Product Manager, Nature Index - Nature Research

Product Manager, Nature Index - Nature Research

Springer Nature

London, United Kingdom; Sydney, Australia

Product Manager, Nature Index, Nature Research

Location: Sydney or London

Are you passionate about science metrics? Would you relish a key role in developing a new database created by the publisher of Nature that tracks output of high-quality research worldwide? Working with senior members of our global marketing, sales editorial and publishing teams, this role will report to the VP, Publishing, Nature Research Partnerships and is open to candidates based in Sydney or London.

Launched in 2014, the Nature Index database — made openly available online at — allows institutions to track and promote their best research, to explore patterns of collaboration and to benchmark their research performance against competitors.

The Product Manager will work with a cross-functional, global team to help shape and implement the strategy for the Nature Index. He/she will have an existing knowledge of research metrics and university rankings, and will work to gain a deeper understanding of research organisations’ evaluation needs. The Product Manager will work alongside those responsible for the ongoing release of data and will oversee its subsequent analysis, ensuring high levels of accuracy. He/she will apply experiences gained in digital product management to iterate and improve the Nature Index website and create additional value for users through integration of Nature Index with related Nature Research services.


Contribute to a customer-oriented Nature Index strategy and share it with internal stakeholders
Raise awareness of the Nature Index and its value amongst the global research community
Develop the Nature Index as a marketing platform for institutional partners
Help develop new products and new revenue streams derived from the Nature Index
Work with platform teams to develop a roadmap for improvements to the Nature Index website
Plan and achieve the integration of the Nature Index with related Nature Research products and services
Line manage a small team of data analysts
Produce tailored datasets from the Nature Index (and other data sources) to support data-driven journalism and the creation of reports for clients
Maintain accurate profit and loss statements for the Nature Index

The successful candidate will have:

An undergraduate degree in science
A deep understanding of research metrics
Significant experience managing digital, data products for the scientific community
Excellent data-analysis skills and fluency in data software
Commercial awareness
Line-management experience
The ability to adapt to change and to solve problems
Strong interpersonal, organisational and communication skills, and the ability to influence others
Experience working as part of a cross-functional, global team
A willingness to travel internationally to work with colleagues in the UK, Australia and Japan

PhD in a scientific field
Formal qualification in product/project management
Experience in data visualization and infographics an added plus

About Us
Springer Nature is a leading research, educational and professional publisher, providing quality content to our communities through a range of innovative platforms, products and services. Every day, around the globe, our imprints, books, journals and resources reach millions of people – helping researchers, students, teachers & professionals to discover, learn and achieve.

Nature Research Group is a portfolio of high-quality products and services across the life, physical, chemical and applied sciences – including journals, databases and researcher services – dedicated to serving the scientific community.

Launched in 2014, the Nature Index ( is an open tool that allows institutions to track and promote their best research, and to benchmark their research performance against competitors.

This is an exciting opportunity and we are keen to have someone on board as soon as possible. If you think you have the skills and motivation for success, please apply now via our corporate career website.

You will need to include your CV and a covering letter. Your cover letter must detail the following:
Your interest in the role
the skills and knowledge you can offer
your relevant work experience

Applications close at 11.55pm Sunday 25th November 2018

Please apply via recruiter’s website.