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Date: Nov 28, 2017

Location: New York, NY, US, 10014

Status: Open Position

Company: Random House North America 

Requisition ID: 13391 

Penguin Random House is seeking a Production Editor to work with adult fiction and nonfiction titles in several Penguin Publishing Group imprints, including Viking, Pamela Dorman Books, Penguin Press, Portfolio, and Sentinel. The role will oversee the initial transmittal of final manuscripts to bound books while also providing general support to the Production Editorial team. This person will closely interact with various internal departments to maintain the publishing schedule deadlines from copyediting through blues.


Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Managing the copy production of approximately fifteen to twenty titles per year from initial text transmittal to final release to printers.
  2. Hiring and assessing the work of freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, cold readers, and indexers.
  3. Preparing and styling initial text transmittals using a custom Penguin Random House Word-based platform.
  4. Coordinating with the Editorial, Managing Editorial, Production, Design, and Digital departments to see titles through to completion.
  5. Reviewing and collating author and proofreader edits.
  6. Evaluating and processing reprint corrections for Viking and Penguin Press backlist titles.
  7. Performing quality control checks and approving ebooks for distribution for Viking, Pamela Dorman Books, and Penguin Press titles.
  8. Copyediting and proofreading supplementary material such as promotional material, retailer copy, tip sheets, and social media copy.


Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 3–5 years of book publishing experience
  • Strong knowledge of book layout and production in both print and ebook formats
  • Excellent copyediting and proofreading skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize multiple assignments in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work successfully on a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word (especially the track changes function) and Adobe Acrobat
  • Knowledge of other electronic workflow processes a plus
  • Knowledge of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, and The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition and above


Please apply using our online application process, and please include your résumé and cover letter with salary requirements. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.

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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