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Sales Assistant (Adult, Non-Trade) 12-month FTC

Are you interested to learn how we sell our books into Non-Trade retailers?


We’re looking for a Sales Assistant to join our Adult Non-Trade Sales team on a 12-month FTC. The team looks after sales into around 1,000 non-traditional retailers. Our key accounts include The Works; Urban Outfitters; ALDI; B&M; Neon Sheep; TK Maxx; and many more. We also think creatively to seek out partnership opportunities for our books, working with companies from Gucci to Greggs!


Reporting into the Sales Manager, you will assist on a number of key Non-Trade accounts such as ALDI, Lidl, Primark and promotional wholesalers; and support the team by preparing and following-up sales meetings; and costing and co-ordinating print runs. You will process small orders, fulfil customer documentation requests and assist with research for new customer contacts, so having an eye-for-detail and being diligent are key skills we’re looking for.


The team you’ll be joining works across the seven Adult Penguin Random House publishing houses and you will help to identify titles from their catalogues that are suitable for key Non Trade accounts. This role requires you to liaise with many other teams across the company including Production, Inventory, Editorial, Royalties and Contracts. This means you’ll need to communicate confidently and balance multiple priorities effectively.


The most important skills needed for this role are strong organisational skills, keen attention to detail, excellent communication and a can-do attitude.


You should also have a solid understanding and experience of using Microsoft Office, particularly PowerPoint and Excel. You don’t need to have prior publishing experience, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about our sales team and company to be successful within this role.


If you’re up for the challenge, please apply with your CV and cover letter by midnight, Thursday 21st October 2021.


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.


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 want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch with us at

Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your adjustment request. Find out more about our approach here:

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: SW11 7BW 

Job ID: 174581

Date:  14-Oct-2021

London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW

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