Lead innovative and impactful media and events campaigns for this trailblazing imprint of Vintage - a division of Penguin Random House, the world’s leading trade publisher.
About Chatto & Windus
Chatto & Windus publish a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry: books that will last and that are beautiful in form and content; that spark ideas; that are pure pleasure. We celebrate the power of excellent writing in everything we do, and strive to promote equality and honour the feminist commitment that has always run through our publishing.
Our fiction includes both renowned literary trailblazers and arresting new voices. Our poetry list is known worldwide as a flagship of diverse, prizewinning writing, while our narrative non-fiction authors constantly challenge convention and provoke public debate.
We are looking for a Publicity Director for Chatto & Windus for a 12-month contract starting in January 2023, to cover a period of parental leave.
Working with notable and award-winning writers including Margaret Atwood, Anne Tyler, Nigella Lawson, Diana Evans, Rose Tremain, NoViolet Bulawayo, Sadie Jones and Christie Watson, you will represent Chatto & Windus and its authors to a range of internal and external partners including literary agents, journalists, booksellers, and events organisers.
You can expect to:
Independently create, plan and drive strategic media and events campaigns for the imprint’s major titles
Oversee publicists working on the imprint’s campaigns and be a role model for junior team members
Play a key role in the acquisition of new books, providing PR feedback and contributing to pitches
Contribute to the imprint’s strategic priorities and work closely with its editorial team
Communicate effectively with internal departments, including marketing and publicity, editorial, sales, rights and international colleagues
Maintain and develop excellent relationships with high-profile and influential stakeholders, such as authors, agents, journalists and global publishing partners
What you’ll bring
A talented and creative PR professional with a background in publishing, the arts, creative or media industries, you will be a proven project leader and excellent communicator. With experience of creating and delivering successful strategic media campaigns that connect with consumers, you will be confident writing engaging press materials, organising large scale events, and will be a high-level networker with the media.
Part of the award-winning Vintage publicity team, the role reports to the Divisional Director of Publicity.
If this sounds like you, please apply with a CV and covering letter. As per of your cover letter, please tell us about the campaign you’ve been most proud to work on in your career. Closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 2nd October.
Please note that all interviews will be conducted at our office in Embassy Gardens, London.
What you can expect from us:
Salary: c£45,000 dependent on how your skills and experience align to 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.