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Ebook Application Developer / Senior Developer

Penguin Random House

New York, NY 03-15-2024
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
Ebook Application Developer / Senior Developer (Open to Remote)

We are seeking a detail-oriented Developer / Senior Developer to work with our PRH Digital Product Development and Operation technical team to help in the creation and maintenance of tools and processes used to create ebooks. This candidate will be responsible for requirements gathering, tool development, support and process improvement for our ebook production and other projects. Our group is responsible for all of the ebooks that PRH publishes in the US and ensuring that our ebooks are rendering well in market and with the best experience we can provide for our authors. This is a great opportunity to engage in building the future of digital reading and help contribute with our team oriented approach to managing our ebook application development. These tools allow us to ensure that our ebooks are rendered well across the widest range of reading systems in the rapidly changing digital environments where that content would be consumed.

This role will develop applications that aid our production teams in the creation, validation and quality assurance of individual ebooks. They will create software tools with an eye towards streamlining processes, removing redundancies, and automating as much as possible in the production process and our work to update our catalog. This role will work closely with the VP, Ebook Technologies, the SVP, and all areas of Digital Product Development and Operations, especially the Digital Product Development and Operations technical team and the Ebook production teams. This position may represent Penguin Random House in various industry communities as we work to help build standards and improve the digital reading experience. They will test and implement best practices and share ideas as technology improvements are made across our production tools and digital products. We are looking for a detail-oriented, meticulous self-starter who is accountable, passionate, assertive, proactive, adaptable, and results oriented.

Please apply by the due date of March 29, 2024, and include your and resume and salary requiremments.

Responsibilities:
• Create and maintain tools to help automate ebook conversion process
• Provides support to conversion teams when technical issues arise
• Works with both internal and external stakeholders to set up processes, specifications, and workflows
• Help to rectify customer support issues with rendering of our products in market
• Supports the launch of new formats and format updates as needed
• May attend industry conferences and committees

Requirements - Senior Developer:
• Minimum 5 years of experience in ebook production and/or interior book design, including ebook conversions from some or all: XML, PDF, Word, InDesign, and Quark
• 3-5 years of experience with scripting languages such as Python, AppleScript, PERL, GREP, ExtendScript, and JavaScript
• Advanced proficiency in Adobe InDesign
• Advanced knowledge of the developing specifications for EPUB3, HTML5, and CSS3
• Advanced knowledge of book interior layout and design
• Advanced knowledge of HTML, XHTML, and CSS
• Advanced knowledge of EPUB
• Operating proficiency in Microsoft Word
• Operating proficiency in Adobe Illustrator
• Operating proficiency in Adobe Photoshop
• Knowledge of eBook reading systems including Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Kobo, Libby, and Nook
• Knowledge of Apple application development using Xcode
• Knowledge of Git
• Knowledge of Jira
• Operating proficiency with Mac and PC platforms
• Knowledge of WCAG accessibility a plus
• Excellent attention to detail
• Proven ability to work independently in a high paced, rapidly evolving environment
• Strong organizational skills
• Strong communication skills and the ability to explain technical issues to a non-technical audience

Preferred Qualifications:
• Advanced knowledge of Python preferred
• Knowledge of Microsoft Excel preferred
• Knowledge of FileMaker Pro, SQL, ODBC preferred
• Adobe Certified Expert Certification preferred

Requirements - Developer:
• 2-3 years of experience with scripting languages such as Python, AppleScript, PERL, GREP, ExtendScript, and JavaScript
• Advanced knowledge of HTML, XHTML, and CSS
• Operating proficiency in Microsoft Word
• Operating proficiency in Adobe Illustrator
• Operating proficiency in Adobe Photoshop
• Knowledge of Adobe InDesign
• Knowledge of ebook reading systems including Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Kobo, Libby, and Nook
• Knowledge of Apple application development using Xcode
• Knowledge of Git
• Knowledge of Jira
• Operating proficiency with Mac and PC platforms
• Excellent attention to detail
• Proven ability to work independently in a high paced, rapidly evolving environment.
• Strong organizational skills
• Strong communication skills and the ability to explain technical issues to a non-technical audience

Preferred Qualifications:
• Advanced knowledge of Python preferred
• Adobe Certified Expert Certification preferred

For any questions you may have, please refer to our FAQ page here.

The salary range for the developer-level is $80,000-$94,000. The salary range for the senior developer-level is $95,000-$120,000. All positions are currently eligible for annual profit award or bonus, subject to Company results.

Penguin Random House job postings include a good faith compensation range for each open position. The salary range listed is specific to each particular open position and takes into account various factors including the specifics of the individual role, and candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program. Our range of benefits include, but are not limited to, Medical/Prescription drug insurance, Dental, Vision, Health Care/Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Pre-Tax and Roth 401(k), Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life/AD&D Insurance, Commuter Benefits, Student Loan Repayment Program, Educational Assistance & generous paid time off.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-rv69o7-3-227-240-72-42 in your application.

Salary Details
Salary Range: $80,000 to $94,000 Per Year ($ USD)
Company Profile
Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world. In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution.