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Paper Supply Chain Manager




Are you ready to make a significant impact on the production process at the UK's leading publisher?


We are seeking a talented and driven individual to take on the crucial role of Paper Supply Chain Manager. In this dynamic position, you will be at the forefront of ensuring the quality, look, and feel of our printed materials, as well as managing the logistics and costs of our paper supply chain. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with paper mills, printers, and internal stakeholders to forecast and manage paper stocks for all of our monochrome printings in the UK.


Your expertise in paper purchasing will be integral in guiding and influencing production decisions, making a tangible difference to the success of our department and the wider business.


Key responsibilities will include:


  • Forecasting and ordering paper for monochrome manufacturing, driving efficiency and cost savings in paper management.

  • Ensuring paper availability for printings while maintaining healthy stock turnover.

  • Implementing contingencies to mitigate against any forecasting constraints.

  • Managing a Paper Controller Assistant, driving their development and efficiency.

  • Liaising with senior production colleagues to agree on paper grades for non-standard printings and communicate effectively to the Production team.

  • Sharing knowledge with Production and Inventory Management teams to support their understanding of their roles in the paper buying process.

  • Providing detailed analysis for paper price negotiations.

  • Researching and sourcing new papers for production requirements to improve quality and commercial competitiveness.

  • Maintaining excellent relationships with printers and core paper suppliers.

  • Liaising with the Finance Department to ensure accurate and timely reporting of inventory valuations and paper costs.

  • Working with the Sustainability Production Manager to ensure environmental considerations are adhered to in paper management and purchasing.

  • Staying informed of environmental initiatives within suppliers’ mills, practices, and the wider industry.


Preferred candidate profile:


  • You will be knowledgeable about the book production industry and will be deemed as our supply chain expert for paper

  • You will be adept with Excel and data

  • You will comfortable to communicate with internal and external stakeholders

  • You will be passionate about our book production process


Our approach to hybrid working:


We as a Production-focused team appreciate and thrive best with an open, collaborative and supportive way of working in-person and virtually. We create trusted relationships at all levels and believe that a diverse team is what will make us all successful. We are happy to discuss our flexible working approach with you if invited to an interview.


Please apply with your CV and cover letter by 11:59pm on Sunday 14th April.


About Penguin: 


We’re the UK’s largest publisher; made up of some 2,000 people and publishing over 1,500 books each year. Our doors are open to all kinds of talent. In a constantly evolving industry, we work hard to stretch the definition of the word publisher. Here, you’ll work with a breadth of talent who all play their part to make each of our books a success. Together, we make books for everyone because a book can change anyone. 




What you can expect from us:


Salary: Circa £50,000 dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.

Our people are the heart of our business, and we work hard to support a culture of responsibility and recognition. Our benefits include:


  • Financial – income protection, life assurance, childcare allowance

  • Wellbeing – healthcare cash plan, critical illness cover, health checks

  • Lifestyle – enhanced parental leave, tech scheme


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As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we're part of the offer an interview scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can't take all eligible candidates to interview.


We encourage you to tell us about any reasonable adjustments you may need by emailing Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your request.


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: 268304

Date:  15 Mar 2024

London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW


Job Segment: Supply Chain, Book Publishing, Logistics, Supply Chain Manager, Supply, Operations, Publishing

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