3x Executive Editor, Journals

Our client, a leading society publisher, requires 3x Executive Editors to lead, set and implement the editorial strategy for a portfolio of journals.

The Executive Editor positions have a key strategic role within the department and is responsible for leading, setting and implementing the strategy for a portfolio and the individual journal strategies within it. The successful candidates will have a high level of external contact with the relevant research communities and will use this market information to develop strategic priorities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Setting, developing and implementing the portfolio and individual journal strategies and delivering KPIs in terms of usage, market share, quality, reputation and customer service.
  • Developing the best authorship and readership for the journals, through networking, personal contact, commissioning, attendance at conferences, site visits and roadshows etc.
  • Managing, leading and motivating a team of up to 5 direct reports, and a number of remunerated external Associate Editors and wider base of Associate Editors.

Skills & Experience:

  • Significant experience in STM journal publishing, including commissioning; an excellent understanding of the peer review process, editorial policy and marketing.
  • A good honours degree in science (chemical sciences normally preferred). Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Proven ability to lead and motivate a team.
  • Good organisational and time-management skills are required together with the ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to travel extensively nationally and internationally.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of and passion for the chemical sciences.