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Head of Marketing, Penguin Michael Joseph

Are you a creative and strategic marketing professional ready for a new opportunity at a leading commercial fiction and non-fiction book publisher?  

Penguin Michael Joseph is looking to appoint a Head of Marketing to join the team on a permanent basis. We are keen to consider qualified candidates from outside of the publishing industry, as well as those with existing publishing experience.  

About Penguin Michael Joseph 

Penguin Michael Joseph is responsible for launching and building the world’s most popular and commercially successful authors and brands, including Jamie Oliver, Dawn French, Nadiya Hussain, Marian Keyes, Jojo Moyes, Stephen Fry and Mrs Hinch.  

The Opportunity 

This role will own and develop the day-to-day marketing activity primarily across General Fiction and Romance/Fantasy publishing. Managing a team of two, and reporting to the Marketing Director, you’ll be responsible for contributing to and driving a clear and ambitious growth and sales strategy for our books and author brands, including Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult, Raven Kennedy, David Mitchell and more.  

You will work closely with marketing, publicity and sales colleagues to develop relationships with retailers and manage excellent author and agent relationships to ensure that the campaigns for our books lead the market and drive sales.  You will be expert in identifying the right audience for every book and be able to share that experience across the team, alongside executing multi-platform media strategies.  

The successful candidate will be highly curious, creative, and an excellent communicator. We're seeking a visionary leader and people manager who thrives on challenges and embraces change. With your extensive experience in marketing, you'll inspire your team to push boundaries and set new standards of excellence. Your strategic mindset and passion for inclusivity will drive diversity of thought and innovation within our marketing initiatives. 

The ideal candidate will have significant brand or marketing experience at a senior level and will be able to support the Marketing Director in leading the team and deputising in meetings when needed.  

Candidate Profile 

  • Proven track record delivering high profile marketing or brand campaigns  

  • Audience-focused approach with a demonstrable interest in all things marketing, brands and consumers 

  • A love for our books and our work, acting as an advocate for the team and for the list 

  • Ability to multi-task, prioritise, problem solve, and self-motivate 

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with a range of stakeholders – effective influencer with strong powers of persuasion 

  • Enjoys line management, able to mentor, challenge and support as an inclusive leader 

  • Strategic and adaptable, championing new initiatives and ideas to help the team continuously grow and improve 

  • Dynamically trend-spot within the industry and outside of it, predicting the needs of the audience in an ever-changing market 

  • Bring diversity of thought and innovation into the marketing team 

Application Instructions 

Please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining why you are the right candidate for the role by midnight on Monday 15th April.  

Salary: Up to £60,000 depending on how your skills and experience align to 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: 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. The Penguin Michael Joseph team typically work in the office three days per week. We’ll be happy to discuss this further as part of the interview 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. 

Head of Marketing, Penguin Michael Joseph

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Campaigns, Publishing, Strategy, Management, Marketing, Communications
Head of Marketing, Penguin Michael Joseph
Salary description: 
Up to £60,000 depending on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits

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Proven track record delivering high profile marketing or brand campaigns   Audience-focused approach with a demonstrable interest in all things marketing, brands and consumers