Commissioning Editor, Ladybird Trade

Are you interested in creating books for young children to help them understand and explore the world?


Can you get into the head of a parent or carer and come up with ideas for books that they won’t be able to resist buying? Then we’d love to hear from you!


Penguin Random House Children’s are looking for a Commissioning Editor to join its Ladybird Trade team. The Trade team create titles that sell to the general consumer in the UK and worldwide, sitting alongside the Ladybird Licensing team, with preschool brands such as Peppa Pig, while the Ladybird Education team publishes for global educational markets. In this role, you’d work on inclusive books for children aged 0-7 including picture books, baby and toddler books and non-fiction.


So, what are we looking for?


We’re looking for someone who can bring fresh, commercial ideas for children’s books and run projects smoothly. At Ladybird, editors work very closely with designers and a willingness to flex your communication style is important. So is an understanding that projects are a team effort, not a solo mission.


As Commissioning Editor, you’ll come up with new ideas and oversee all stages of the book’s life. This includes writing and editing, costing, and presenting and pitching new titles to a number of internal departments, such as the sales team and foreign rights teams. Our editors write many of our books so evidence that you understand narrative structure and how to present stories or information to children in a compelling way is a must. Direct experience of writing books isn’t necessary.


We’re interested in your entrepreneurial attitude and your passion to create books that will help young children learn about the world and themselves. You’ll therefore have rich and varied knowledge of our target audience of 0–7 years, as our readers are at the heart of everything we do.  A keen interest in the wider world of children’s media and toys would be beneficial too.


What you’ll get in return is a supportive, successful and stimulating environment in which to develop your editorial career, creating content for one of the biggest brands in children’s publishing. Reporting to the Trade publisher, you’ll also be encouraged to participate in the wide range of learning and development that is available at Penguin Random House.  


We know that there is some great, undiscovered talent out there who may not have considered a role in publishing, and that’s why we’re also open to candidates from non-traditional publishing backgrounds or from other complementary industries. 


How to apply


If you’re ready to join the Penguin Random House Children’s team as our next Commissioning Editor for Ladybird Trade, then please submit your CV and a Cover Letter by midnight on Wednesday 2nd December 2020.


To be considered for this opportunity, we’d like you to include your response to the following question in your Cover Letter:


We're interested to know more about your creative ideas, and your understanding of the Children's market. So, please share with us 2 ideas for books aimed at babies or toddlers, specifying the age group it’s aimed at and why it’s suitable for that stage of a child’s development.


We will be holding interviews for this position in the week commencing 14th December 2020. The interviews will be conducted remotely via our online video interviewing tool, HireVue.


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.

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 7AY 

Job ID: 110965

110965The Random House Group Limited 

Date:  18-Nov-2020

London, LND, GB, SW11 7AY

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