Junior Designer, Penguin General

Are you an aspiring designer with a passion for books? Would you like to be part of the most vibrant and successful publisher in the world? Penguin General are recruiting for a Junior Designer to join their world class Art division.

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About Penguin General

Penguin General, a division of Penguin Random House, publish a broad range of books from prize-winning novelists and top 10 bestsellers like Caleb Azumah Nelson, Dolly Alderton, Noam Chomsky and Zadie Smith in many genres including lifestyle, business, history, crime, literary and popular fiction.

The role

We are looking for a creative Junior Designer to join the Art department, working on the design of book covers and book interiors.

Joining a team of seven, and reporting into the Art Director, you will work closely with the senior members of the team to complete existing projects, learn about pre-press processes as well as producing your own work and developing ideas towards finished book designs.

You’ll be an integral part of a team that are working across the full breadth of publishing including fiction and non-fiction, hardback and paperback, debuts and bestselling titles.

What you’ll bring

We’re looking for someone with proven skill in typography and text layout, and an interest in conceptual design. You don’t need previous publishing experience, but you’ll need an interest in design for books and a passion for Graphic Design and visual culture You’ll be proficient on Mac, as well as Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, and have strong organisational skills, able to work on multiple projects at once, and the ability to work to briefs and strict deadlines.

How to apply

Please apply with your CV, Cover Letter and most recent portfolio (attached as a PDF) by midnight on Wednesday 19th July.

Professional and self-initiated work will be treated with equal weight. Creative potential and passion are the most valuable attributes that we are looking for.

Our hybrid working approach

PRH is currently experimenting with hybrid working and involving colleagues across the business to shape our future ways of working. The needs of our teams and individuals are different, so we’re not taking a one-size-fits-all approach.

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.

What you can expect from us:

Salary: between £29,500 – £33,000 depending on how your skills and experience align with the role, plus bonus and benefits

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
Medical cover
Life assurance
Cycle to Work scheme
Discounted gym membership
Generous pension scheme
Summer working hours (role dependent)
Volunteering policy and charity matching
Employee Assistance programme
Mentoring 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.

As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we’re part of the ‘offer an interview’ scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can’t take all eligible candidates to interview.

We want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch with us at

Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your adjustment request. Find out more about our approach here:

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:

Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.