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Production Controller (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 Penguin Random House Children’s Production department. 

We’re looking for a Production Controller to help produce frontlist, co-edition and non-trade books 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.

The ideal candidate will be organised, detail-oriented, and able to self-motivate. 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’ll work closely and collaboratively with internal teams across Editorial, Design, Sales, Inventory, Finance. You’ll negotiate with external suppliers worldwide to supply both UK and international markets, and help us identify and implement solutions for manufacturing, costing, and scheduling in a constantly evolving landscape.

Breadth of work is key to our team, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to produce mono, colour and some novelty titles. We recognise that many applicants might have dominant or exclusive experience in just one of these areas, and this will not disadvantage an application.

This role offers a chance to develop a wider range of production skills than almost any other in the industry within a team which is friendly, supportive, and focused on career development. It would equally suit a seasoned assistant looking to step up to controller, or a controller looking for a fresh challenge or to broaden their skillset.

Please apply with your CV and cover letter by Thursday 7th July. We bring incredible children’s books to life every day, and we look forward to your application.

What you can expect from us:

Salary: Circa £28,000 dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.

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 Controller (Puffin)

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing, Production, Communications, Business Development, Digital Production
Production Controller (Puffin)
Salary description: 
Circa £28,000 dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.

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The ideal candidate will be organised, detail-oriented, and able to self-motivate.