Head of Recruitment



Are you a strategic thinker with the vision and ambition to lead and drive change in how we attract and hire the best talent to Penguin Random House?

If so, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for a Head of Recruitment who can shape and deliver our long-term recruitment strategy to find the best talent and become a more inclusive employer and publisher.

One of our three core goals for our inclusion strategy  is to achieve representation in all teams at all levels, and this role is fundamental to our success. 


You’ll lead a team of eight, consisting of recruiters and acquirers, and will be a senior member of the Organisational and Development team, along with Talent Development.


The role 


  • To define, lead and facilitate a proactive and inclusive recruitment strategy, implemented and supported by both the recruitment team and hiring managers. 
  • Driving forward the company’s goals on representation so that our new hires including senior leaders are representative of society. 
  • You’ll inspire, champion and develop your team to partner with the business to achieve these goals, and build strong and collaborative relationships with senior leaders with your expertise and strong influencing skills. 
  • To use your curiosity, fresh perspective and creativity to develop and radiate our employer brand, so that we offer a compelling and exciting proposition to the talent we seek. 
  • Alongside the opportunity to continually innovate and reimagine our approach to recruitment, you’ll also roll up your sleeves and get stuck in, managing the day to day. 


What you’ll bring: 


  • Experience of recruiting candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and reaching candidates from different industries and groups.
  • Proven ability to lead and demonstrable skills in building rapport and inspiring trust and confidence.
  • An ability to think both big and small, combined with the skill to navigate complexity and ambiguity to find smart and pragmatic solutions.
  • You’ll know too the best way to connect quickly with others –through what you say, do and write. 
  • Experience of developing, implementing and radiating employer brand
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of inclusive hiring practices.  


You don’t need to have set foot in a publisher’s before, we’re after fresh perspectives.  What’s most important is your extensive recruitment expertise; and your experience of creating, leading and implementing an inclusive hiring strategy. 

What’s in it for you?

You’ll work with a focused and ambitious HR team, who strive to keep things human and to do things differently. There’ll be the opportunity to innovate, inspire change and shape our recruitment strategy. At your disposal will be one of the world’s most original, distinctive and much-loved brands. When you combine this with a company which believes in creating a place where employees can do the best work of their lives, you’ve a compelling offering to play with.

To apply, please share in your covering letter why this role appeals and why you’d make a great match, attaching your CV by 20th June.

Salary: Circa £80,000 per annum, depending 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: http://booktradeentrysupport.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: Penguin Books Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW1V 2SA 

Job ID: 151781

Date:  03-Jun-2021

London, LND, GB, SW1V 2SA

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