Associate Editor,

The editorial team is hiring for an Associate Editor to join them on a permanent basis.


In this role, you’ll be responsible for driving editorial excellence across the website with a particular focus on managing internal submissions from stakeholders and authors.


Some of the key responsibilities of this role include commissioning, editing and managing contributions from our nine publishing houses, as well as writing and editing your own content for, including author interviews, features and marketing pages. You’ll be our point of contact for publishing houses and work with them to plan editorial around key releases.


You’ll work closely with our Penguin Creative team on art concepts, video and photography to support editorial across as well as work closely with our Audience Insight and Analytics teams to instil a data, insight and audience driven approach to all activity within the editorial team.


We’re looking for the successful candidate to bring significant experience of commissioning features, with strong writing and editorial skills. You will also have strong experience of managing contributing editors and writers. You don’t need to have previously worked within a book publishing environment, but we’d value your strong stakeholder management, communication, and editorial skills from a similar media environment.


We encourage applications from candidates who have good digital editing skills and experience, including SEO, social media and website management.


We’re passionate about books, and so we hope you are too. In your cover letter, please tell us about a book that’s recently inspired you and tell us about a regular feature series you’d hope to bring to our website and why.


Please apply with your CV and cover letter by Sunday 1 August.


We’re currently working remotely and expect to be able to return to our office from late July. At this point, we will also be starting a trial of hybrid working across our company and we’re happy to discuss flexible working options at interview stage. This role will be based in our new Embassy Gardens office in Nine Elms (SW11 7BW).



What you can expect from us:


Salary: £29,000 - £39,000 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 Confidence 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: Penguin Books Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW11 7BW 

Job ID: 160563

Date:  19-Jul-2021

London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW

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