Publishing Editor – Life Sciences

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Our client, a leading STM Publisher, requires a new Publishing Editor with a background in life sciences to form part of a new team in London.

If successful, you would be responsible for the success of a defined set of journals within life sciences. The primary goal of this role will be to develop a close working relationship with members of the academic editorial boards to further develop the journals within the portfolio. 

Key Responsibilities:
Portfolio Management:

  • Be the key point of contact for your Academic Editors and build a close working relationship with them
  • Prioritise journals for development and create as well as implement a strategy plan
  • Ensure journals are represented in relevant indexing services and prepare journals for acceptance by additional services
  • Develop knowledge of the research areas of your portfolio and use this knowledge to actively identify journal development opportunities
  • Work alongside your Academic Editors to increase journal visibility, submissions, and reputation within the field
  • Increase visibility and citations through commissioning and appropriate marketing

Special Issue Development: 

  • With the assistance of the Editorial Board, assess special issue proposals submitted to the journals within your portfolio
  • Give guidance to the lead guest editors to refine their call for papers
  • Support the lead guest editors in promoting their call for papers to prospective authors
  • Compile reports on the status of the special issues within your portfolio
  • Explore and implement methods to promote special issues once they are published

Skills & Experience:

  • A minimum of 1-2 years’ experience in the publishing industry
  • Degree in a relevant scientific discipline, ideally life sciences 
  • Knowledge of peer review and the publishing process
  • An interest in Open Access publishing
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong organisational skills, with attention to detail
  • A positive and proactive approach to problem-solving in daily tasks
  • Able to work cooperatively with colleagues at all levels
  • A high level of computer literacy
  • Experience of working in a start¬up and/or tech environment desirable

Business Development Manager (Books)

Our client, a global books business, requires a new Business Development Manager covering Europe, based in London.

You will drive the strategies for growth and customer acquisition, customer retention, content acquisition and revenue in the UK and EU.

Key Repsponsibitlies:

  • Identifies and nurtures business opportunities in existing and new markets in the UK & EU that support growth targets.
  • Works with the leadership team to define the strategy for new business efforts and that will drive customer, content and revenue growth.
  • Uses sales and other data to formulate a thorough understanding of the business, revenue drivers and opportunities.
  • Develops marketing strategies and campaigns to target and retain clients and organizations serving authors in the UK and EU
  • Develops the competitive landscape of providers serving the independent author and publisher segments in ROW 
  • Works with management and team leaders to prepare and deliver complex presentations, proposals, quotes and contracts. Negotiates contract terms with prospective clients.
  • Coordinates closely with Marketing, directing the development of materials needed to support sales activities, training activities, trade show participation and other events that drive revenue. Responsible for creating UK and EU specific customer messages related to price increases or changes to terms of service.
  • Works with management, IT, and product leadership to develop and deliver solution-based proposals, new features.
  • Acts as an account manager for critical new lines of business, maintaining general oversight of projects, including schedule, budget, and creative parameters.
  • Works with Developers and Designers to ensure their efforts align with strategic and revenue goals.
  • Performs annual evaluations of business development efforts.

Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5 years experience in Books publishing, with emphasis on technology for content delivery
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services to include marketing strategy and tactics, sales techniques, and business analysis.
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilize traditional and digital marketing skills, and measuring ROI on marketing campaigns.
  • Financial analysis skills
  • Ability to develop viable budgets for projects
  • Problems solving skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and project milestones
  • Personal computing skills to include Macintosh and PC platforms
  • Knowledge of branding and marketing principles
  • Ability to be flexible/multi-task based on workflow demands.
  • Ability to exercise effective judgment, sensitivity, creativity to changing needs and situations.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain full time work schedule during normal company 

Development Editor (Books)

Our client, a leading Academic publisher requires a new Development Editor who will maximise the quality and sales potential of a list of key textbooks.

