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Production Design Assistant - (Open to remote)

The Random House Children’s Books young adult covers team is seeking a highly motivated, skilled individual with a desire to learn and contribute to the team in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. The Assistant Production Designer will assist the Art Director and the rest of the team in the execution of all phases of cover and jacket making. The position will expose the assistant to all phases of cover creation with an emphasis on cover and jacket layouts and digital pre-press preparation. 


Essential Functions and Responsibilities: 


  1. Uses Adobe Suite’s InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat programs to assist supervisor and team with design-related tasks including preparing sales materials, laying out covers and jackets, inputting text corrections, color correcting, creating spec plates, and all other pre-press preparation
  1. Prepares archive ready InDesign application files and press ready PDFs
  2. Tracks and meets routing schedules and printer deadlines
  3. Assists the team with administrative tasks including vendor setup, creating vendor agreements, and managing invoice payments
  4. Attends and participates in production, team, and title-specific meetings


Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements: 


  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Suite’s current InDesign and Photoshop programs, and at least basic understanding of Adobe Suite’s Illustrator and Acrobat programs
  • An affinity for and interest in the systems and the technical skills required for preparing materials for print production
  • Highly organized, able to handle multiple tasks, to prioritize and manage time efficiently
  • Strong attention to detail, quality and process
  • Willingness to take on responsibilities and demonstrates an ability to ask for support or help
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a desire to learn and work collaboratively
  • Portfolio showcasing layout design and technical skills
  • Interest in book design


Preferred qualifications include: 


  • Knowledge of pre-press, 1-color and 4-color printing process, and PDF workflow. 
  • Experience with pre-press production at a publishing house
  • Retouching and/or photo composite skills
  • Deep interest in Young Adult books


The salary for this position is $48,000. 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: 271674

Date:  Jul 3, 2024

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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

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