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Art Director, Penguin Creative

Our award-winning Penguin Creative team are looking for a fantastic Art Director. We’re interested to hear from you if you’re an experienced creative with an interest in playing a significant role in shaping the visual identity of the world’s most loved book brand, online and beyond.


Reporting to the Creative Director, in this newly created role you’ll be managing a team of designers, photographers and a Production Coordinator. You’ll be responsible for the asset design, illustration and photographic outputs across in response to briefs from the content team, as well as collaborating with brands within the business. Editorial design experience would be advantageous, as would illustration skills. As well as illustration, you’ll have experience of art directing photography, both portrait and still life.


Deputising for the Creative Director where necessary, we’d like someone with experience of managing budgets and overseeing a team’s performance. You’ll be a natural leader, comfortable with building relationships and inspiring others to create exciting, world class work. Video and UX Design experience would be an advantage.


You will take the lead on creating for certain campaigns and work collaboratively with the Creative Director on research, pitch and execution. You’ll be a visual gate keeper for the Penguin Creative aesthetic, applying visual direction across all online formats.


To succeed in this role, you’ll have a true passion for all things design, illustration and photography, naturally equipped to spot new opportunities to enhance the Penguin brand and identity. You’ll be highly organised and comfortable with forming great working relationships to establish yourself across the department and wider business.


We’re looking for someone who’s ready to take the next step in their career, so if this sounds like the right career level for you within this space, please apply with your CV and cover letter by midnight, Tuesday 28th September.


What you can expect from us:


Salary: Circa £50,000 dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and 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:
•    25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    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
•    Mentoring 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.


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

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Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.


Company: Penguin Books Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW11 7BW 

Job ID: 168546

Date:  14-Sep-2021

London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW

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