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Designer, Penguin Press

Penguin Press is dedicated to publishing quality nonfiction and literary fiction. The imprint publishes a diverse list of historians, scientists, novelists, politicians, poets, artists, photographers, and some of the most respected thinkers in the world, including: Ron Chernow, Michael Pollan, Zadie Smith, Rick Rubin, Mary Oliver, Thomas Pynchon, Ocean Vuong, Dan Barber, Ottessa Moshfegh, Maira Kalman, Celeste Ng, Mark Harris, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Steve Coll, Franklin Foer, William Finnegan, Nate Silver, Alice Waters and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Penguin Random House is seeking a Designer to join the Penguin Press art department. In this role, you will be responsible for assisting in the design of hardcover jackets and paperback covers. The Designer will work closely the art director and design staff in the preparation and routing mechanicals, and readying them for printing
purposes. This position will also coordinate with the editorial, managing editorial, and production departments in order to facilitate this process.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Designing and routing jacket and cover mechanicals (layout design), and seeing through to production stage
  • Designing original covers and jackets
  • Preparing files, reviewing and correcting proofs with the assistance of senior staff
  • Making reprint corrections
  • Converting hardcover designs to paperback format
  • Fielding interdepartmental requests
  • Communicating with editors, production editors, freelancers, and external departments

With this in mind, to be successful in this role we feel that you’ll need to have:

  • 1-3 years of professional design experience
  • Genuine interest in book cover design
  • Strong skillset in design and typography
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat) on Mac platform
  • Ability to work independently and communicate effectively (verbal/written)
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a deadline-driven environment
  • Experience preparing files for digital and print output
  • Retouching and color correcting skills
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail


The salary for this position is $63,000. All positions are currently eligible for annual profit award or bonus, subject to Company results. Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and portfolio.

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: 267574

Date:  Apr 19, 2024

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

Job Segment: Book Publishing, Photography, Graphic Design, Publishing, Creative

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