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Production Assistant (Puffin)

Do you have a can-do attitude, and relish the thought of being part of a busy team?

If so, an exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Puffin Team in the Penguin Random House Children’s Production division.

We’re looking for a Production Assistant to help produce backlist, co-edition and special sales orders on the Puffin and Random House Children’s lists, covering vital new voices, modern juggernauts like Philip Pullman, and incredible classics from Roald Dahl to The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

You will work closely with our internal teams, but also with reprographic and print suppliers in the UK, Europe and Asia – controlling pricing, scheduling and ordering through to final delivery and invoicing. You will also provide general support to the rest of the team and assist with the department’s administration.

The ideal candidate will be organised, detail-oriented, able to self-motivate and numerate, so being able to prioritise a busy inbox, build schedules, and figure out percentages should feel like a challenge to be relished.

You will be able to communicate clearly and concisely, have the drive to keep colleagues and suppliers on track, and be able to treat them with patience and kindness as you do so. You will also be ready to learn to negotiate both pricing and schedules. Although this is an entry level position and training will be given, a familiarity with and enthusiasm for children’s books will stand you in good stead.

So, what’s in it for you?

This team helps bring amazing children’s books to life. The role will offer you the chance to work on a greater variety of products than almost any other production job in the industry, facing fresh challenges every day, in a team which is friendly, supportive, and focused on employee development. Whether you already have some experience or are just keen to learn, this is a great place to start to seriously build your production career.

If you’re interested, please apply with a CV and Cover Letter telling us why you’d be right for a Production role, by Sunday 21st August.

What you can expect from us:

Salary: You‘ll start on £24,000. Expect a £1,000 increase on your first anniversary in this role and a further £1,000 on your second to reflect your growing contribution.

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.

Production Assistant (Puffin)

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing, Production, Communications, Business Development
Production Assistant (Puffin)
Salary description: 
You‘ll start on £24,000. Expect a £1,000 increase on your first anniversary in this role and a further £1,000 on your second to reflect your growing contribution.

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