Production Editor - Zeitgeist

Production Editor – Zeitgeist


Penguin Random House is currently seeking a Production Editor to join an innovative team focused on demand-based, data-driven original titles and adaptations across a variety of nonfiction genres. This position will play an essential role in maintaining editorial standards throughout each book’s production, while collaborating closely with editorial, production, and design colleagues to bring titles to market quickly. For a peek at the titles we’ve produced please click here:  



Additional responsibilities include:

  1. Hiring and managing a roster of freelance copy editors, proofreaders, and indexers
  2. Reviewing the work of freelancers, which includes clearing manuscripts and post-copyediting
  3. Collating changes from authors, editors, and freelancers in early manuscript passes and page proofs
  4. Coding and tagging manuscripts for design and composition
  5. Copyediting cover copy and paperback additional materials, including sales quotes and marketing copy
  6. Proofreading covers, interiors captions, and additional materials
  7. Collaborating on book schedules and maintaining deadlines
  8. Composing freelancer contracts and executing all payments
  9. Creating and maintaining networks in SAP
  10. Inputting approved sales and marketing copy into internal systems


Please apply to join us if you meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years of publishing experience, including experience independently working on original and reprint content
  • Strong analytical, copyediting, proofreading, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Chicago Manual Style
  • Experience managing freelancers
  • Strong technical skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, and all electronic editing components
  • Highly organized with the ability to successfully manage multiple competing priorities
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Is adaptable to change and enjoys working through new challenges


Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume 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.



Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: New York 

City: New York 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 110968

110968Penguin Random House LLC 

Date:  Nov 18, 2020

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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