Senior Designer - Random House Children's Books

The Random House Children’s Trade Publishing group seeks a Senior Designer to join their middle grade design team. This is an opportunity for a highly creative and collaborative designer who has an interest in designing books specifically for the middle grade category, including heavily illustrated novels, photographic nonfiction, graphic novels, and literary fiction.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop innovative visual design concepts for middle grade covers
  • Research and hire new illustrators, designers, and calligraphers for middle grade covers and interiors
  • Manage and prioritize numerous projects with various timelines
  • Attend production and design meetings regularly to ensure book production deadlines are met
  • Monitor design budget for each assigned title
  • Traffic all elements of book production, from early conception through sales materials and printed books
  • Prepare print ready jacket, cover, and interior mechanicals using specific Random House guidelines
  • Color correct and review production proofs



  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in trade publishing environment
  • Familiarity with the children’s book market and interest in researching competition
  • A passion and eye for good typography
  • Highly organized, able to handle multiple tasks, to prioritize and manage time efficiently.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong attention to detail, quality, and process
  • Great verbal and written communications skills, able to receive and deliver creative feedback
  • Strong understanding of the print production process, PDF workflow experience a plus
  • Expert command of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Hand-lettering skills a plus


Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world.  In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution.  Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others.  More information can be found at


Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.



Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: New York 

City: New York, NY 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 36071


Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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