Picture Researcher (12-month FTC and Part-time)

Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House has an exciting opportunity for a Picture Researcher to join our Press Art Department to cover a 12-month period of parental leave. This opportunity is offered a part-time basis, working 3.5 days week.

Company: Penguin Books Limited

Country: United Kingdom

State/Region: London SW1V 2SA

City: London

Postal Code: SW1V 2SA

Job ID: 268287

Salary: Between £21,500 – £26,000  (FTE £30,550 – £37,000)

The role

Reporting to the Picture Editor, and joining a wider Art Department of 10 people, you’ll carry out image research, licensing and administrative duties within the team, connecting with others in the Art Department and Penguin Press teams. The role will include researching and exploring a wide range of picture sources to select images, clearing copyright and permissions, maintaining databases and writing captions. You’ll get to work across all the imprints within the Penguin Press division, including Penguin Classics, Pelican, Particular Books, Modern Classics and Allen Lane titles.

You don’t need to have any experience within book publishing, but you will have proven experience in picture research and an understanding of copyright law applied to licensing images. You’ll be knowledgeable about art, photographic history and contemporary practice and will have a strong interest in literature, history and current affairs to engage with the books you’ll be working on.

You’ll have good written and verbal communication skills, along with excellent attention to detail.

About Penguin Press

Press is one of Penguin Random House’s nine publishing houses, and comprises Allen Lane, Pelican, Particular Books and the world-famous Penguin Classics library.

Home to serious and groundbreaking non-fiction in hardback and paperback, plus the extended family of classic fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama, we have established a reputation for books that bring new ideas to readers and represent the best in editorial and design standards.

Our authors include Naomi Klein, Claudia Rankine, Bernie Sanders, Mariana Mazzucato, Carlo Rovelli and Fareed Zakaria. Recently published into Penguin Classics are works by Brigitte Reimann, Tove Ditlevsen and Yukio Mishima.  This role will be working on campaigns across the breadth of Penguin Press.

Application instructions

If this sounds like your ideal role, please apply with a CV and covering letter no later than 11:59pm on Sunday 10th March.

About Penguin:

We’re the UK’s largest publisher; made up of some 2,000 people and publishing over 1,500 books each year. Our doors are open to all kinds of talent. In a constantly evolving industry, we work hard to stretch the definition of the word publisher. Here, you’ll work with a breadth of talent who all play their part to make each of our books a success. Together, we make books for everyone because a book can change anyone.

Competitive benefits package: Our people are the heart of our business, and we work hard to support a culture of responsibility and recognition.

Our benefits include:

  • Financial – discounted shopping, season ticket loan, rental deposit loan
  • Wellbeing – healthcare cash plan, employee assistance, gym loan
  • Lifestyle – taste card, tech scheme, free and discounted books

For our full benefits list please visit: https://www.penguinrandomhousecareers.co.uk/what-we-offer/

Hybrid working: We’re experimenting with a hybrid way of working that suits the needs of each team. While our offices across the UK are places to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues, we recognise that flexibility around where you work is just as important. For this role we expect that you’ll work from the office at least two days a week at our office in Pimlico.

The recruitment process: You can read about our recruitment process at https://www.penguinrandomhousecareers.co.uk/how-we-hire/

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 encourage you to tell us about any reasonable adjustments you may need by emailing PRHCareersUK@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk. Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your request.

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