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Portfolio Development Specialist, Journals

Royal Society of Chemistry
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (GB)
£39,925 - £44,359 per annum plus benefits
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Accreditation Requirements
Not specified

Job Details

We are currently looking a Portfolio Development Specialist, Journals to join us on a permanent basis. This role will support the journal Publishers in the development and implementation of projects to increase article growth and retention to enable and sustain the RSC’s transition to 100% open access (OA). You will work across multiple teams within our journal department, collaborating with colleagues to support, coordinate and be responsible for specific operational programmes of work to maximise open access commissioning.

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we publish new research that is a catalyst for the chemistry that enriches our world. Collaboration is essential. We connect scientists with each other and society as a whole, so they can do their best work and make discoveries and innovation happen.

We develop, recognise and celebrate professional capabilities. We bring people together to spark new ideas and new partnerships. We support teachers to inspire future generations of scientists. And we speak up to influence the people making decisions that affect us all.

 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.

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

 Your responsibilities will focus on: 

  • Supporting the journal Publishers in the development, coordination and implementation of projects that underpin, advance and sustain portfolio transition to 100% OA
  • To monitor and support the reporting of commissioning and transfer activities against targets under the article growth and retention programme.
  • To work on, and sometimes lead, projects and activities that support and optimise effective commissioning to facilitate portfolio transition to 100% OA.
  • To coordinate with journal teams on commissioning and with the Transfers project team, focussing on strategic and tactical activities to increase article acquisition and retention towards a successful OA transition for the portfolio.
  • In consultation with the Publishers and Executive Editors, to work with the Marketing team to develop and implement author marketing activities that support OA transition through article growth and retention.
  • To collaborate with colleagues in the identification and development of new business opportunities and scientific areas related to open access commissioning and article retention
  • To prepare proposals and write reports, performing data analysis as required, to make recommendations and provide insights on article growth and retention opportunities towards 100% OA transition.
  • To ensure the alignment of our article commissioning and retention activities with RSC policy and best practice on equality, inclusion and diversity, in coordination with the Journal Manager, Peer Review and Ethics.

What we are looking for:

  • A degree in science (chemical science normally preferred) or relevant STM publishing experience
  • Extensive experience in commissioning and coordinating commissioning activities
  • Good knowledge and experience of peer review and the publishing processes
  • Strong analytical, organisational, communication and prioritisation skills
  • Experience of programme and project management, including experience working and coordinating across multiple projects and implementations at the same time
  • Demonstrates a sound understanding of our customers and their requirements

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.

If you are interested in this role, please apply before the end of the closing date. When applying, you will need to provide an up-to-date CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) indicating how your skills/expertise match the required skills and experience outlined above. We expect the interviews to take place the week of 8th April 2024.

A full job description is available here.


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
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