The Development Editor co-ordinates the writing, shaping and delivery of a set of textbooks and the digital resources that usually accompany them. The role involves working closely with internal colleagues to define clear development plans and with external authors and editors to make sure the content they produce is high quality, meets market needs and is delivered to deadlines and within budget.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the Commissioning Editor to create development objectives and plans to ensure the textbook and any digital ancillaries meet market needs and beat competitors.
  • Communicates regularly with authors to share plans, agree schedules, check writing progress, provide feedback and to generally enthuse and steer them to deliver their manuscripts according to plan, contract word limits and deadlines.
  • Carries out market research with lecturers and students to understand their needs, get feedback on draft material, generate comments for use in marketing and create awareness of the book in the market before publication.
  • Feeds into Marketing and Sales activities by providing clear blurb copy, USPs, features, needs and benefits and by differentiating each book from other titles (our own and competitors’).
  • Works with the Digital Content Manager, Production Editor and Designer to ensure that the book is designed and produced to be attractive and accessible to readers and that print and digital pedagogy are well-integrated.
  • Supports the growth of development know-how within the wider editorial team by providing ad hoc advice to Editors and Assistants, sharing examples and running occasional training sessions.

Skills & Experience

  • A confident and influential communicator both in person and in writing
  • Well-organised with demonstrable experience of keeping complex projects on track
  • A problem-solver, who is able to identify challenges on the horizon and come up with innovative solutions.
  • A natural collaborator who actively seeks input from colleagues and shares information
  • Good understanding of the textbook publishing process
  • Experience of working in academic publishing is desirable.

VP of Sales – Healthcare Information

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Our client, a leading information provider, requires a new VP of Sales – Healthcare. You will manage a team of 4 country heads, each with a team of reps and set the strategy and country business plans for Europe.

This is a senior-level role for an industry leader. You must have at least 10-15 years' strategic sales experience within healthcare/clinical information sector, P&L management, gravitas and be a true leader. 

Please contact the office to discuss the role. 

Head of Content Development

Our client, a leading professional publisher based in London, requires a new Head of Content Development.

You will focus on driving delivery excellence across the Content Development team and tracked adherence to the editorial guidelines. This will be achieved by ensuring project management best practice, drafting and editorial expertise, strong stakeholder management and collaboration are core competencies of the team to successfully support the consensus-based standardisation development processes

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage a successful editorial project management and programme management centre of excellence
  • Create a high performing, empowered, lean culture within the Content Development team.
  • Build a team environment which encourages open feedback during the project / programme delivery process and drives informative and right-focused communication to internal and external stakeholders throughout.
  • End responsible for the high quality and timely delivery of the programmes and projects managed by the team. Working with the Content Development Delivery Managers, provide operational guidance and support, with a focused and structured approach to embedding the editorial governance policies and the standardisation process throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Partnering with the Services commercial team, report monthly the project revenue milestones achieved in-month and forecast the adherence to the planned project timeline and budget in a timely manner.
  • Build a scalable resource model that accommodates the peak and trough of the project-based workload, collaborate with the Content Delivery team to utilise copy editing and XML skills to build a robust response when required. Encourage flexibility to pilot and deliver more innovative standardisation outputs through the funded programmes.
  • Develop an induction process for new starters that allows them to get up-to-speed rapidly
  • Work collaboratively across the Content Solutions dept to identify efficiency and automation opportunities within workflows. Leverage the digital publishing capabilities of the Content Model XML-publishing platform to structure the standards documents to support the drafting process.
  • Create KPIs that drive successful project and programme delivery, represent data in a meaningful way and communicate to all stakeholders and to the Services Delivery Steering Group.
  • P/L responsibility for cost centre and manage optimally to achieve team objectives

Skills & Experience:

  • Solid experience of running an editorial function in a digital publishing environment
  • Familiar with online content tools
  • Experienced in programme or project management delivery
  • Experienced leading and managing a mid-sized team (20 people) Experienced managing and embedding change within teams
  • Has been responsible for team P/L
  • Has been responsible for delivering financial reporting around project budget and forecasting timelines and project spend
  • Has experience of operating with matrix reporting structures
  • Experienced mentor and/or coach