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Senior Manager, Production - Random House Children's Books

 Random House Children’s Books is seeking a collaborative and detail-oriented Senior Production Manager to join our 4-color trade book team. In this role, you’ll be managing the complete book production process from release of layout files to warehouse delivery and archiving final files for approximately 60 original titles per year and will be supervising the work of one team member. If you enjoy working on a variety of children’s book formats including picture books, board books, and graphic novels in a creative and team-oriented environment, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!


The Random House Children’s Book production department is filled with talented individuals who are passionate about making high-quality children’s books. We work closely with editors and designers to carefully bring each project to fruition. This role reports to the Senior Production Director for 4-color trade books and brands, whose team handles titles for several imprints within Random House Children’s Books, including Doubleday BFYR, Golden Books, Random House BFYR, Random House Graphic, Random House Studio, and Rodale Kids, and iconic brands such as Dr. Seuss, Little Golden Books, and Richard Scarry.      


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Supervising the work of one team member, providing support and guidance as needed
  • Consulting with editorial and art & design teams to develop the specifications for individual titles
  • Preparing cost estimates for titles, including multiple options for a variety of book formats
  • Entering and maintaining book specifications in SAP
  • Creating book schedules and maintaining dates in Filemaker Pro
  • Daily communication with both domestic and overseas suppliers
  • Preflighting of interior and component files in InDesign and Acrobat
  • Sending files to outside prepress houses/printers and trafficking and color review of all proof passes
  • Issuing prepress and manufacturing purchase orders and approving invoices
  • Archiving of final print files
  • Assisting Senior Production Director with setting team expectations and protocols




  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant book production experience, including at least one year as a people manager
  • Extensive knowledge of prepress, color correction, printing, binding, and special effects
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects at a time and to effectively problem solve
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills
  • Proficient basic math skills to accurately complete book cost estimates
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with SAP and Filemaker Pro a plus


The salary range for this position is $71,000-$88,000. This is a hybrid role with the expectation to work 1 day per week in office (or more if the employee chooses to) to review proofs and book samples in a color room.



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: 256322

Date:  Jan 6, 2023

New York, NY, US, 10019

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

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