Job descriptionAbout Simon & Schuster UK Simon & Schuster UK is one of the leading general book publishing companies in the UK and was named Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2022 and 2023. They also won Children’s Publisher of the Year in 2023. Based in London with sister companies in the United States, Canada, Australia and India, the UK division has four imprints: Gallery, Scribner, Simon & Schuster; and Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, which publish a wide and eclectic mix of authors ranging across commercial fiction, literary fiction, general non-fiction, and children’s publications. Home to bestselling authors and award winners, Simon & Schuster UK is a publishing house of quality writing and a proud home to its authors and their exceptional work. It also runs a sales and distribution service for a number of independent and international publishers including Andrews McMeel, Black Library, Boom! Studios, Elliott & Thompson, Inner Traditions, Rebellion and VIZ Media. The Simon & Schuster UK list features some of the biggest authors from around the world, including Colleen Hoover, Philippa Gregory, Bob Mortimer, Simon Schama, John Irving, Dave Grohl, Kathy Reichs, Ruth Ware and Milly Johnson. Simon & Schuster International is dedicated to publishing a broad and diverse range of books for everyone, representative of the world around us. They are committed to working with and supporting writers, illustrators, and other creative partners from all walks of life, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, nationality, religion or belief, age, social or economic circumstance. The Role Reporting to the Heads of Marketing & Publicity, the Marketing and Publicity Assistant provides key administrative support to a busy and dynamic team and covers a range of duties including responding to media queries, organising press and influencer mailings, assisting with author tours, events and signings, collating and distributing media coverage, producing promotional material, digital marketing support across all channels including social media and newsletters. Administrative duties will include processing invoices, organising meetings, arranging travel and hotel bookings. The role will also give the successful candidate the opportunity to be closely involved with publicity and marketing campaigns. This exciting entry-level opportunity is a full-time and permanent position supporting the adult marketing and publicity teams. Please note that for this role, flexibility is needed outside of core work hours, as it may require the occasional evening and weekend work. Key Responsibilities Invoices and budget related tasks Newsletters and Netgalley approvals Scheduling social media posts Maintenance of Publicity Catalogue Managing deadlines and submissions for The Bookseller/Buyer’s Guide and BBC R2 Book Club entries General admin - Book orders, Meeting minutes, Meeting agendas, travel bookings Updating all databases – bloggers/ media/ podcasts etc Departmental admin Experience (essential) Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook is a must Experience (nice to have) Previous administrative experience Previous experience in book publishing A good understanding of Marketing or Publicity campaigns A good understanding of all social media platforms Working knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign is beneficial. Working at S&S Some of our benefits include: 25 days holiday + bank holidays Office closure between Christmas and New Year 8% Employer pension contribution Life Assurance One charity volunteer day for causes that you are passionate about If eligible, work from home Stipend Group Income Protection (Risk Benefit) Access to a Health Cash Plan Eyecare vouchers Employee Assistance Programme Free Pilates and Yoga sessions Fresh fruit delivered to the office every Wednesday Free Massage session each month Discounts and rewards with participating retailers via The Benefit Store Free eBooks and audiobooks Starting salary from £26,000 Location: Simon & Schuster UK 1st Floor | 222 Gray’s Inn Road | London | WC1X 8HB Apply Closing date: 11 August Please apply by attaching your CV and cover letter. We reserve the right to close applications early should we receive a suitable number of applications before this date. Therefore, if you are interested, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Successful applicants will be shortlisted for an initial screening. If your application is progressed, you will then be asked to attend formal competency-based interview. If you require any adjustments at interview, such as extra time or breaks etc, please let a member of the recruitment team know once they’ve been in touch. Simon & Schuster UK is an equal opportunities employer committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse workforce. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
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