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Featured, Retained Head of Academic Publications – STM Society


£58,200 - £64,900 + benefits

Our client, a leading STM society is looking to recruit a Head of Academic Publications to lead the organisations publications and ensuring the activities are delivered in accordance with their strategic aims and objectives.

Industry  Academic Publishing


Duration  Full Time

Type  Permanent

Start Date  ASAP


Head of Academic Publications: Key responsibilities

  • Head of Academic Publications will lead the strategic development of the Journal and Book portfolio
  • Lead the publications staff team in the delivery of the strategic plan
  • Maintain a broad overview of key issues, debates and developments in journal and book publishing, particularly in relation to the developments in Open Access publishing, and advise on the impact of these on the organisations publications activities
  • Oversee the editorial and operational processes and systems of all publications ensuring the provision of an efficient and effective service with a focus on a high-quality service for editors and editorial boards, authors, and referees
  • Lead the preparation of publications budgets and financial forecasts
  • Lead the engagement and development of relationships with external publishing partners and service providers
  • Develop a marketing, promotions and communications plan for the publications portfolio
  • Line manage the Publishing Editor and the Publications Assistant
  • Be part of the Senior Leadership Team to support the overall development of the society’s activities.

Head of Academic Publications: Skills/experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Extensive experience of strategic planning and development in STEM publications
  • Strong Knowledge of the Open Access publishing landscape
  • Experience of external engagement in the development of new publishing opportunities
  • Experience of managing staff
  • Experience of financial and contract management and budget forecasting
  • Knowledge and understanding of the research publishing landscape, including funding and changes to public policy
  • Knowledge of the marketing and promotion of journals
  • A positive, ‘can do’, supportive, people-centred approach with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, able to deal with stakeholders at all levels is essential.

A competitive salary and strong benefits package is offered.

This is a retained recruitment assignment being handled by Telfer Partners.

How to apply

To apply, send CV to referencing TP 839 or call +44(0)1223632510 for a confidential discussion.

Early applications are preferred.

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