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Date:  23-Nov-2022

Heidelberg, DE Wiesbaden, DE Berlin, DE

Company:  Springer Nature Group

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Team Manager, Books Editorial Projects Management, S&T

Application Deadline: November 21st, 2022


Business area and mission


The Springer Nature Books group is the world’s largest and leading academic book publisher and trusted thought leader, aiming to support researchers in communicating and advancing discovery for a better world. Objective of the Books group is to outperform the market trend by providing high quality products & services to our customers, a unified best-in-class author experience while operating on the highest level of efficiency as an organization in order to create a sustainable and successful future for Books.  


The Books Editorial Projects Management group provides a core service during the publication process to our authors and editors and a best-in-class author experience. The group is structured into 3 main global disciplinary groups (Humanities & Social Sciences, Sciences & Technology and Medicine & Life Sciences) and 3 local disciplinary groups for GLS following the same structure.


Responsibilities & core tasks


  1. Leads, manages and motivates the team members in their team.
  2. Work with the other Team Managers (Discipline) to ensure all book projects are adequately resourced by the Editorial Services team to ensure delivery to agreed deadlines.
  3. Work with the other Team Managers (Discipline) to develop and identify knowledge gaps towards training and development.
  4. Participating in regular editorial service team meetings.
  5. Implementing targets and suitable KPIs to measure the performance & efficiency from an End-to-End perspective of their respective teams.
  6. Provide the Head, Projects Management with project management reports and identifying project successes, delays and risks.
  7. Co-develop and apply guiding principles & procedures within the group in order to set up a highly performing environment and best way of working suitable for the respective discipline portfolio, together with the Head, Projects Management.
  8. Implementing targets and suitable KPIs in close collaboration with Editorial, Production and vendors, and within the Books Editorial Projects Management, to support authors and editors in order to deliver against our publishing targets in time, volume and quality including closely monitoring HoMSR and HoTP for their discipline. 
  9. Representing the discipline team, participates in and supports several workflow transformation, standardization & improvement programmes by providing input and managing implementation within the team while developing clear guidelines re. workflows (TPR, Contracting, Plagiarism), product-related needs (OA, MyBookSubmission, Textbook), etc.
  10. Coordinates and supports editorial and authors re. conceptual planning of its own list of titles and provides guidelines re. manuscript preparations, relevant policies, formal or technical requirements etc.


Experience, skills and qualifications


  • A thorough understanding of our Books publication process and workflows that underpin the acquisition-to-publication journey for Books and an advanced knowledge of relevant internal systems and interfaces
  • A deep knowledge of our Books portfolio, our Publishing process and roadmap,
  • Excellent Communication skills and motivational capabilities in order to engage staff and teams to take them on the journey and to develop their skills
  • Significant Project Management experience and proven success in managing a larger portfolio of titles including a variety of associated tasks across multiple interfaces.
  • A collaborative, team-oriented mindset and approach - demonstrated by previous involvement and assignments and the ability to work successfully in a complex matrix environment
  • Proactive, solution-driven with hands-on mentality and strong sense for prioritization and continuous improvement
  • Language proficiency: Fluent written and oral communication in English is mandatory




  • Leading and supervising: Provides others with a clear direction; motivates and empowers others; recruits staff of a high calibre; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching; sets appropriate standards of behavior.
  • Working with people: Shows respect for the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy; listens, supports and cares for others; consults others and shares information and expertise with them; builds team spirit and reconciles conflict; adapts to the team and fits in well.
  • Adhering to principles and values: Upholds ethics and values; demonstrates integrity; promotes and defends equal opportunities, builds diverse teams; encourages organisational and individual responsibility towards the community and the environment.
  • Planning and organizing: Sets clearly defined objectives, plans activities and projects well in advance, and takes account of possible changing circumstances; identifies and organizes resources needed to accomplish tasks; manages time effectively; monitors performance against deadlines and milestones.
  • Delivering results and meeting customer expectations: Focuses on customer needs and satisfaction; sets high standards for quality and quantity; monitors and maintains quality and productivity; works in a systematic, methodical and orderly way; consistently achieves project goals.
  • Adapting and responding to change: Adapts to changing circumstances; tolerates ambiguity; accepts new ideas and change initiatives; adapts interpersonal style to suit different people or situations; shows an interest in new experiences.
  • Language proficiency: Fluent written and oral communication in English is mandatory


To apply: Please submit a CV and covering letter, outlining your interest in the role.

Application Deadline: November 21st, 2022

We offer: 

A collegial team
Open, transparent communication
30 days holiday + flexible, fair working hours
Hybrid model (working from office and home office)
Book discounts between 15% and 44%
Company pension scheme
An interesting area of ​​responsibility in a successful, international company and much more


At Springer Nature we value the diversity of our teams. We recognize the many benefits of a diverse workforce with equitable opportunities for everyone. We strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles.



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