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Design Assistant, Penguin Random House Children's

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 have an opportunity for a Design Assistant to join our Education team on a permanent basis.


The Education team is part of PRH Children’s division and works across all imprints, Ladybird, Puffin and Penguin. We produce a broad range of books for both the UK and international education markets with a focus on learning at home. Our books range from those aimed at children starting to read and write to teens and young adults who are studying English as a second language. We work across novelty books, activity books and fiction titles commissioning illustrators as well as working with some of our biggest brands such a Peppa Pig and Roald Dahl.


We are looking for a organised and enthusiastic individual to assist our Education design team. This is an entry-level position but you should be able to demonstrate a keen design eye, good typographic skills, exceptional organisation skills and a desire to learn.


As Design Assistant, you will provide day to day support to the design team, creating and managing visual assets for our titles and ensuring they are uploaded to the relevant data bases. You’ll have responsibility for managing reprints as well as the opportunity to design adaptations of some of our best known series such as Read it Yourself.


Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Practical day to day admin and design support
  • Managing reprints
  • Re-designing of backlist titles


The successful candidate will be be keen to learn about all aspects of publishing design. They will be organised, flexible and reactive in their approach, able to contribute ideas and absorb feedback with a positive attitude. You will be fluent in the use of the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator) and a working knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


It’s a great time to join the Penguin Random House Children’s team – if you’d like to apply, please submit your CV, a PDF with 3 examples of your design work that you are most proud of and a short Cover Letter that tells us why this role caught your eye.


The closing date for this opportunity is midnight on 21st August


We’re currently experimenting with hybrid working and involving colleagues across the business to shape our future ways of working. The needs of our teams and individuals are different, so we’re not taking a one-size-fits-all approach. While our offices are places to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues, we recognise that flexibility about where you work is just as important for doing your best work and for your wellbeing.


For this role, there are meetings and activities that you will need to attend in person (mainly at our offices in Nine Elms. The exact balance of office to remote working will depend on the nature of your role and team needs, and we are open to discussing this through the recruitment process.









What you can expect from us:


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.

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:

•    27 days paid holiday entitlement in year one (plus bank holidays), increasing a day each year up to 30 days
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended gender neutral parental leave
•    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


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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: Wandsworth 

Postal Code: SW11 

Job ID: 235796

Date:  04-Aug-2022

Wandsworth, LND, GB, SW11

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