Novel Audio - Development Trainee

Development Trainee

Novel the UK’s largest independent podcast production company, responsible for making award-winning audio in all genres, including The Bellingcat Podcast for Spotify, Sideways for BBC Radio 4 and Best Song Ever for BBC Sounds in the UK, as well as more than a dozen shows currently in production for major US broadcasters.

You will be a key member of the in-house Development Team based in London, helping develop programme ideas across all broadcasters and genres, reporting to the Head of Development.

You will be expected to provide key research support for the whole team; originating, developing and standing up ideas.


Novel Audio


Remote/London, W1CN 3QN


37.5 Hours per week


£10.85 (London Living Wage)

Number of Positions



10.00am Mon 11th Oct 21

At Novel Audio, we’ve been involved in (and obsessed with) the audiobook industry for over a decade. We found our sea legs working in audiobook retail, tech, and indie publishing, and we’ve used that industry insight and passion for the format to publish captivating audiobooks since 2012.

Our trophy cabinet includes a National Book Award winner, a 2016 Audie winner & 2017 nominee, an Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award winner, and a SOVAS winner. We’ve got New York Times bestsellers, celebrity narrations, and political statements galore. We focus on adult fiction and non-fiction from both frontlist and backlist with a specialization in all things nerdy. Statement-making, heartbreaking, educating–we’ve got it all.

We’ve got one of the widest distribution networks in the industry and are aggressively pursuing new partners in growing international markets like Scandinavia, India and Spain. You can find our titles on over 30 platforms, retailers and distributors worldwide.

Your role will involve:

  • To provide support to the team by undertaking broadly based independent research into any subject or issue relevant to programme ideas
  • To evaluate information and material and present it to the team in an appropriate form.
  • To assist the team in finding and casting contributors – this may require extensive phone bashing
  • This is a hands-on role where you will be expected to assist with recordings and edits, take part in brainstorms and help manage and update the development slate.
  • You should be plugged into the world of documentaries and podcasts

You must be aged 16-24 years old, and unemployed and claiming Universal Credit.

  • Interest in journalism, documentaries and audio (podcast/radio)
  • Great organisation
  • A skilled multitasker
  • Good communicator
  • Creative thinker
  • Keen problem solver
  • Attention to detail

This programme is being delivered as part of the government’s Kickstart Scheme.

To be eligible to apply you must be aged 18 – 24 and claiming universal credit.

  • If interested please talk and inquire about this specific role to your job coach before the 10:00 am 11th of Oct

Read more about the Kickstart scheme here.

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This role is offered as part of the government's Kickstart Scheme.

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