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Book Production Associate, Random House Children's Books (Hybrid)

Production Associate, Random House Children’s Books (Hybrid)

What was your favorite book when you were a kid? Did you love The Lorax? Or the Berenstain Bears series? Do you remember reading a children's book that changed your life? If you want to be part of a team dedicated to the creation of new books for young and middle-grade readers, then this role is for you.


Bookmaking at Random House Children’s Books is seeking a collaborative and detail-oriented Production Associate to join our picture books, graphic novels, and special markets team. In this role, you’ll be managing the complete book production process from release of layout files to warehouse delivery and archiving final files in addition to supporting the team as needed. If you enjoy working on a variety of children’s book formats including picture books, board books, and customized projects in a creative and team-oriented environment, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss! 


The Random House Children’s Book production department is filled with talented individuals who are passionate about making high-quality children’s books. We work closely with editors, salespeople, and designers to carefully bring each project to fruition. This role reports to the Production Manager for the picture books, graphic novels, and special markets team, which handles titles for several imprints within Random House Children’s Books including Crown, Doubleday, Golden Books, Knopf, Anne Schwartz Books, Make Me a World, Delacorte, Random House, Random House Studio, Rodale, Labyrinth Road, and Dragonfly; as well as customized projects for clients such as Kohl’s and Dollywood.


The ideal Production Associate is day-one ready to be part of a fast-paced and collaborative group. You'll work closely with many colleagues in other departments within the division, especially Editorial, Managing Editorial, and Art/Design. The role is ideal for someone who is highly organized, can handle multiple tasks at one time in a deadline-driven environment, and is interested in further developing one’s skills in the craft of bookmaking from the phases of paperback and hardcover book production.


The position of production associate at Random House Children’s Books is a hybrid position with in-office responsibilities, which include but are not limited to color-correcting proofs, reviewing samples, using Epson proofers, and in-office meetings. We will consider candidates who can work from a commutable distance to our offices at 1745 Broadway, which includes the tri-state area (NJ, CT, & PA).


Please apply using our ATS system by May 16, 2024, and include your resume and cover letter for consideration. Before applying for any role at Penguin Random House we recommend you review our applicant resources page and FAQs page.


The Role:

  • Cost estimating, including multiple options for a variety of book formats 
  • Entering and maintaining book specifications in SAP
  • Creating book schedules and maintaining dates in Filemaker Pro
  • Daily communication with both domestic and overseas suppliers
  • Preflighting of interior and component files in InDesign and Acrobat
  • Sending files to outside prepress houses/printers and trafficking and color review of all proof passes
  • Issuing prepress and manufacturing purchase orders and approving invoices
  • Archiving of final print files
  • Maintaining team’s assignment/pricing grids 


The Essentials:

  • Minimum of 1 year of relevant book production experience
  • Fundamental knowledge of prepress, color correction, printing, binding, and special effects
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects at a time and to effectively problem solve
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills
  • Proficient basic math skills to accurately complete book cost estimates
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with SAP and Filemaker Pro a plus 


The salary for this position is $53,000.  All positions are currently eligible for annual profit award or bonus, subject to Company results.



Penguin Random House job postings include a good faith compensation range for each open position. The salary range listed is specific to each particular open position and takes into account various factors including the specifics of the individual role, and candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Our range of benefits include, but are not limited to, Medical/Prescription drug insurance, Dental, Vision, Health Care/Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Pre-Tax and Roth 401(k), Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life/AD&D Insurance, Commuter Benefits, Student Loan Repayment Program, Educational Assistance & generous paid time off.

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 300 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 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 270323

Date:  May 3, 2024

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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