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Director Acquisitions – Chemistry Journals

Location: UK/Europe
Salary: Excellent 

Our client, a leading scientific publisher, requires a new Director of Acquisitions Chemistry Journals to drive growth in a portfolio of high-quality chemistry journals.

Reporting to the recently appointed SVP of Chemistry, you will be responsible for developing and implementing the vision and business strategy for the journals business to increasing the quality of submissions and improving impact factors. You will implement the vision and business strategy for an Open Access journal portfolio in chemistry.

You will be required to understand and monitor the competitive landscape in chemistry publishing, including evaluation of acquisition opportunities. Analysing the chemistry market and identifying areas for growth

You will line management for the team of executive editors, whose main focus is to support editorial teams and boards in acquisitions across the globe.

You will also develop and expand a network in chemistry through contacts, attending conferences, social media presence, etc.; engaging and networking with researchers to encourage submissions. Development of journal editorial and advisory boards including acquisition and onboarding for new members.

You will have budgetary responsibility for acquisition revenue and travel costs; ensuring achievement of revenue and profit targets.

Skill & Experience: 

  • PhD or Masters degree in chemistry
  • Demonstrable network in chemistry strongly preferred
  • International business experience; business experience of China an advantage
  • Significant background in Open Access and Open Science; broad knowledge and awareness of research and funding trends in chemical sciences and STM journals publishing
  • Very good knowledge of all aspects of editorial policy, procedures, and practice
  • Line management experience
  • Strategic thinking and analytical skills, entrepreneurial mindset
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strongly collaborative team worker, comfortable with co-ownership of shared goals and with a high level of personal accountability
  • Able to undertake national and international travel for conference attendance, site visits and meetings (20-25% travel)
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