We are looking for an entrepreneurial and collaborative Head of Translation and Co-Editions to drive growth and develop strategy for rights and print sales of illustrated books across all seven Penguin Random House adult divisions – Ebury, Michael Joseph, Penguin Press, Penguin General, Cornerstone, Transworld and Vintage.
With some of the biggest author names in the business, our list ranges from cookery, lifestyle and design to graphic novels, gift, humour, photography and atlases. To succeed in this position, you will be highly energised by the opportunity to work with a wide range of globally renowned authors and to establish new brands, and you’ll be passionate about the role you can play in the growth of our business.
This role reports to the Illustrated Rights Director.
In this role you will be responsible for achieving excellent sales and handling high value customer relationships for your individual markets (Netherlands, France, China, Spain, Italy and Poland). You will develop the team’s translation strategy working closely with the Illustrated Rights Director, including setting sales targets for our books and generating collective commitment to team ambition and success. You’ll be responsible for the team’s print business, leading the team to deliver on targets and unlock new opportunities for growth. You will also be an important liaison with authors and their representatives, as well as key internal stakeholders for our books across Editorial, Finance, Production and Design.
What you’ll bring
In-depth knowledge of the production and co-edition process, with considerable experience selling co-editions
Awareness of the challenges facing the print and co-edition business, as well as opportunities for growth and relevant experience of budgets and forecasting
Experience of strategically handling global publishing programmes for high value authors, managing international releases and reporting regularly to author representatives
Highly sophisticated interpersonal skills and a significant flair for diplomacy, with the ability to connect, enthuse, influence, motivate and challenge at all levels and with all key stakeholders related to the rights business, within and outside the organisation
An excellent negotiator with proven influencing skills and a track record of maximising sales and achieving major deals
Substantial analytical ability and financial awareness, combined with a curiosity about new opportunities and an appetite for calculated risk
A supportive and motivational leader, able to empower your rights team to meet strategic goals and deadlines whilst ensuring a high, professional standard as well building on a strong, collaborative and inclusive team culture
If you’re interested in joining our Rights team and becoming a critical part of the business, please apply with your CV and cover letter by midnight on Sunday 30th October. Early applications are encouraged.
What you can expect from us:
Salary: £45,000 – £60,000 depending on how your skills and experience align with the role, plus bonus and benefits.
While our offices are places to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues, we recognise that flexibility about where you work is just as important for doing your best work and for your wellbeing. For this role, there are meetings and activities that you will need to attend in person at our offices in Pimlico. We are open to discussing the exact balance of office to remote working through the recruitment process.
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:
27 days paid holiday entitlement in year one (plus bank holidays), increasing a day each year up to 30 days
Cycle to Work scheme
Discounted gym membership
Generous pension scheme
Summer working hours (role dependent)
Volunteering policy and charity matching
Employee Assistance programme
Extended gender neutral parental leave
Access to books and eBooks across Penguin Random House UK
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.
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Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.