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Editorial Production Manager, Journals

Royal Society of Chemistry
£41,341 - £45,934 per annum plus benefits
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Accreditation Requirements
Not specified

At the RSC we embrace flexibility and offer hybrid working, which means our teams come together when they need to collaborate.


Although this role is contractually based at our Cambridge office, you will be able to work from home within the UK, with the expectation that you will attend the office as needed for your role.


This is a great opportunity to join our publishing management team overseeing the operational activities of our Open Access journals.


As an Editorial Production Manager, leading a team of Assistant Editors, you will contribute to the strategic development of our hybrid 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.


In this role it is expected that you will attend the office on an ad-hoc basis. If you need flexible working arrangements, please outline this in your application.


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 Editing Manager over the coordination of the departmental workflow.
  • Working closely with the Executive Editor, 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.
  • 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 Editor, Journals, following COPE guidelines.

We are looking for

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

At the RSC, we recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce and welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply. We particularly encourage applications from disabled and ethnic minority candidates. 


As a part of the Disability Confident Scheme, we endeavour, where possible, to offer an interview to candidates meeting the essential criteria of the role, who has a substantial physical/mental impairment which impacts their ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.


We are committed to making our recruitment processes accessible to all and as part of this, we are flexible in the ways we give and receive information. If you would like to apply using a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or on +44 (0) 1223 432229 and we will do our best to put any reasonable adjustments in place.


The Royal Society of Chemistry offers excellent benefits


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