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Assistant Editor, Ebury Self

Are you an editorial assistant looking for the next step? Do you want to create books that make a real difference to people’s lives?


Ebury Self, through our Vermilion, Rider and Happy Place imprints, is home to world-leading authors across wellbeing, personal development, health, parenting and spirituality. Our unrivalled roster of experts and gurus includes Wim Hof, Brené Brown, Deborah James, Glennon Doyle, Fearne Cotton, Thich Nhat Hanh, Deepak Chopra and Gabor Maté.


About Ebury
Part of Penguin Random House, Ebury is the UK’s biggest and most successful dedicated non-fiction publisher. Ebury Self is one of our publishing hubs that together create the most diverse and commercially successful non-fiction list in UK publishing. From Costa Books of the Year to Nobel Prize winners our much-loved authors include Sir David Attenborough, Mary Berry, Caitlin Moran, Charlie Mackesy, Michaela Coel and Yotam Ottolenghi. Ebury’s unique way of working involves empowering small, dedicated teams who live and breathe the books together from day one, creating award-winning launches and campaigns. Our inclusive, creative culture is admired across the industry as a place to thrive and find your potential on your own terms. 


The opportunity

We are looking for an enthusiastic and efficient Assistant Editor to support the senior commissioning team at Ebury’s Self Hub. The role includes managing titles through the whole publishing process from drafting cover copy to briefing jackets, creating and liaising on production schedules and negotiating with freelancers. There is also some scope to commission. It’s the perfect next step for a self-starting editorial assistant with a positive can-do attitude and a keen eye for detail.


Candidate profile

You will:

  • Have proven desk-editing experience e.g. collating proofs, proofreading jackets and putting together prelims for paperbacks and US offsets.
  • Have the ability to multitask, prioritise a varied workload and proactively manage deadlines
  • Be a confident communicator, able to establish and maintain effective relationships with key internal teams as well as authors, agents and freelancers
  • Have a strong interest in the wellbeing genre and committed to developing a market awareness that informs our publishing


Please apply with your CV and cover letter (addressed to Sam) by the end of the day on Sunday 14th August. First round interviews are expected to be held on Thursday 1st September.


We’re currently experimenting with hybrid working and involving colleagues across the business to shape our future ways of working. The needs of our teams and individuals are different, so we’re not taking a one-size-fits-all approach. While our offices are places to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues, we recognise that flexibility about where you work is just as important for doing your best work and for your wellbeing. 

For this role, there are meetings and activities that you will need to attend in person (mainly at our offices in Pimlico). 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.





What you can expect from us:


Salary: £27,000 - £31,698 depending on how your skills and experience align with 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:

•    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.


Company: The Random House Group Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW11 7BW 

Job ID: 237362

Date:  31-Jul-2022

London, WND, GB, SW11 7BW

Job Segment: Book Publishing, Editorial Assistant, Editor, Proofreading, Copy Editor, Publishing, Creative

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