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Editor - Penguin General (6m FTC)

Would you like to join an ideas-driven and collaborative team? Do you enjoy reading all things personal development, smart thinking and economics?  

We have an exiting opportunity for an Editor to join the team at Penguin Life & Business for a 6 month period starting in May, covering a period of sabbatical in the team.

About Penguin Life & Business

Penguin Life, an imprint of Penguin General, publishes books to help you live well and includes authors such as Rangan Chatterjee, James Nestor and David and Stephen Flynn.  Penguin Business publish inspiring books that are packed full of practical advice to help you reach your goals from Simon Sinek, Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis and Marie Forleo.

The Opportunity

In this role, you will work as part of a collaborative and supportive team, curious and open to new and innovative ideas. We work hard to nurture individual talent as part of our collective success. At Penguin General, we strive for working life to be progressive, energising, motivating and rewarding for all our colleagues at every level. 

Reporting to the Publisher and working closely with the Commissioning Editor, this role will mainly include editing manuscripts on the business list with scope for acquisition. This role is responsible for commissioning a few books a year, namely partnerships with companies and this fixed-term role will need to keep those projects moving forward, staying on top of priorities and networking to maintain strong relationships.

You’ll also be a main point of contact for our authors, agents and internal stakeholders so you’ll be an excellent communicator. You’ll also be able to write persuasive cover copy and make convincing verbal pitches, as well as giving matchless author care. You will enjoy working collaboratively within your own team as well as with colleagues across different departments.

This would be an ideal opportunity for progression for an existing Assistant Editor to make the next move in their career, or an established Editor looking to expand their experience.   

How to apply

Please apply with your CV and Cover Letter by 23:59 on Tuesday 11th April.

As part of your Cover Letter, we’d like you to respond to the following: Please write a review (up to 250 words) of a book from our list that you enjoyed, and why.

What you can expect from us:

Salary: Circa £32,500 per annum, depending on how your skills and experience align with the role, plus benefits.

PRH is 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. For this role, we’ll expect you to work 2 days a week from our Pimlico office in London. 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.

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
•    Access to books and eBooks across Penguin Random House UK
•    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.

Editor - Penguin General (6m FTC)

Contract, Full-time
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Editor - Penguin General (6m FTC)
Salary description: 
Circa £32,500 per annum, depending on how your skills and experience align with the role, plus benefits

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This would be an ideal opportunity for progression for an existing Assistant Editor to make the next move in their career, or an established Editor looking to expand their experience