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Executive Editor - (Hybrid)

The Random House imprint is currently seeking an Executive Editor with a proven record for publishing successful, high-quality fiction, to acquire and edit books that uphold the spirit of this esteemed, ninety-five-year-old list while helping to chart a bold and creative future. Reporting to the Editor in Chief, the Editor will build a list of smart, accessible fiction that speaks to, and is representative of, the diversity of our potential audiences and our society as a whole. 


Random House’s award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors include Salman Rushdie, George Saunders, Elizabeth Strout, Gary Shteyngart, Torrey Peters, Warsan Shire, Curtis Sittenfeld, David Mitchell, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Téa Obreht, Imbolo Mbue, Kelly Link, and Emma Cline, among others. 




  1. Actively solicit, acquire, and evaluate fiction with critical and bestselling potential, and identify categories to explore for growth potential 
  1. Work with writers to develop and finalize manuscripts, from substantive structural feedback to line edits, and engage and partner with them on a fully realized publishing campaign 
  1. Manage the lifecycle of the editorial process from acquisition to publication: collaborate with designers, art directors, and production teams, as well as with sales, publicity, and marketing teams, to publish and position books as efficiently and effectively as possible 
  1. Mentor junior staff, as opportunities arise 
  1. Overall, be a powerful and proactive advocate for your titles, your colleagues’ lists, and the Random House imprint as a whole 




  • Minimum of 10 years relevant editorial experience in book publishing or journalism, news/magazines, or related media 
  • A track record of acquiring and publishing profitable and critically acclaimed books 
  • An expansive and deep network of agent, author, and wider cultural contacts 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively and to be supportive of other team members as well as authors 
  • Diplomacy and sensitivity in handling delicate conversations with multiple parties 


The salary range for this position is $90,000 - $140,000. Candidates with a proven track record of acquiring and publishing multiple adult fiction titles appearing on the New York Times bestseller list and/or selected for national book club lists will be eligible for a salary between $120,000 - $140,000. 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: 267786

Date:  Feb 28, 2024

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

Job Segment: Book Publishing, Editor, Media Publishing, Writing, Journalism, Publishing, Creative

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