Operations Assistant (12m FTC), Penguin Random House Children's



Do people look to you to Get Stuff Done? Do you have a knack for organisation, a love of problem solving and are you a natural multi-tasker with a keen eye for detail?


We’re looking for an organised and proactive assistant to join our Operations and Managing Editorial team on a fixed-term contract basis for approximately 12 months.


As part of the wider Penguin Random House Children’s division, Operations supports the creative teams and processes that underpin our business, making sure that all the teams are on track to get a book published, available online and in stores with all of the right information to market them well.


This role will primarily support the Editorial and Design teams, but also work closely with Rights, Sales, Publishing Operations and Finance, so you’ll be someone comfortable working with a wide range of people on a regular basis.


You’ll be responsible for things like ensuring our internal information is accurate and up-to-date, ready to share with retailers who sell our books online and in store across the world, as well as making sure our suppliers and freelancers get paid on time. You’ll also organise key departmental meetings; pull together presentation packs and reports; agendas; minutes; and coordinate diaries.


As well as experience communicating regularly on email in Outlook, confident with Word, Excel and PowerPoint (or similar applications), we’re looking for someone to become an expert on Biblio and Basware, our two key operating systems: Biblio is the main databases for all our title information and Basware is used for all our purchase requisition and invoicing needs – full training will be provided, but you’ll need to enjoy dealing with detail, data and systems.


What you’ll get in return is a collaborative team that will give you the opportunity to work across the full breadth of the Children’s division and publishing, developing a detailed understanding of how the publishing industry works. This is an excellent opportunity to kick start your career in Publishing.


How to apply


If you’re ready to join the Operations and Managing Editorial team as our and Assistant, then please submit your CV and a Cover Letter by midnight on Thursday 25th February 2021.


As part of your application we’d like you to respond to the following questions in your Cover Letter:


  • We’d like to know what kind of work environment you thrive in and why?
  • We’re interested in your ability to organise, collaborate and deliver. 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. We are currently working remotely, but expect this role to transition into our new Embassy Gardens office in Nine Elms (SW11 7BW) once it is safe for us to do so.


Salary: You‘ll start on £24,000. Expect a £1,000 increase on your first anniversary in this role and a further £1,000 on your second to reflect your growing contribution.

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: SW11 7BW 

Job ID: 128363

128363The Random House Group Limited 

Date:  18-Feb-2021

London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW

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