Custom Audio Production Manager, Penguin Random House Children's

We are recruiting for a Custom Audio Production Manager to join us in this exciting, newly created position within our Penguin Random House Children’s team.


This role will manage the creation of new and adapted audio for complex custom and non-trade projects across the Ladybird and Puffin lists. Reporting into the Editorial Director, you’ll work to deliver a consistently high standard of audio content for these projects in line with ambitious growth strategies, and will play a leading role in developing, communicating and coordinating our audio output.


Your key responsibilities will also involve:


  • Assessing audio projects and recommending a tailored plan for delivering projects on time and within budget 
  • Managing the internal audio process of specified titles – this may include scheduling, casting, liaising with estates and agents, and liaising with internal and external studios as well as with key internal stakeholders
  • Acting as an ambassador for audio, developing new ways of agile working to continually leverage content opportunities
  • Actioning audio briefs, ensuring requirements from the customer are brand appropriate and any queries are addressed with sales and editorial. Offering recommendations for changes in briefs that will improve the process and final project
  • Managing relationships with freelance suppliers, including communicating customer audio briefs out and overseeing creation and supply of audio product
  • Building close relationships with external studios and voice agents, to ensure we are always widening our talent pool and working with the best in the industry
  • Chasing outstanding files and feedback – making sure all projects are on schedule and if there are any delays, these are communicated with relevant stakeholders. 
  • Acting as a key point of contact between external stakeholders and the Editorial and Sales teams to maintain communication across complex and time sensitive projects
  • Ensuring recording processes are carried out to expected standard and ensuring all audio files are collated and catalogued correctly
  • Seeking out opportunities for reuse of audio content to expand our audio product list



To be successful in this role, you will have experience of working in an audio, radio or publishing role with an understanding of the audio process. Your communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships internally and externally will be key, coupled with a collaborative and inclusive approach to working with a range of people.


You’ll be a strategic thinker who can adapt to competing priorities and work autonomously to resolve challenges quickly within the audio process.


Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we strive for our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated. We want to work with a wide range of talent as we find new ways to tell our stories. That is where you come in. You don't have to come from a traditional publishing background or have a degree to be considered. We want to hear from different voices throughout the UK and see fresh perspectives.


Salary: £28,000 - £37,858 depending on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.


If you'd like to apply, please submit your CV and Cover Letter by midnight on Sunday 1st August 2021.


We’re currently working remotely, and expect to be able to return to our office from July 2021. 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.


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: The Random House Group Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW1V 2SA 

Job ID: 160762

Date:  20-Jul-2021

London, LND, GB, SW1V 2SA

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