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Head of Collections Management & Acquisition

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Location: The Netherlands / Hybrid
Salary: On Application

Our client, a global STM Publisher, requires a new Head of Collections Management and Acquisition who will lead a team (10 to 12 people) to acquire high-value content, in close collaboration with the applicable Journals teams. The team will build global subject-based collections within specific disciplines, particularly in our fully Open Access portfolio, and grow submissions and published articles via targeted outreach to help deliver sustainable content growth in alignment with journal development priorities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead a Commissioning and Project Management team
  • Recruit highly qualified and motivated people into Team Lead Commissioning Editor and Managing Editor roles
  • Ensure that the team is onboarded and trained to a high standard
  • Energise team members to meet clear objectives and expectations for delivery
  • Instil a performance-focused culture that supports reliable delivery of targets
  • Report on progress towards targets and goals
  • Engage regularly with your team members via the formal performance review processes that focus both on targets, achievements and personal development
  • Creating a positive environment that drives high engagement levels within the team
  • Align with the journal owners on content development planning and agree projects to bring forward
  • Recruit and manage Guest Editors Recruit and train Guest Editors to ensure appropriate content handling
  • Develop strong relationships with Guest Editors¬†
  • Work with the Analytics Centre of Excellence to optimise the performance and usage of machine learning technology aimed at identifying and inviting the best potential authors on your journal portfolio¬†
  • Work with key internal stakeholders to ensure the goals of the Collections Management and Acquisition team are achieved and the needs of our research communities are met

Skills & Experience:

  • Professional line management skills
  • Experience of working with editorial and publishing teams
  • Proven ability to train and develop staff members within their roles and within the organization
  • Motivated and capable of planning, leading and delivering results
  • Ability to manage multiple stakeholders for programme delivery
  • Track record of working with different nationalities and cultures
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to build both internal and external relationships
  • The flexibility to work with a varied workload, often under pressure
  • Flexibility to travel when needed
  • Knowledge and experience of the world of science
  • Experience of the organizational complexities in a matrix organization
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