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Editorial assistant

Are you passionate about books that make a genuine difference to people’s lives? Would you like to be part of the teams publishing Glennon Doyle, Brené Brown, Wim Hof, Deepak Chopra and bestselling titles such as The Choice and Surrounded by Idiots? Would you be excited to roll up your sleeves to help keep us super organised, and juggle multiple tasks and requests?

We are looking for an Editorial Assistant to join the Vermilion and Rider imprints of Ebury, the non-fiction specialists at Penguin Random House – and we’re hoping that person could be you. This is an entry-level position and no previous publishing experience is required.

We publish life-changing books for everyone across the spectrum, from personal development and psychology to philosophy, inspirational memoir, health, parenting and spirituality. Vermilion’s speciality is publishing highly-respected experts whose books inform, inspire and empower people to live their best life. Rider’s mission is to publish ‘books with soul’, life-affirming titles that offer readers hope, healing and a better understanding of their place in the world.

Supporting two Publishing Directors you will be the highly-valued linchpin that keeps our department running smoothly, whether you’re managing diaries, organising meetings, keeping procedures up to date, taking minutes or processing invoices. There is also an opportunity to develop your own editorial skills and help us with the day-to-day process of creating books, including proofreading covers, finalising manuscripts and drafting description copy. Proactive and with a keen eye for detail, you'll be a confident communicator working at the heart of our department and keeping not just yourself but others around you to deadline.

If this sounds like you and you genuinely love non-fiction, please apply with a covering letter and CV by 18th October. As part of your covering letter, please also tell us about a recently published non-fiction book that you have read and whether you would recommend it (no more than 300 words). 

We are currently working remotely and all interviews will be conducted via video call; when we are able, this role will transition into our Vauxhall Bridge offices in London.

Salary: You‘ll start on £24,000. Expect a £1,000 increase on your first anniversary in this role and a further £1,000 on your second to reflect your growing contribution.

What you can expect from us: 

Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:

•    25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays 

•    Medical cover 

•    Life assurance 

•    Cycle to Work scheme 

•    Discounted gym membership 

•    Personal Learning Allowance 

•    Generous pension scheme 

•    Summer working hours (role dependent)  

•    Volunteering policy and charity matching 

•    Employee Assistance programme 

•    Mentoring programme 

•    Extended Parental Leave policy  

•    60% Discount on Company books 

•    Each site has trained mental health first aiders  

•    We plant a tree for every new employee to our business 

Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.

We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here:

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