This is a rare opportunity for a highly-organised, eagle-eyed Editorial Assistant to help shape a new generation of books at Penguin General.
Penguin Business is Penguin’s smart thinking and business focused imprint publishing cutting-edge ideas in leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, careers advice, personal development, finance and investigative journalism. Our books are packed full of practical advice to help you change the way readers work and think. Our bestselling, internationally renowned authors include Marie Forleo, Simon Sinek, Seth Godin, Sarah Ellis, Helen Tupper, Oliver Shah and Sophia Amoruso.
The Editorial Assistant role will provide editorial and administrative support to the Publisher at Penguin Business. You'll be responsible for a wide range of tasks from managing diaries, processing invoices and data management, to copywriting, creating presentations, researching book ideas and reading manuscripts.
You will be highly organised, have a fantastic eye for detail and be utterly reliable, and will be able to anticipate what people need before they even know it. You will have the confidence and problem-solving ability to work well with a wide range of colleagues, agents and best-selling authors, to help ensure that our books are high-quality and commercially successful. You will have proven excellent communication skills – both interpersonal and written, as well as experience using Microsoft Office packages such as Outlook. You may have written your own blog, helped on a student paper or radio station.. And, of course, you will have a genuine passion for books, ideas and stories.
This might be a first job in publishing or you might have had experience as an Editorial Assistant elsewhere. What matters above all isn’t where you’re from or what you have experience in but your ability to make things happen, connect with people and pay attention to detail, and your curiosity and passion for our purpose.
The right person for this role will have fantastic organisation skills and also be curious and engaged with the world around them. So to show us this, please apply with your CV and include a covering letter answering the two following questions:
1) Organisation - What is the biggest organisational challenge you’ve faced and how did you deal with it?
2) Creativity - What is something you’ve read, watched or listened to recently and enjoyed? Please write a 200 word review.
Please submit your application by Friday 30th October.
Salary: You‘ll start on £24,000. Expect a £1,000 increase on your first anniversary in this role and a further £1,000 on your second to reflect your growing contribution.
What you can expect from us:
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:
25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays
Cycle to Work scheme
Discounted gym membership
Personal Learning Allowance
Generous pension scheme
Summer working hours (role dependent)
Volunteering policy and charity matching
Employee Assistance programme
Extended Parental Leave policy
60% Discount on Company books
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.