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Head of Audio Content

At Penguin Random House Audio, the UK’s leading audiobook publisher, we are dedicated to making the very best audiobooks. Working with exceptional acting talent, producers and studios, we publish award-winning and bestselling audiobooks such as Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club series, Bernadine Evaristo’s Booker-winning Girl, Woman, Other, Stephen Fry’s Troy and Dr Julie Smith’s Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

We have an exciting opportunity to join this fast-paced team as Head of Audio Content.

The Opportunity

The Head of Audio Content role will play a lead role in our audio publishing strategy for key titles, brands and authors. The successful candidate will manage an editorial team working across a number of publishing houses and work closely with key authors and agents, alongside the Publishing Director.

In terms of management, you will:

  • Play a leadership role in the editorial senior team

  • Line manage a team of editors

  • Make sure audiobooks are kept on their critical path

  • Be an exemplar for ambitious and creative production approaches and publishing strategies

  • Ensure your team work collaboratively with sales and marketing to create the very best publishing strategies for our authors

  • Collaborate with your fellow Head of Audio Content regarding resource and ways of working

On the publishing side you can expect to be:

  • Leading the audio publishing for some of our biggest authors and brands and working closely with the audio sales and marketing teams to drive growth

  • Ensuring viability and profitability of acquisitions, demonstrating an understanding of financial goals at a title level, as well as audio divisional goals

  • Leading on casting decisions and overseeing recordings for high-profile audio publications

  • Building close relationships with voice agents and talent, to ensure we are always widening our talent pool and working with the best narrators in the industry

  • Representing PRH Audio at industry events, as well as with key senior internal stakeholders.

What you’ll bring

We’d love to hear from you if you combine a love for audio and experience with the publishing process. We’ll need you to bring an author-focused approach and the knowledge of the end-to-end critical path of a finished book and audiobook. You will also need to understand how texts and voices intertwine and have the commercial mindset to understand what will work in the market.

You’ll bring lots of:

  • Experience working in books and/or audio publishing

  • Commercial knowhow, knowledge of the market and retail landscape

  • Confidence working with senior stakeholders across projects

  • Ability to juggle various projects at any one time, both for yourself and your team

  • Line management experience

  • Experience managing budgets and,

  • Enthusiasm for audiobooks!

If you’d like to help to shape the future of audiobooks, the fastest-growing area of publishing, please apply to us with a CV and cover letter by the end of the day on Tuesday 27th September.  

In your cover letter we would like you to tell us about what you think the current trends are in the audio market and about what you think the key elements to publishing a great audiobook are (in no more than 300 words).

What you can expect from us:

Salary: c£42,000 depending on how your skills and experience align with the role, plus bonus and benefits

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 at our offices in Embassy Gardens. We are open to discussing the exact balance of office to remote working 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 http://PRHCareersUK@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk. 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: www.penguinrandomhousecareers.co.uk/applying-for-roles-with-a-disability

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: http://booktradeentrysupport.org/

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

Head of Audio Content

Full-time, Permanent
Publisher
Administration, Audio, Content, Publishing, Strategy, Management, Communications, Business Development, Editorial
Reference: 
Head of Audio Content
Salary description: 
c£42,000 depending on how your skills and experience align with the role, plus bonus and benefits

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Experience working in books and/or audio publishing Commercial knowhow, knowledge of the market and retail landscape Confidence working with senior stakeholders across projects