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Sales Trainee

Are you passionate about books and hoping for an insight into one of the UK’s top publishers? This opportunity with Pan Macmillan, in Scotland, will provide an excellent chance to gain valuable practice at the heart of the industry.

Macmillan was founded in 1843 by Daniel and Alexander Macmillan, two brothers from the Scottish Isle of Arran. Pan Macmillan UK is now one of the largest general book publishers in the UK, with imprints including Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Boxtree, Sidgwick & Jackson, Bello, Tor, Kingfisher, Macmillan Children’s Books, Two Hoots, Bluebird, Campbell Books, Macmillan New Writing and Macmillan Digital Audio. Pan Macmillan is part of Macmillan Publishers International Limited.

The purpose of the Publishing Trainee is to support Scottish sales and events activity. The successful candidate will be bright, enthusiastic and familiar with the Scottish and UK book market – including Pan Macmillan as well as major and independent retailers.

Key relationships for the Publishing Trainee will include:

  • Scottish Sales and Events Representative
  • Independent Bookshop and Wholesaler Manager
  • UK sales & trade marketing team
  • Waterstones store managers
  • Independent Bookshops
  • Libraries
  • Marketing & publicity teams – adult & kids
  • Authors
  • Editorial
  • Social media/web team
  • Operations & distribution


  • Coordination of marketing and events materials for Waterstones and independent bookshops
  • Develop and roll out material for non-authored events across Pan Macmillan’s adults and children’s lists for Waterstones and independent bookshops
  • Coordinate programme of non-authored children’s events in Waterstones focus shops
  • Support libraries in running Hurricane Book Club season 3
  • Coordinate and develop social media content for Hurricane Book Club in line with company social media guidelines
  • Update Hurricane Book Club website with new resources suitable for book groups in bookshops and libraries across Scotland


  • Passion for books
  • Familiar with Scottish and UK book market – including major and independent retailers and Pan Macmillan
  • Customer-focused approach
  • Excellent administration, communication, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and use own initiative
  • Flexibility, adaptability and the ability to react quickly as required
  • General computer and technical capability (MS Office is essential)
  • Personal effectiveness and professionalism
  • Customer focus (internal and external customers)
  • Relationship building/ teamwork (incorporating communication, influencing & collaboration)
  • Excellent problem solving skills

Please note that this role is home-based. Candidates should ideally be based in Glasgow, or within easy reach.

The role will also include travel across Scotland, and occasionally to London, and will include some weekend and evening work.


  • This traineeship is only open to candidates from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background
  • Please upload your CV and cover letter as one document
  • Please do not contact companies directly