Publishing Coordinator for Penguin Press

  • London  
    22,000 p/a  
  • Company
    Penguin Group  
    Start date
  • Closing date
    2 March 2019  
    Posted on
    1 February 2019  

A fantastic new opportunity has arisen for a highly-organised Publishing Co-ordinator to join the Penguin Press division. Through our imprints Allen Lane and Pelican, we are a leading publisher of bestselling serious non-fiction in subjects including history, science, politics, economics, philosophy, language and current affairs. The Particular Books imprint is known for its accessible, creative and forward-looking publishing, while the much-loved Penguin Classics list is a treasure trove for readers.


This role reports to the Managing Director, in which capacity you will provide full administrative support and ensure the smooth running of the division. You will also provide support for an Editorial Director, assisting with the publication of books which span the range of Penguin Press imprints (titles include Why We SleepCabin Porn and the Maigret series).


Your main responsibilities will include:


Administrative tasks


  • Acting as the first point of contact for divisional queries
  • Diary management, making travel arrangements and organising divisional entertainment and away days
  • Organising divisional meetings, preparing presentations, creating reports, circulating agendas and taking minutes
  • Co-ordinating book prize submissions for all Penguin Press imprints
  • Assisting with the implementation of new initiatives


Editorial tasks


  •         Managing the internal book process, after structural edit and under supervision, of specified books (e.g. drafting cover copy, populating TI sheets on B3/Biblio, liaising with Production and Design)
  •         Acting as a point of contact for authors, agents and external stakeholders. You would be expected to provide excellent author care at all times.
  • Picture research and clearance of copyright material
  •          Overseeing publication of the bi-annual Penguin Press catalogue


For this role we are looking for someone who is:


  • Exceptionally organised and attentive to detail, able to juggle competing priorities and highly reliable in meeting deadlines
  • Friendly and professional, with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • An excellent team player, comfortable with dealing with colleagues and external stakeholders at all levels
  • A natural with office systems and completely proficient in MS Office (especially MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Ideally experienced in a publishing working environment
  • Genuinely interested in the Penguin Press list


Please apply with a CV and covering letter explaining why you are right for this role (and why you want to work with our Penguin Press team!) by midnight on Wednesday 6th February.


Salary: £23,000


We partner with The Book Trade Charity who offer financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking internships.

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