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Production Assistant, Random House Children's Books

Penguin Random House, New York, NY

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Duration: Full-Time


Production Assistant, Random House Children’s Books
What was your favorite book when you were a kid? Did you love The Phantom Tollbooth? Or the Magic Tree House series? Do you remember reading a children's book that changed your life? If you want to be part of a team dedicated to the creation of new books for middle-grade and young adult readers, then this role is for you.
Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House, seeks a hands-on and detail-oriented Production Assistant who will be an essential member of Random House Children’s 1-color production team, supporting the Production Manager and will be assisting and managing daily administrative and production tasks.
As the Production Assistant, you will be part of a fast-paced and collaborative group. You'll work closely with many colleagues in other departments within the division, especially Editorial, Managing Editorial, and Art/Design. The role is ideal for someone who is highly organized, can handle multiple tasks at one time in a deadline-driven environment, and is interested in learning about the phases of paperback and hardcover book production, from inception to bound book.
Please apply using our ATS system and include your cover letter and resume for consideration.
The Role:
* Review files to ensure they meet desired format and printer specifications
* Work closely with internal departments (managing editorial, editorial, and design) and outside vendors
* Maintain and continually monitor production schedules using FileMaker Pro software
* Review proofs and finished samples for color and overall quality
* Input book specifications and issue purchase orders using SAP software
* Compare pricing across vendors and provide estimates
* Attend and participate in weekly title status meetings
* Archive files upon final approval and project completion

The Essentials:
* A curious and focused mindset and dexterity in working with data management, communication, and Production/Design software tools: Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
* Familiarity with InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop, SAP, and FileMaker Pro, a plus

* Creative individual, eager to share ideas and actively participate in group brainstorms
* Self-motivated, able to prioritize, and can work independently as well as in a team
* Ability to multi-task and will thrive in a fast-paced environment
* Candidate must be proactive and exceptionally organized
* Strong communication & writing skills are essential
* Deadline-oriented when navigating multi projects with ease and confidence
* Exceptional attention to detail, the ability to prioritize, and strong follow-up skills
* A team player with the ability to build internal & external relationships 
* Takes initiative once comfortable in the role with a strong history of problem-solving creatively
The entry-level salary for this position is $45,000.

About Penguin Random House

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