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Production Assistant, Random House Children's Books

Production Assistant, Random House Children’s Books

What was your favorite book when you were a kid? Did you love The Phantom Tollbooth? Or the Magic Tree House 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 middle-grade and young adult readers, then this role is for you.


Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House, seeks a hands-on and detail-oriented Production Assistant who will be an essential member of Random House Children’s 1-color production team, supporting the Production Manager and will be assisting and managing daily administrative and production tasks.


As the Production Assistant, you will 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 learning about the phases of paperback and hardcover book production, from inception to bound book.


Please apply using our ATS system and include your cover letter and resume for consideration.


The Role:

  • Review files to ensure they meet desired format and printer specifications
  • Work closely with internal departments (managing editorial, editorial, and design) and outside vendors
  • Maintain and continually monitor production schedules using FileMaker Pro software
  • Review proofs and finished samples for color and overall quality
  • Input book specifications and issue purchase orders using SAP software
  • Compare pricing across vendors and provide estimates
  • Attend and participate in weekly title status meetings
  • Archive files upon final approval and project completion


The Essentials:

  • A curious and focused mindset and dexterity in working with data management, communication, and Production/Design software tools:
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
    • Familiarity with InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop, SAP, and FileMaker Pro, a plus
  • Creative individual, eager to share ideas and actively participate in group brainstorms
  • Self-motivated, able to prioritize, and can work independently as well as in a team
  • Ability to multi-task and will thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Candidate must be proactive and exceptionally organized
  • Strong communication & writing skills are essential
  • Deadline-oriented when navigating multi projects with ease and confidence
  • Exceptional attention to detail, the ability to prioritize, and strong follow-up skills
  • A team player with the ability to build internal & external relationships 
  • Takes initiative once comfortable in the role with a strong history of problem-solving creatively


The entry-level salary for this position is $45,000.

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: 255071

Date:  Nov 18, 2022

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

Job Segment: Book Publishing, Outside Sales, Graphic Design, Data Management, Publishing, Sales, Entry Level, Creative, Data

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