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Publisher, Ladybird

Do you want to work for the most creative, dynamic and consumer-focused publisher in children’s books? Ladybird are looking for a Publisher to lead our strategy, in support of the Publishing Director. This position will play a critical role in leading an ambitious team focused on publishing exceptional authors and illustrators to create best-selling picture books, novelty, and non-fiction to help us significantly grow the Ladybird list. We’re looking for someone full of energy and ideas, who is commercially minded, and who has a fantastic eye for fresh writing and illustration talent.  

About Ladybird  

Ladybird is the home of the multi-million-copy-selling Ten Minutes to Bed series, as well as Baby Touch, Topsy and Tim and award-winning author–illustrator Kim Hillyard. We publish books for children aged 0–7 years old, from touch-and-feel books for babies and globally successful novelty series such as Uh-Oh Niko, to picture books for pre-schoolers, plus critically acclaimed non-fiction such as My Skin, Your Skin and Everything Under the Sun.  

The Opportunity 

Your role is to work closely with the Editorial Director to grow the list, with a particular focus upon: seeking out and acquiring picture-book author and illustrator talent to expand our Ladybird picture-book list; creating and building new novelty series; and helping us to grow our non-fiction publishing. We are looking for an exceptionally talented creative senior-editorial expert with a proven track record in both novelty and picture books, who holds an excellent knowledge of the UK and rights markets, and who is a confident negotiator, with strong agent and author relationships. You will report to the Publishing Director and work closely with them to shape the direction of the list. You will lead a team of editors, as well as working very closely with our talented Art Director and team of designers on new acquisitions and series development.  

Candidate Profile  

The ideal candidate will be an expert in preschool books, with strong market knowledge and a proven track record of spotting and building successful new novelty series and picture-book talent. They will have an established network of existing agent and author relationships and excellent negotiating skills. Experience working on non-fiction would be beneficial, as would previous managerial experience. We want someone who can make an impact quickly, working across a wide range of formats as well as pitching new ideas for the list.  

This role will work with authors, writers, and agents externally, as well as editorial, design, production, sales, rights and marketing colleagues internally in a fast-paced and vibrant environment. As such, you must be a confident communicator, flexible, proactive, and motivated, and able to effectively handle competing priorities. The successful candidate will be an empowering, inclusive leader with a strategic mindset, creative and inspiring in their publishing ideas, able to balance long-term goals with shorter priorities and able to bring the wider team with you. 

Please apply with CV and cover letter outlining why you are the right candidate for the role by midnight on Thursday 13th June.  Please include an overview of your team-management experience with your covering letter.  

What you can expect from us 

Salary:  Circa £65k dependent 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 – discounted shopping, season ticket loan, rental deposit loan 

· Wellbeing - healthcare cash plan, employee assistance, gym loan 

· Lifestyle – taste card, tech scheme, free and discounted books 

For our full benefits list please visit: 

Hybrid working:  We’re experimenting with a hybrid way of working that suits the needs of each team. 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. For this role we expect that you will work from our London office at Embassy Gardens, attending key meetings and working as part of the team three days per week, with home working on the other days. 

About Penguin:  We’re the UK’s largest publisher; made up of some 2,000 people and publishing over 1,500 books each year. Our doors are open to all kinds of talent. In a constantly evolving industry, we work hard to stretch the definition of the word publisher. Here, you’ll work with a breadth of talent who all play their part to make each of our books a success. Together, we make books for everyone because a book can change anyone. 

The recruitment process: You can read about our recruitment process at 

As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we offer interviews to candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria for the role, and opt-in on their application form. There may be times when the volume of applications means we cannot 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. 

Publisher, Ladybird

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing, Other Publishing, Communications
Publisher, Ladybird
Salary description: 
Circa £65k dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits. 

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The ideal candidate will be an expert in preschool books, with strong market knowledge and a proven track record of spotting and building successful new novelty series and picture-book talent.