PA to MD (Cornerstone)

Are you organised with an eye for detail? Are you curious and keen to learn on the job? Are you a self-starter who enjoys being part of a busy team?  


We are looking for a Personal Assistant to support the Managing Director of Cornerstone. In addition to support the Managing Director, you will be central to making the division run smoothly and to help create the team culture. 


Cornerstone is made up of Century, Hutchinson Heinemann, #Merky Books, Del Rey and Random House Business Books. They’re home to a broad range of titles across fiction and non-fiction: commercial and literary – from Ramla Ali to James Patterson; Grace Beverley to Tom Hanks; Lisa Jewells to Sebastian Faulks and Robert Harris to Star Wars.


You will support on daily tasks including diary management, organising key departmental events and creating presentations. You will be the key connection across Cornerstone working with the Managing Director to foster an inclusive, creative and fun team culture.


No day will be the same. We work in a highly responsive environment, so we are looking for someone who is able to juggle multiple priorities, being able to distinguish between urgent and important, and work at pace. You will need to be hyper organised, with an ability to take initiative and to stay calm. We are looking for someone who is trustworthy and discreet.


You will be the first point of contact for queries, so you will need to be confident communicating with a wide range of people at all levels across our company. Publishing is about people so you will enjoy making connections and building relationships.


Training for publishing-specific systems will be provided, but you'll be a fast learner and confident in Microsoft Office, particularly PowerPoint and Excel.  


We are currently trialling flexible working and our offices are based on Vauxhall Bridge Road in London. This is a full-time position and interviews will be conducted over video call.


This is not an entry-level role: if you have previous experience in administration, have supported senior directors in the smooth running of their day-to-day and are now keen to work in a media/entertainment environment, this is the role for you. 
Please apply with a CV and cover letter by midnight on Sunday 1st August.





What you can expect from us:


Salary: Up to £35,000 dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.


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: 161532

Date:  22-Jul-2021

London, LND, GB, SW1V 2SA

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