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Deputy Editor, Journals

Royal Society of Chemistry
Cambridgeshire (GB)
£35,708 - £39,676
Closing date
30 Nov 2022

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Chemistry, Energy, Physical
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

About the RSC

The Royal Society of Chemistry is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to advance chemical sciences. As a not-for-profit publisher, we reinvest surplus funds back into the global scientific community, supporting our purpose to help the chemical science community make the world a better place.

The RSC strives to continuously innovate its product and services to adapt to market and customer needs, maintain relevancy and diversify revenues from print journals. This requires a market-led and ‘outside-in’ thinking approach to product and service innovation.


At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we promote a healthy work/life balance and flexible working options across the organisation. We offer a comprehensive benefits package to all employees including:

  • 26 days paid holiday per annum
  • 35-hour working week with flexible options
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • Paid volunteering days
  • Pension plan with up to 12% employer contributions (depending upon your contribution)
  • Life assurance at four times basic annual salary

The role

We currently have two fantastic opportunities to join us as a Deputy Editor on a full-time permanent basis. These vital roles will support the continuing development of the journals in either our Energy & Environmental Science or Chemical Science team, contributing to community engagement, commissioning and achieving our ambitious growth targets. We are looking for ambitious publishing professionals who want to develop their career with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Your key role will be to contribute to the growth, quality, and usage of the journals by assisting in the development and implementation of commissioning and product development plans and deputising for the Executive Editor.

Your responsibilities will focus on:

  • Assisting in the creation and implementation of product development plans to maintain or improve the revenue/quality/usage of the journal(s) and deliver journal KPIs through effective Editorial policy, commissioning and marketing plans.
  • Commissioning articles via desk based research and attendance at scientific conferences.
  • Contributing to the development of the Editorial and Advisory Boards such that they provide the maximum benefit to the journal(s) and have strong interactions with their communities.
  • Assisting the Executive Editor in the identification and recruitment of external Associate Editors.
  • Developing and maintaining good relationships with existing/potential authors and referees.
  • Monitoring the demands of market forces and advising the Executive Editor and Publisher of future trends, risks and opportunities.

We are looking for:

  • A good honours degree in science is essential
  • Previous experience in STM publishing with significant Journal development experience
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good organisational and time-management skills, together with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to prioritise and delegate work tasks. Previous experience of supervising team members is desirable and advantageous
  • Willingness to travel

The contractual base for this role is our Cambridge office, however we are currently embracing hybrid working, and therefore you will have the opportunity 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. 

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At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we will support you in your career and reward your contribution with an excellent pro rata benefits package. If you are interested, please apply before the end of our closing date.

If you have any questions, please contact us at


The Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, our activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public.


The RSC has a broad range of diverse career opportunities. Our teams are highly motivated and successful with our employees citing 'the people' as the best thing about working at the RSC. Working for the RSC provides a great opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments in science without working in a lab.

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Royal Society of Chemistry
01223 432441
Thomas Graham House
Science Park
Milton Road

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