Business Development Executive, International Sales

Our International Sales team are looking forward to welcoming a Business Development Executive to support the growth of sales across various territories, with a particular focus on promoting education & customised books from our front and backlist.


Your role will be varied and, with support from the Head of Education Sales and Head of Education Development, you will become embedded in the wider International Sales team as a crucial point of contact for key educational accounts, our publishing colleagues and across our broader sales operations team. You will also work closely with our Custom Product colleagues to deliver bespoke publishing projects for key territories. 


A normal day in this role might see you pitching to a key customer, speaking with teachers and students, undertaking a marketing or research project, outlining a custom project brief, or processing orders and analysing sales. The ideal candidate will have experience dealing with key customers or professionals in an educational capacity, so you’ll naturally be capable of assisting our colleagues with creating and implementing education sales and marketing strategies.


To succeed in this role, we are looking for someone with strong personal organisation and time management skills, with the ability to work autonomously and use initiative. You will often communicate with a variety of stakeholders, so strong communication and negotiation skills are necessary. As you develop relationships across key education markets and custom accounts you will regularly share product information with our wider sales team, so evident analytical ability is important.


We are a supportive team so you do not need to have existing publishing experience, though a genuine interest in education sales is important. As you grow within the role and team, you will build excellent knowledge of specific educational accounts in focus markets and build on your existing commercial instincts. You’ll also get the chance to work on custom publishing projects, including brand new products featuring some of our most popular Children’s brands, so you’ll be able to share your creative ideas.


When you join the team you will primarily be working remotely, eventually moving to work in our Vauxhall Bridge Road office with some travel to Embassy Gardens and trips to visit key customers expected.


We are very much looking forward to receiving your application, if this role sounds like the next career step for you.


Please apply with your CV and cover letter by Monday 25th January 2021. As part of your cover letter, please tell us one reason why Education or Learning is important to you.


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
•    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.

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: SW1V 2SA 

Job ID: 119981

119981Penguin Books Limited 

Date:  11-Jan-2021

London, LND, GB, SW1V 2SA

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