Editorial Project Manager (12m FTC), Penguin Random House Children's



We’re looking for an organised and proactive Editorial Project Manager to join our Ladybird Education Managing Editorial team on a fixed-term contract basis for approx. 12 months.


As part of the wider Penguin Random House Children’s division, the Ladybird Education Managing Editorial team is responsible for project managing educational series from copy-edit through to print, ensuring the high editorial standards of our Ladybird and Penguin brands are upheld.


In this role, you’ll be responsible for the project management of a new licensed education series on our list. This will include managing schedules and budgets, copy-editing manuscripts, and proofreading layouts.


You’ll also have responsibility for:


  • Collating comments on layouts and checking corrections have been taken in accurately
  • Maintaining editorial standards according to house and series styles, and keeping the style sheets updated
  • Liaising with colleagues in our acquiring editorial, design and production teams
  • Chairing project meetings


We are open to considering candidates who do not come from a traditional book-publishing background, particularly if you have experience within the wider education sphere or experience working with licensors.


This role will best suit someone who has project management experience and is looking to develop this within an educational publishing environment. The role does require you to have proven copy-editing and proofreading skills, including knowledge of BSI proofreading symbols.


You’ll be a confident communicator with the ability to build strong relationships with teams across the business. You will be particularly adept at managing schedules and co-ordinating multi-component projects, and you will be able to work at pace to ensure that projects are delivered on time and to budget. Your passion for educational books and your keen eye for detail will be demonstrable.


What you’ll get in return is the chance to work within a vibrant and supportive team on some of the leading brands in children’s publishing, with exceptional training opportunities and benefits.


How to apply


If you’re ready to join the Ladybird Education Managing Editorial team as our Editorial Project Manager, then please submit your CV and a Cover Letter by midnight on Monday 21st June 2021.


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


  • We’re interested in your ability to organise, collaborate and deliver on projects. Please share with us an example of a time when you have done this successfully, with a focus on any challenges you faced and how you dealt with them.


All interviews will be conducted via video in the week commencing 28th June 2021.


We’re currently working remotely, and expect to be able to return to our offices from late June. 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).


Salary: £29,000 - £31,000 depending on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.


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: https://www.btbs.org/

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: 152626

Date:  08-Jun-2021

London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW

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