Journal Development Manager- Medicine & Public Health

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Date: Jun 23, 2022

Location: London, GB Dordrecht, NL Milan, IT Heidelberg, DE New York, US Philadelphia, US Berlin, DE

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Job Title: Journal Development Manager - Medicine & Public Health

Location: London, Berlin, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, Milan, New York or Philadelphia (Hybrid Working)

Full Time, Permanent Role

Closing Date for Applications- Sunday 5th June 2022


We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated publishing professional to join our Journals team in Medicine and Life Sciences. This role will be a part of a global team working on research journals across the BMC and Springer imprints.

The Journal Development Manager is the primary publishing contact for their journals and takes responsibility for growing and developing a portfolio of open access journals within specific scientific areas. This involves conducting and overseeing the prioritisation of journals for development and the setting and implementation of journal plans accordingly. Communication is a key part of this role, developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with our stakeholders (Editors, authors, reviewers, and societies) both directly and through management of more junior members of the publishing team (as required by business needs).

The role requires close liaison with other departments and also involves effective project management to achieve specific goals. The aims are to optimise the publishing service, utilise commercial opportunities and to increase market share of publications and citations. The Journal Development Manager translates business and team-wide objectives into journal development actions and provides experience and information to help shape the strategy of the portfolio.


  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with academic Editors, Editorial Boards, society executives and other key contacts in the field, with the aim of building and maintaining the journals’ reputation and increasing submissions.
  • Build knowledge of the field and the relevant scientific communities to identify development opportunities and translate them into actions to maintain a competitive advantage. This will involve engaging with senior scientists and obtaining their advice.
  • Produce and implement journal development plans for the journals in their portfolio.
  • Provide line-management, coaching and training for more junior members of staff working on their own journals, as required by business needs.
  • Work with members of the team to acquire new journals in this area.
  • Monitor peer-review performance for the portfolio and assist colleagues in dealing with author queries or problem manuscripts.
  • Plan and drive the commissioning of content including pro-actively suggesting topics where necessary.
  • Support the management of the journals by being the primary contact for Editors and handling contract renewals.
  • Ensure the journals are promoted through all relevant avenues.
  • Organise and host Editorial Board meetings.
  • Represent the company at scientific conferences when required to improve market knowledge, to network within the community, receive feedback on the journals and to promote Springer Nature journals, and open access.

Experience, Skills & Qualifications-


  • Educated to degree level, preferably with a biomedical background
  • Skills and Knowledge-
  • Keen interest in open research publishing
  • Proven knowledge of publishing process and related matters
  • Highly customer focused
  • Excellent communication, influencing and coaching skills
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills
  • Strong attention to detail/high accuracy
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines consistently
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to adapt quickly to change
  • Takes ownership to drive and complete tasks
  • A positive and proactive approach to problem-solving
  • Able to work cooperatively with colleagues at all levels


  • Experience of managing a portfolio of products in academic publishing
  • Experience of developing and maintaining productive and friendly relations/partnerships with external contacts.

Springer Nature employees are continuing to work from home at this point in time, though working in the office on a hyrbrid working pattern is possible depending on your preferred location.

At Springer Nature, we’re committed to creating a great working environment which includes the benefits you receive, opportunities for you to develop your skills and ways to get to know your colleagues. Some of these include:

Support networks that focus on fostering dialogue around diversity, community building, advice and advocacy
Wellbeing initiatives to support in maintaining a healthy work life balance
24 hour access to our learning and development platform Leap to help develop your skills
An excellent benefits package!

Further information about life at Springer Nature, hybrid working and the range of benefits available in your preferred location will be shared during the interview process.

To apply: please submit your CV and covering letter.

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