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Senior Marketing Manager - James Patterson, Crime & Thriller

Can you lead large-scale, multi-platform campaigns for crime/thriller titles and drive sales growth for the world’s leading fiction brand?

Penguin Random House have an exciting role available for a passionate and talented senior marketer or brand expert to maximise the sales and marketing potential of the James Patterson brand in the UK and international territories and to drive sales of our wider crime and thriller list.

The Opportunity

In this role, you will be responsible for: delivering top-tier marketing and promotional campaigns across James Patterson’s publishing programme; driving brand awareness and audience acquisition via consumer insight and community management; as well as leading industry-wide initiatives and maintaining James Patterson’s reputation for innovation in the digital space.  

Working alongside and reporting to the Marketing Director you will also lead the cross-function Patterson team, co-ordinating internal stakeholders as well as Group companies outside of the UK, to deliver a cohesive brand message and vision and to ensure consistent delivery of sales targets across the programme. You will also line manage one member of the team.

Candidate profile

The successful candidate will have a strong marketing or brand-management background, ideally with a comparable high-profile, commercial brand.

You will:

  • Be an innovative thinker and leader who is able to deliver effective campaigns to tight deadlines

  • Have excellent attention-to-detail, time and project management skills and the ability to set priorities and direction and bring people with you

  • Be a confident presenter with exceptional interpersonal and client and senior stakeholder management skills, as well as being able to demonstrate ingenuity and initiative

  • Have high commercial awareness of the market and competition, particularly in the crime and thriller category, and the ability to understand how to best maximise the James Patterson brand with a wide range of partners will be key.

  • Lead on sales growth strategies for the crime/thriller genre within Cornerstone.

The role sits within the Cornerstone marketing team. Cornerstone is home to some of the biggest global brands and authors including James Patterson, E.L. James, Harlan Coben, Lisa Jewell, Taylor Jenkins Reid and Robert Harris to name just a few. 

If you would like to be considered for this role, please apply with a CV and covering letter telling us what appeals to you about the role and why you would be perfect for it.

Closing date: midnight on Sunday 9th October

What you can expect from us:

Salary: £38,000 - £52,000, depending on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits

We’re currently experimenting with hybrid working and involving colleagues across the business to shape our future ways of working. For this role, there are regular meetings and activities that you will need to attend in person at our London office. The exact balance of office to remote working will depend on the nature of your role and team needs, and we are open to discussing this 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 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.

Senior Marketing Manager - James Patterson, Crime & Thriller

Penguin Random House Group, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Campaigns, Publishing, Management, Marketing, Communications, Business Development
Senior Marketing Manager - James Patterson, Crime & Thriller
Salary description: 
£38,000 - £52,000, depending on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits

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The successful candidate will have a strong marketing or brand-management background, ideally with a comparable high-profile, commercial brand.