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Commissioning Editor, Ladybird Licensing (Children's)

Do you want to work for the most creative, dynamic and consumer-focussed publisher in children’s books? Would you like to work on the most successful licensed brands in publishing? Could you spot and acquire the next big thing for children?

We’re looking for an experienced, commercially minded, and creative Commissioning Editor to join our children’s Licensing team. We’re a highly motivated team with a very exciting list, and we’re proud to publish the biggest preschool brands in the market: Peppa Pig, Bluey and Hey Duggee.

About the role, and what you’ll bring

Reporting to the Editorial Director, you’ll be working closely with other editors as well as our design team on a wide range of story, activity, novelty and annual formats.

You’ll be working with licensors, agents and freelancers externally, as well as editorial, design, production, sales and marketing colleagues internally in a fast-paced, deadline-driven and vibrant environment

Our Licensing team make story, novelty and activity books for some of the biggest brands in publishing.  We’re looking for someone with proven editorial experience and a track record of working on successful licencing.  You don’t necessarily need to have worked in book or children’s publishing before as magazine or broader media landscape experience could be transferable.  Importantly you’ll be ambitious and commercially minded, ready to get stuck in working on a range of book formats for our biggest brands, as well as scouting for promising new licensed properties.

You’ll be bursting with ideas on new trends, formats and concepts for our books. You’ll also be keen to develop relationships with licensors and agents, in search of the next emerging brand for babies to teens to add to our list.

You must be flexible, pro-active, resilient under pressure and highly motivated, as well as being able to use your own initiative in handling competing priorities. Being highly organised with a keen eye for detail, good market knowledge and endless curiosity is a must.

How to apply

If this sounds like you, please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining why you are the best candidate for the role by 11:59pm on Wednesday 3rd July.

In support of your application, please include no more than 200 words on which children’s brand you would most like to publish against and why.

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.

Salary:  Circa £37,000 depending on how your skills and experience align with 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 – income protection, life assurance, childcare allowance

  • Wellbeing - healthcare cash plan, critical illness cover, health checks

  • Lifestyle – enhanced parental leave, tech scheme,

For our full benefits list please visit:

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’ll expect you to come into the office 3 days a week, and we’re happy to discuss this through the recruitment process.

The recruitment process: You can read about our recruitment process at

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 encourage you to tell us about any reasonable adjustments you may need by emailing 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.

Commissioning Editor, Ladybird Licensing (Children's)

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Commissioning Editor, Editor, Publishing, Licensing, Communications
Commissioning Editor, Ladybird Licensing (Children's)
Salary description: 
Circa £37,000 depending on how your skills and experience align with the role, plus bonus and benefits.

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We’re looking for someone with proven editorial experience and a track record of working on successful licencing.