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Managing Editorial Assistant/Assistant Managing Editor

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Date: Apr 11, 2018

Location: New York, NY, US, 10014

Year: 2018

Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Requisition ID: 18290 

Penguin Random House is seeking a Managing Editorial Assistant or an Assistant Managing Editor! This role will directly support the Executive Managing Editor and the entire Managing Editorial department with coordinating and monitoring the production process of new titles, from edited manuscript to finished book. Working across five Penguin Publishing Group imprints, including Riverhead and Portfolio, this position is an exciting opportunity to get an overview of the entire publishing process, and to work with various departments in a fast-paced publishing house.


Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Preparing manuscripts for the production process by routing materials between the Editorial departments and reviewing forms before submission to the Production department.
  2. Disseminating up-to-date information regarding the production schedules, on-sale dates, and prices for frontlist titles.
  3. Acting as a point person for departments, including Editorial, Copyediting, Design, Art, and Production.
  4. Negotiating, tracking, and reporting production schedules for books.
  5. Setting up and maintaining title metadata in SAP.
  6. Coordinating the schedules for book jackets and jacket copy, and routing these materials to other departments for approval.
  7. Coordinating reprint corrections for backlist and frontlist titles.
  8. Providing general administrative support to the Managing Editorial department, including routing incoming and outgoing materials, answering phones, taking messages, scheduling, calendar maintenance, etc.


Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Minimum of 2 years of publishing experience to be considered at the Assistant Managing Editor level
  • Excellent communication skills, including a strong ability to interact with employees across various departments
  • Superb organizational and time management skills
  • Outstanding ability to manage multiple priorities in a deadline driven environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style
  • Knowledge of SAP a plus


Salary for the Assistant level is $40,000. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter. 

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.


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