Skip to main content

Text Designer

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced typographer to join our Text Design team within the Publishing Operations department.

The Team

Text Design are responsible for maintaining and improving typographic quality through the setting of standards across Penguin Random House. The team guides and shapes everything from the choice of typeface to their behaviour on the page. We ensure best practice on font use and guidance on font purchase, ensuring legal compliancy across the publishing group.

Working closely with in-house publishing teams, we create and commission book layouts, integrated graphics, and plate sections for all the Penguin Random House imprints.

Role Summary

As a text designer at PRH, you are part of a team with diverse responsibilities. Your general goal is to maintain and improve typographic use.

Within our team, you get to create typographic systems and tools (InDesign templates and information design reference files) as part of a live library available across the business.

You will also create bespoke book interiors, integrated graphics, and plate sections for the insides of Penguin Random House titles.


• Maintain and improve existing InDesign templates for the insides of books across PRH Divisions

• Capture requirements and design whole [new] text design systems

• Update mark-ups and specs for external typographers and typesetters

• Conduct designer-led reviews of workflows in place from a critical on-the-job perspective to automate repetitive tasks

• Take full ownership of bespoke hierarchically complex text solutions

• Communicate with senior stakeholders confidently

• Pro-actively keep up to date with the typographic industry

Required Skills and Experience:

• Proven experience in typography and book design

• InDesign [optimum] fluency

• Proven experience of successfully optimising and delivering hierarchically complex text solutions

• Information design skills, with a focus on the highest legibility and readability

• Font licencing proficiency (an understanding of font development would be an advantage but is not essential)

• Organised and able to manage varied priorities to ensure successful delivery to required deadlines

• Ensuring required elements meet PRH standards and are within budgets

• Confident communicator (verbally and written)

• You’ll be a team player but equally happy to work independently using your own initiative

To apply please upload your CV (including a short personal statement summary) and a text design portfolio which includes a mark-up/instruction for third parties revealing style structuring. Please apply by midnight on Friday 9th June.

While our offices are places for you to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues, having flexibility about where you work is just as important for doing your best work and for your wellbeing. So, we don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to how we work across Penguin Random House UK.

For this role, you will be expected work some days from home some days from our London offices. Exact working patterns can be discussed further at interview stage.

Salary: circa £30,000 depending on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus 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.

Text Designer

Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Publishing, Communications, Design, Business Development
Text Designer
Salary description: 
circa £30,000 depending on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus benefits.

Share this job now

Proven experience in typography and book design InDesign [optimum] fluency Proven experience of successfully optimising and delivering hierarchically complex text solutions