What's in it for you

The Next Editors Programme is an 18-month traineeship, designed to help you learn and develop the skills needed to excel in the book industry as a Commissioning Editor.

You’ll get exposure to the full publishing landscape and understand how we take books from ideas to readers. You’ll also get a crash course in the business element of books, seeing how we pitch for the authors we believe in, how we acquire and how we use our expertise to make that book a success.

Alongside on-the job learning and guidance from an experienced manager, you'll also be supported by our HR team and follow a bespoke training and development programme designed to fast track your knowledge and skills to put you in the strongest position to carry on your career as a Commissioning Editor at the end of the programme.

In the first phase of your training, you'll be immersed in the publishing industry - learning how we publish a book, building your commercial awareness, and getting to know the different elements that come together to make that happen - from authors, marketing and publicity, to retailers.

You'll then build on that knowledge through a structured training programme, designed to equip you with the practical tools you need to become a great Commissioning Editor. You'll learn how to pitch, acquire, and promote a book and build your core editing skills.

The final phase will have you putting all that you’ve learnt into practice and taking ownership of your own projects, authors and commissions.

●           £32k per year while you train

●           25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays

●           Summer Hours, meaning we finish up early on Fridays in the Summer

●           A generous contributory pension plan

●           Medical cover

●           Cycle to Work scheme

●           Discounted gym membership

●           Volunteering policy and charity matching

●           Employee Assistance programme, and each site has trained mental health first aiders 

●           Plenty of free books!

While we can’t guarantee a job at the end of the traineeship, we can guarantee that by the end of the programme you’ll be well prepared and supported to apply for a Commissioning Editor role.

After the Next Editors Programme

Our aim is that at the end of the traineeship you’re set up for success, and in the best possible position to secure a role as a Commissioning Editor.

We very much hope that will be with us. As a Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House, you can expect to earn between £32,000 and £48,000, based on skills and experience, and so after the programme, your salary will reflect the experience you’ve gained whilst training over 18 months, as well as the remit of your new job.

As with all our roles, there is opportunity for future growth within your pay band as you continue to develop. Beyond the role of Commissioning Editor, editorial progression opportunities include Editorial Director, Publisher and Publishing Director.  

As you transition from the traineeship to your new role, we’ll continue to offer you tailored career support through mentoring, career check-ins and training so that you achieve your long-term career goals.

This tailored support is extended even if your next career move is not with us – and we’ll support you with regular check-ins beyond the programme, as well as offering a fully funded package to support your transition. This will include sessions with an expert and dedicated career counsellor, access to learning events and seminars, as well as specialist CV and interview advice.

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