Senior PR Executive

Do you want to help the UK’s leading book publisher advance the causes that it cares about – from improving literacy to encouraging more diversity in the English Literature curriculum – through creative consumer PR activity?


We’re hiring a Senior PR Executive to help us extend the reach and impact of our brand campaigns for new audiences, to tell the story of the role that books and publishing play in the wider world to unite our readership.


This role will sit in our central Audiences, Brand and Communications division, reporting to our Director of Communications. It’s a brilliant opportunity for someone to develop their PR career at a widely-known consumer brand with social impact at its heart, at a time when Penguin is looking to use its voice and platforms to drive real change in the wider world.


In this role, you will be involved in extending the reach of our brand campaigns through coordinated PR activity in consumer-focused and national outlets. That could include our Lit in Colour campaign, or our Puffin World of Stories initiative. Through regular engagement with the media and a nose for what journalists are interested in, you will ensure that we are plugged into relevant stories being written on the publishing and wider creative industries and will shine a spotlight on our teams’ creativity and innovation.

You'll also think about how to amplify some of the exclusive author content we’re creating on through the media, to drive more traffic to our website.


You’ll also provide support to the Director of Communications on day-to-day activities, ranging acting as a press office and managing inbound enquiries, to drafting press releases and announcements, developing awards entries, crafting social and website copy, and conducting daily media monitoring and analysis.


What we’re looking for from you:


  • You’re passionate about the role that businesses can play as a force for good in society and understand how PR can both support and advance brand-led and cause-related activity.
  • You do not need to have experience in the publishing or creative industries, but you will have experience in consumer PR, and preferably will have been involved in developing and pitching in media stories to support brand campaigns.
  • You will have a keen interest in and knowledge of the media backdrop and will regularly engage with journalists.
  • You will be an excellent communicator, with the ability to write and edit a range of compelling copy with consumer appeal.
  • You will also be a creative thinker, and someone who thrives in a fast-paced but exciting, fun and supportive environment.


Please note, this is not a publicity role and you will not be creating campaigns to promote individual books or authors. Instead, the role is based in our central communications team and will focus on amplifying the Penguin brand and our brand-led campaigns.


If you’re excited to learn more and join our ambitious team, we want to hear from you. Please apply with your CV and cover letter by Sunday 8th August.



What you can expect from us:


Salary: Circa £33,000 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.



As a Disability Confidence 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: 161531

Date:  22-Jul-2021

London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW

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