Job Title: Journal Development Editor
Fixed Term Contract
Location: Heidelberg, London, New York
SpringerNature is recruiting for a Journal Development Editor. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a dynamic and international team, with colleagues based in North America, Europe and Asia.
The Journal Development Editor role is ideally suited to a talented and proactive individual who is passionate about science, technology and publishing. Strategic thinking, excellent communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships are key to success in this exciting and varied position.
As the primary publishing contact for a portfolio of full open access and hybrid open access titles in the Mathematics, Physical and Applied Sciences portfolio, the Journal Development Editor will be responsible for growing and developing their journal cluster. This includes setting and implementing journal plans, supporting key stakeholders (Editors, authors, reviewers, and societies) as well as identifying and pursuing new relevant areas for growth.
Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with academic Editors, Editorial Boards, society executives and other key contacts in the field, with the aim of building and maintaining our journals’ reputations and increasing submissions; organize and host Editorial Board meetings
Build knowledge of the field and the relevant scientific communities to identify journal development opportunities and translate them into actions to maintain a competitive advantage. This will involve engaging with senior scientists and obtaining their advice.
Represent the company at local and international conferences to improve market knowledge, network within the community and to receive feedback and promote our journals
Produce and implement strategic development plans for the journals, in line with company strategy
Plan and drive the commissioning of content, including proactively suggesting topics
Ensure journals receive appropriate representation in indexing services, including selective services
Monitor submissions, publications and peer-review performance for the portfolio and assist colleagues in dealing with author queries or problem manuscripts
Ensure journals are promoted through all relevant avenues
Handle contract renewals and negotiations
Work with other team members to identify opportunities for acquiring journals
Other duties as required
Experience, skills and qualifications
Educated to degree level within a relevant scientific area
Knowledge of journal publishing processes and related matters, and understanding of and interest in open access publishing
Highly customer-focused, with excellent communication and influencing skills
Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues at all levels
Experience of developing and maintaining productive and friendly relations/partnerships with academic and industry-based researchers
Strong time management, prioritization and organizational skills; including proven ability to take ownership to drive and complete tasks, to consistently meet deadlines, and adapt quickly to change
Excellent critical appraisal, analytical and problem solving skills
Strong attention to detail/high accuracy, proven high level of computer literacy
Willing to travel and represent the company at internal and external events
Developed knowledge of the applied sciences or engineering field/s
Previous experience working in the publishing industry