Next Editors Programme

Do you want...

...a fast-track to one of t­­he most exciting creative industries?

....a career change without starting from scratch? find and support the next generation of readers and authors? pick the next bestseller, champion hidden gems and spot trends before they go mainstream?

We can help take your career to the next level.

Apply for the Next Editors Programme.

Penguin Random House is the world’s leading publisher: we make books for everyone, because a book can change anyone.

You could be a project manager, a teacher, a lawyer with a side-hustle – wherever you’ve worked, we are looking for people with the talent and drive to find and shape the books of the future.

This is an 18-month paid learning programme, custom-built to give you the tools and experience to become a Commissioning Editor – a pivotal role in the publishing industry.

We are open to applicants with at least three years’ work experience from any industry or role, and the programme is specifically for applicants who are Black, Asian or from minority ethnic backgrounds. (If you’re earlier on in your working life, have a look at our entry-level programme The Scheme.)

The Next Editors Programme offers opportunities in fiction, non-fiction and children’s publishing. We have four places available, each with one of our publishing houses, so there is a home for you whatever your interests.

So, what does a Commissioning Editor do?

They're at the heart of the publishing process, working closely with the author to produce the best possible book. They project manage the book’s creation from start to finish, working with teams from across the business.

Commissioning Editors proactively seek out new books to publish, whether by reading manuscripts or by approaching potential authors.

They win over authors and bring colleagues along with them, from Design and Sales to Publicity and Marketing. Commissioning Editors need to be curious, brimming with ideas and great at maintaining relationships. They champion their authors and make sure the book is at its best.

Watch the video below to hear more about what our Editorial teams do:

Sound good? You could be next.

The Next Editors Programme is a positive action traineeship. It's been designed to address the underrepresentation of colleagues from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds at Commissioning Editor level at Penguin Random House.  Commissioning Editors seek out and help shape the books that we publish, so it is important that they represent the diversity of UK society.

The programme is 18 months long and will give you the skills and experience to be in the best possible position to secure a Commissioning Editor role by the end. 

As part of the traineeship, you'll follow a bespoke training and development plan designed to build your skills as a Commissioning Editor - including workshops, mentoring and practical on-the-job learning.

Find out more about what it takes here.

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