Associate Editor, Chemistry Books

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Date: Feb 15, 2024

Location: New York, US

Company: Springer Nature Group


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Job Title: Associate Editor, Chemistry Books

Location: New York - Hybrid working model


As the largest academic book publisher, Springer Nature provides the academic community and professionals with unparalleled print and eBook collections. We constantly invest in new book and reading formats, the newest technologies and the optimization of our publishing workflows to offer both authors and readers an efficient publishing and reading experience.


Springer Nature Sciences Books aims to share and disseminate structured knowledge. We explore new fundamental knowledge and innovation. We believe in quality through peer-review standards. We disseminate fundamental, applicable and applied research.


Purpose of the Role  

Responsible for the strategic growth, development and editorial management of a portfolio in the Chemistry Books Editorial team. The role involves acquisition of book projects; market/competitive research; coordinates and/or negotiates publishing agreements; evaluates book proposals offered by authors/editors and submitted manuscripts to assess acceptability of manuscript; travels to conferences/campus visits for acquisitions purposes; works with electronic systems as needed; monitors schedules for projects; developing and maintaining a large network of authors/editors; liaises with other Springer personnel in production, marketing, and sales.



  • Strategic development of Chemistry book portfolio with particular focus in the fields of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Chemical Information and Chemical Processes

  • Learns and performs key publishing acquisition activities with development guidance from manager / peers, including

    • Soliciting, reading, and evaluating proposals and manuscripts to determine commercial viability, audience, market, and suitability for the list

    • Researching market trends to identify new authors, new titles and new products

    • Managing the backlist associated with the assigned areas, maintaining profitable relationships with existing authors, book series editors and editorial board members 

    • Identifying and supporting authors and editors in developing their book projects

    • Negotiates publishing contract terms

    • Remaining a point of contact for authors/editors throughout publication process

  • Builds an understanding of editorial policies and processes, ensuring they are consistently applied across activities and goals set by editorial management are met

  • Develops and maintains a good network of authors/editors through various engagement activities within the research community

  • Continually promotes and builds the brand through virtual interactions as well as travelling widely to academic conferences and campus visits.

  • Maintains continuous cooperation and dialogue with editorial service, marketing, production and other relevant departments concerning individual projects as well as general questions of mutual interest

  • Identify market potential and developing new products and titles to suit those markets


Experience, Skills & Qualifications:

  • College degree in Chemistry or a related scientific discipline

  • Fluency in English, both orally and written

  • High level of computer literacy (including MS Office, Outlook and internet browsers)

  • Excellent communication and influencing skills

  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues at all levels and as part of a team

  • Positive and proactive approach to problem solving, taking ownership to drive and complete tasks

  • Strong organizational skills, including proven ability to consistently meet deadlines 

  • Editorial experience desirable but not essential 


Springer Nature US provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package which includes the benefit offerings listed below: 

•    Medical, Dental and Vision 
•    401(k) with company match and contribution
•    Hybrid office working policy, Summer Hours, and paid time off
•    Flexible Spending and Commuter programs
•    Multiple Life insurance options
•    Disability coverage
•    Tuition Assistance
•    Voluntary benefits: Identity Theft Protection, Pet Insurance, and Legal Assistance Insurance
•    Employee Assistance Program
•    Family friendly benefits and a variety of employee discounts
•    An array of Employee Social Networks  


US Annualized Base Salary Range: $60,000. The salary offer may vary based on work experience, education, skill level and equity. The US salary range does not align with the salary ranges in other countries when converted to the currency of that country.


Springer Nature is an Equal Opportunity Employer that complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the following “Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law” poster: 


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