Usage & Discovery Manager

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Our client, a global society publisher, requires a new Usage & Discovery Manager who will ensure that the society's content, services and integrations work together to maximise usage.

This is a creative data role that requires you to analyse data and create new initiatives, generate ideas and solutions and communicate this effectively across the business.

You will maintain a detailed understanding of the global discovery and usage of all journals, books, conference series and magazine content hosted on their platform. You will apply this knowledge along with platform analytics to lead on cross-departmental activities that maximise the usage of content.

You will also lead on the strategic development of discovery initiatives for commercial content and on search engine optimisation (SEO). You will be the most authoritative source of knowledge on usage within the business and use this knowledge to support Publishing and Sales Teams in communicating effectively with customers about usage.

Skills & Experience:

  • Ideally educated to degree level or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience of analysing complex data is essential.
  • Web analytics and SEO experience needed.
  • Experience of STM publishing preferable.
  • Experience of librarianship and working with COUNTER data desirable.
  • Strong investigative and problem-solving skills using data.
  • Extensive experience of data analysis.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills.

Head of Transformation, Product Innovation

Our client, a global academic publisher, requires a new Head of Transformation, Product Innovation to oversee the company's "Tech Lab" a division that is responsible for exploring new ways to use technology and tech methodologies to create product opportunities, gain business insight and drive efficiencies across the business in a nimble way.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Run the Tech Lab to give a forward facing capability to explore and introduce new technologies to support new product innovation, workplace automation and improve tech fluency in Editorial & PI
  • Champion the roll out of Lean across UK Editorial, supporting the training, embedding and process mapping work to surface opportunities for workplace automation. Support editorial teams with workplace automation through light-weight applications that improve flow and automate work, with a view to pass over applications that need to scale and require long term support to IT.
  • Working with the journals business and your data scientist, deliver projects that use data to extract meaning and turn that information into knowledge. The purpose is to analyse trends, correlations and anamolies across the data in order to support key business decscions around the journal and product portfolios, and to identify opportunities where machine learning and data science techniques can add value to the business.
  • Chart and explore emerging technologies and industry start-up landscape that might impact and offer opportunities.

Skill & Experience:

  • At least five years experience of leading product or software engineering teams
  • A deep understanding of web platforms, from databases to the front end
  • A good understanding of best practice in software and product development principles
  • Proven ability to quickly understand new technologies
  • An ability to create, or direct the creation of, proof of concept technical prototypes
  • Hiring experience
  • Experience working in academic publishing
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment, building strong relationships and motivating and inspiring a team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills – influencing by persuasion and influence rather than authority
  • Commercial business sense
  • Accountability and integrity
  • Pro-active problem solving through insight and judgement
  • Ability to prioritise and focus to drive successful delivery
  • Technical fluency and experience of user-centered design practice
  • Excellent time management and efficient execution of tasks