Work in Publishing Week: Distribution

Posted 24.11.19 by Ellie Harlow

Curious about publishing, but want to find out what it’s really like? Who better to share with you what a career is like at Penguin Random House than the people doing these jobs?

During Work in Publishing Week, our colleagues from Marketing, Design, Technology, Production, Publicity, Editorial, Sales and Distribution will share their insights. We’ll also be giving tips from our Resourcing team about how to make your application stand out.

Yesterday we spoke to Maddy about Sales and Today we’re talking to Lisa Branston about Distribution. Lisa is a Warehouse Operative.


Hi Lisa, could you tell us one thing that would surprise people about your job?


Lots of women are now being trained as forklift drivers, and I love my job! We have a warm warehouse and a great restaurant on site. We get to do a lot for charity – like going into schools to read to children to get them interested in books.

We’ve even had some of our incredible authors come and visit the warehouse and do book signings.


What skills do you need to work in Distribution?


Of course, you need a great work ethic, and a helpful, friendly positive attitude. You should be open to be trained in new areas.

There’s a lot of teamwork so good communication, patience with newly trained staff and a willingness to help others are good skills for distribution.

As a forklift truck driver, you also need to be comfortable with physical exertion in your day-to-day job.



Top tips for applying for a job in Distribution from our Resourcing team:


Our warehouses are busy; we ship over 180 million titles every year, and if you’ve ever delivered a project to meet targets, highlight this in your application to help it stand out.

If you’d like to get into Distribution, we’ll be looking for examples showing that you’re logical. You could tell us about a time you’ve worked through a problem or obstacle successfully in your cover letter to display these skills.

In Distribution, you’d be working with a large team, and see lots of new faces every day. If you’re great at working with others, and communicating with all sorts of people, at various levels, be sure to let us know.


Hear more about what the day to day involves from Toby Lousada, Distribution Operations Director:



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