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Editorial Project Manager, Penguin Random House Children's

We are looking for an organised and creative Editorial Project Manager to join our Children’s Operations and Managing Editorial team in a new role, on a permanent basis, in an area of significant growth for the business. 

The Operations and Managing Editorial team are responsible for ensuring that operational excellence is followed, and that the highest editorial standards for our Ladybird and Puffin brands and authors are upheld throughout the creative publishing process.

This role will have a particular focus on our Talking Pen products, currently sold in key international markets, which combine audio and print to make learning engaging and fun for our youngest of readers. The Editorial Project Manager for Talking Pen will work collaboratively with Editorial, Audio, Design and Sales on a daily basis.  

Your key areas of responsibility will be:

  • Working with a team of core stakeholders to oversee the creation and supply of a programme of custom print and audio Talking Pen products.

  • Working with a variety of internal departments (i.e.: Editorial, Design, Production, Sales, Legal, Contracts, Rights, Operations and Managing Editorial) and Publishers, you will lead the planning, scheduling, and coordination of new projects, revisions, and reprints from the initial project request to printing.

  • Acting as a key point of contact and relationship manager with our International Penguin China team.

  • Overseeing all copy-editorial requirements for Talking Pen titles as required, either in house or with freelance support, including managing the budgets and invoicing to ensure timely payment to our suppliers.

  • Keeping on top of outstanding files, feedback or updates from stakeholders to ensure all projects are on schedule, communicating with relevant stakeholders regarding updates and changes as appropriate.

  • Managing all aspects of the briefing process for print-ready files from Design and Editorial to meet customer requirements.

  • Maintaining and updating schedules, planning for and chairing progress meetings.

  • Managing the distribution of contractual advance copies to IP / brand owner.

  • Increasing the speed and efficiency of Talking Pen workflow and internal processes.

We are open to considering candidates who do not come from a traditional book-publishing background, particularly if you have experience within the wider education sphere, print media or experience working with licensors.

This role will best suit someone who has project management experience and is looking to develop this within a children’s publishing environment. The role does require you to have proven copy-editing and proofreading skills, including knowledge of BSI proofreading symbols.

You’ll have the self-confidence to work autonomously, to make decisions, and to build strong relationships with teams across the business – and you will also feel comfortable constructively challenging when required. You will be particularly adept at managing schedules and co-ordinating multi-component projects, and you will be able to work at pace to ensure that projects are delivered on time and to budget. Your passion for children’s books and your keen eye for detail will be demonstrable.

We are looking for someone with a commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace, including learning and self-education in areas outside of their lived experience/s.

What you’ll get in return is the chance to work within a vibrant and supportive team on some of the leading brands in children’s publishing, with exceptional training opportunities and benefits.

How to apply

If you’re ready to join the team as our new Editorial Project Manager, please submit your CV and a cover letter by midnight on Sunday 7th November.

As part of your application, we’d like you to respond to the following questions in your cover letter:

  • We’re interested in your ability to organise, collaborate and deliver on projects. Please share with us an example of a time when you have done this successfully, with a focus on any challenges you faced and how you dealt with them.

  • Enthusiasm and interest in children’s storytelling and products are essential to this role. Please tell us about a children’s product (perhaps book, toy or learning tool) currently on the market that stands out to you and tell us why.

All initial stage interviews will be conducted via video from the week commencing 15th November.

This role will be based in our new Embassy Gardens office in Nine Elms (SW11 7BW). However, we are open to flexible working and this can be discussed at interview.

Salary: Circa £31,000 depending on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.

What you can expect from us:
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:

•    25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Personal Learning Allowance
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended Parental Leave policy 
•    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. 

Editorial Project Manager, Penguin Random House Children's

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing, Management, Communications, Business Development, Project Management, Editorial
Editorial Project Manager, Penguin Random House Children's
Salary description: 
Circa £31,000 depending on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.

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Require you to have proven copy-editing and proofreading skills, including knowledge of BSI proofreading symbols.