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Editorial Production Manager, Open Access

Royal Society of Chemistry
£36,977 - £41,086 per annum plus benefits
Closing date
1 Dec 2021

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Contract Type
Full Time
Accreditation Requirements
Not specified

 As an Editorial Production Manager, leading a team of Assistant Editors, you will contribute to the strategic development of a portfolio of high quality journals, by managing the day-to-day operation of the peer review and publishing processes. You will ensure the journals in your team continue to meet their strategic objectives and deliver excellent customer service for our authors.

Your responsibilities will focus on:

  • Managing a team of Assistant Editors, Journals to deliver KPIs in line with the departmental and journal strategies, leading and motivating the team to deliver excellent customer service.
  • Managing the team’s workflow from manuscript submission to final publication and ensuring that best practice and a standardised workflow is followed.
  • Collaborating with Editorial Production Managers, Journals, Senior Editor, Chemical Science, and the Executive Editors, Supplier Relations Manager and Copy Editor Manager over the coordination of the departmental workflow.
  • Working closely with the Executive Editors, Open Access and the Deputy Editors, Journals to maximise the impact and quality of the journals and deliver KPIs in line with the journal and departmental strategies, and to ensure that submitted articles are reviewed to individual journal’s standards and quality based on the journal’s strategy.
  • Carrying out the assessment of articles submitted for publication to agreed standards, handling appeals and ethical cases that arise through the peer review process as required.
  • Overseeing the operation of external Associate Editors.
  • Carrying out the publication of RSC journals, including journal issue management, themed issues, and associated tasks to ensure the rapid publication of articles accepted for publication to agreed standards.
  • Managing ethical cases, working closely with the Publishing Manager, Quality & Ethics, Publishing Ethics Specialist and the Executive Editors, Open Access, and the Deputy Editors, Journals following COPE guidelines.

We are looking for

  • A good honours degree in science (chemical science normally preferred) is essential.
  • Experience of STM publishing is essential.
  • Ability to lead and manage a team. Previous experience of managing or supervising a team is desirable and advantageous.
  • Ability to train staff effectively on technical and non-technical matters.
  • Good organisational and time-management skills are required together with the ability to work under pressure, prioritise and to meet deadlines.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • A proactive approach to problem solving is required.
  • Good communication skills in interacting with internal and external contacts are essential.
  • Proven ability to work well as a team.
  • Ability to build positive and collaborative internal and external relationships with stakeholders.

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The contractual base for this role is Cambridge, however we are currently piloting hybrid working, and you may be able to work from a location other than this, as agreed with your line manager. Applicants should be aware that there is an expectation that employees will attend the offices as needed for their role, and that permanent working arrangements away from the office may not be agreed in the future.

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