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Senior Category Manager

Penguin Ventures
Penguin Ventures
c £50,000 per annum
Permanent, Full Time
London, UK

We’re off the page and on an adventure.

Penguin Ventures is the licensing and consumer products division of Penguin Random House. We manage and exploit our portfolio of iconic literary brands and characters: Peter Rabbit, The Snowman, Spot, Flower Fairies and more, across product, experience and digital. We find new ways to tell the world’s favourite stories by creating strategic partnerships in licensing, retail, promotions, experiential, theatrical, exhibitions; in location-based experiences; and across the digital landscape.

We are looking for a Senior Category Manager to join the team and develop the category strategy for the UK softlines business, manage the licensee portfolio and seek out and secure new business to grow the category and deliver revenue.

You’ll be responsible for identifying and negotiating new licensing opportunities for key softlines categories including apparel, home furnishings, accessories and nursery for all of our properties within the UK. You’ll close new deals as well as renewing existing licensees, contracting and tracking deals through the lifecycle. While your focus will be the UK market, you will also be expected to think globally identifying opportunities for multi-territory deals.

To succeed in this role you’ll bring experience within UK Softlines and the UK licensing industry, along with knowledge of UK retail trends and commercial, entrepreneurial thinking. You’ll be managing and developing a Licensing Executive, so will need to have some experience of line management in a previous role and be able to motivate and bring together colleagues from different parts of the business. You’ll be able to create and deliver impactful presentations to secure new business and will have a good eye for detail in respect of contracts and financial data.

If this role sounds like you, please FOLLOW THIS LINK and apply with your CV and cover letter by the end of the day on Sunday 15th May.  First round interviews are expected to be held during w/c 16th May.


What you can expect from us:

Salary: c.£50,000 depending on how your skills and experience align to 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
  • Access to books and eBooks across Penguin Random House UK
  • Summer working hours (role dependent)
  • Volunteering policy and charity matching
  • Employee Assistance programme
  • Mentoring programme
  • Extended gender neutral parental leave
  • 60% Discount on Company books
  • 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: