Creative Access Sales Trainee

Sales Trainee


UK Sales, Scotland


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 experience at the heart of the industry.

Pan Macmillan UK is one of the largest general book publishers in the UK, with imprints including Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Bluebird, Bello, Macmillan Children's Books and Macmillan Digital Audio. Pan Macmillan is part of the worldwide Macmillan Publishing Group. We have recently been awarded Publisher of the Year for the second time in three years.

The purpose of the Sales 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 Sales Trainee will include:

  • Scottish Sales & Events Representative
  • Independent Bookshop & 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 adult 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 and 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 is a Creative Access traineeship and is only open to candidates from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background. All applications must be made directly to Creative Access. 

The deadline for applications is 10th January 2018