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Publicity Manager/Senior Publicity Manager, Cornerstone (12m FTC)

Do you love working on a range of fiction and non-fiction? Can you create stand-out campaigns to capture attention? An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Publicity Manager/Publicity Manager to join the award-winning, dynamic and collaborative Cornerstone publicity team to cover a period of parental leave.

About Cornerstone

Cornerstone publishes books that connect with people. We love discovering new voices, unearthing stories and taking them to new audiences. For us, it’s about using our enthusiasm and expertise to bring great storytelling on all kinds of subjects to as many people as possible.  Cornerstone is made up of Century, Hutchinson Heinemann, #Merky Books, Del Rey and The Cornerstone Press. We publish a fantastic range of both fiction and non-fiction titles across commercial and literary lists. Our authors include Taylor Jenkins-Reid, Alex Scott, Jyoti Patel, Tom Hanks, Sadiq Khan, Lisa Jewell, Robert Harris, Katy Hessel and many, many more – so no one day is the same as the next!

The Opportunity 

We are looking for an experienced book publicist for a 12-month contract to cover a period of parental leave. Joining a team of 10, this is an opportunity to take responsibility for a number of campaigns working on a mix of established and debut authors.

You will get to work with some of the most creative publishing colleagues in the business, learning from a team of experts in a friendly and inclusive environment that values individuality, champions creativity, and celebrates individual and team successes. You will be involved in every stage of the publishing process from early acquisitions meetings to devising and executing campaign plans and much more.

You can expect to:

  • Independently create, plan and drive strategic media and events campaigns

  • Play a key role in the acquisition of new books, providing PR feedback and contributing to pitches

  • Contribute to the company’s strategic priorities and work closely with its editorial team

  • Communicate effectively with internal departments, including sales and marketing, editorial, 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

You’ll have a proven track record of independently producing standout publicity campaigns in a publishing environment. You’ll also:

  • Have established media contacts and be knowledgeable on all forms of media

  • Be highly organised with excellent time management to juggle concurrent campaigns with different lead times

  • Have outstanding communication skills to be able to pitch ideas, report back to authors and agents and produce materials both internally and externally

  • Demonstrate analytical ability and financial awareness for your campaigns

  • Think in innovative ways to create buzz behind our books

If this sounds like you, apply with a CV and cover letter by midnight on Monday 13th February.   Interviews will commence shortly after, at our offices in Pimlico.

As part of your cover letter, we’d like you to tell us about a recent publicity campaign (this doesn’t have to be book related) that you were impressed by and why (within 200 words).

What you can expect from us:

We are open to appoint at either Publicity Manager or Senior Publicity Manager level.

Salary: range c. £30,000 - £48,000 dependent on level appointed and 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 Pimlico, roughly 2-3 times a week.

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.

Publicity Manager/Senior Publicity Manager, Cornerstone (12m FTC)

Contract, Permanent
Administration, Campaigns, Publicity, Publishing, Management, Communications, Business Development
Publicity Manager/Senior Publicity Manager, Cornerstone (12m FTC)
Salary description: 
range c. £30,000 - £48,000 dependent on level appointed and how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits

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