

•    27 days paid holiday entitlement in year one (plus bank holidays), increasing a day each year up to 30 days
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended gender neutral parental leave
•    60% Discount on Company books
•    Each site has trained mental health first aiders 
•    We plant a tree for every new employee to our business 

Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.

As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we’re part of the 'offer an interview' scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can’t take all eligible candidates to interview. We want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch with us at  Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your adjustment request. Find out more about our approach here:

We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here:

Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.

Assistant Editor, Ladybird - 12 month FTC

Contract, Full-time
Administration, Assistant, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Assistant Editor, Ladybird - 12 month FTC
Salary description: 
£27,500 - £31,698 depending on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits

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Most importantly, we are looking for a candidate with a demonstrable interest for children’s books and brands and the enthusiasm to jump in and help on a range of exciting projects.