Publishing Director, Applied Sciences, Springer Journals

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Date: Jan 17, 2023

Location: New York, US Shanghai, CN Berlin, DE London, GB

Company: Springer Nature Group

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How the role fits in and the purpose

 

The Publishing Director role is a key strategic component of the Springer journals portfolio structure. The Publishing  Director is responsible for driving and managing the strategic growth and development of a global portfolio of journals, and both contributing to and articulating our strategy. The Publishing Director contributes to and helps drive the overall success of the publishing unit by managing, developing and nurturing a team of individuals. The Publishing Director will create an environment to successfully engage with external editors and editorial board members, attract the best authors, and to deliver the publishing program in a timely and efficient manner. Application deadline: February 6th. 

 

Key tasks:

 

1. Create a positive and energetic team environment, providing trusted management in which your team feel engaged and understand what is expected and the value of their contribution to the business.

  • Set performance goals for your staff, and ensure that these are well communicated, cascaded into individual objectives and targets as appropriate, monitored regularly, with appropriate action taken as necessary. 
  • Allocate staff efficiently to ensure optimum time is spent on strategic priorities.
  • Be visible to and engage regularly with your team to monitor performance and their development; carry out regular performance appraisals that focus both on targets/achievements and personal development.
  • Understand the value and importance of regular communication with your wider team – both to solicit their suggestions and ideas, and to report back to them on our activities and progress
  • Carefully control staff, travel and innovation costs to ensure that the group remains as profitable as possible while not compromising on quality or service.
  • Provide subject-based and policy guidance to your team, and oversee the investigation and resolution of research integrity issues.
  • Provide appropriate coaching and seek to ensure a culture where team members look to solve their own issues and engage in continuous improvement and, as appropriate, innovation. 
  • Be aware of staff wellbeing, regularly monitor employee satisfaction and seek to address recurring issues.
  • Role-model our values and ways of working and ensure that these are incorporated into the day-to-day running of your team.

 

2. Drive the editorial and publishing development of a portfolio of journals

  • Lead, motivate and inspire your team to produce journals that deliver a best-in-class author experience and enjoy maximum engagement from the external editors and Editorial Board Members (EBMs) on whom we rely; working closely with the Editor and Author Engagement horizontal.
  • On a regular basis ensure portfolios are aligned with our strategic priorities in a rapidly changing external environment.  
  • Agree with the VP Publishing the annual targets for journal submission, publication and transfer volumes as well as target turnaround times.
  • Ensure a data led approach to portfolio management and development, and that all KPIs are regularly monitored, reported and met, and that action is taken as needed.
  • With the VP Publishing, take responsibility for the commercial performance of your division.
  • Strive for maximal efficiency and productivity of our EiCs, peer-reviewers and EBMs.
  • Contribute towards the overall strategy of the Springer Nature Journals group

 

3. Understand and engage regularly with external editors and the research communities that your journals serve

  • Ensure we drive strong partnerships with our external editors and that editorial performance is monitored within your team and addressed as necessary so that we provide excellent author service, in particular with respect to manuscript handling times.
  • Engage effectively with the other verticals and horizontals in the Journals group to develop effective workflows to support optimal journal function. Look to proactively identify service level issues which affect our external editors and research communities.
  • Work closely with your team to build close working relationships with external EiCs, EBMs and the wider research community, attending external meetings as appropriate. Look for opportunities to demonstrate Springer Nature’s thought-leadership position and demonstrate our worth as a strategic publishing partner.
  • Understand the trends and changes in the communities you serve to ensure that Springer Nature can respond with increased publishing volumes, new editors/EBMs and new journals
  • Be aware of changes within the research community and publishing industry, and translate these into proposals for successful (new) products and services.

 

4. Understand and engage regularly with your society/institutional publishing partners

  • Monitor the key partner relationships in your portfolio and ensure that Springer Nature delivers an excellent service to its publishing partners, while carefully balancing requests for custom solutions with the need for standardized service levels.
  • Engage effectively with the other verticals and horizontals in the Journals group to develop effective workflows to support optimal journal function. Look to proactively identify service level issues which affect our partnerships and work closely with the Society and Partner management centre of excellence.
  • Be aware of the leading societies, associations and journal owners in your communities with whom we might partner. Develop and maintain relationships and pursue opportunities as appropriate. 

 

5. Ensure the implementation of new policies, workflows, systems and processes.

  • Ensure that our strategic priorities are well understood by your team.
  • Interpret and disseminate external intelligence and market research to support the development of your team and portfolio of journals.
  • Establish a data-driven culture in your team whereby we utilize all relevant data and information in our decision making.
  • Work with your team to implement new policies, processes, workflows and systems, in collaboration with the following units: Editor and Author Engagement, Research Integrity Group, Strategy and Development and Society and Partner Management.  
  • Support the development of strong transfer pathways.

 

6. Contribute to the wider Springer Nature Journals division

  • Take part – and encourage your team to take part – in cross-departmental projects and/or company-wide task forces and working groups.
  • Build close working relationships with the other Publishing VPs and Editorial Directors in the division, as well as the other Journals Group VPs.
  • Champion your subject area within the wider organization, including the Journals Group, ensuring high visibility and inclusion in key projects.
  • Ensure that you understand and can explain the key strategic goals of the division, and key internal and external publishing initiatives and developments: such as open Research, SharedIt, ORCID and Publons.
  • Manage, drive and initiate effective relationships, service level agreements and projects within Springer Nature, with e.g. Production, Sales, Marketing, Finance, and other editorial groups, and work with them to deliver mutually advantageous results
  • Lead and join up the internal and external communication activities for your global portfolio

 

Experience/Skills/Qualifications:

  • Educated to a degree level, preferably in a relevant field of study
  • Significant experience within a scientific/academic publishing environment
  • Management experience and leadership skills
  • Proven experience of translating market opportunities into profitable business models
  • Thorough understanding of the research or scientific process as it pertains to our publishing
  • Thorough understanding of the needs of editors, authors and referees as key customers
  • Excellent communication and team-building qualities
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Strong analytical and commercial skills
  • Enthusiasm and passion for excellence in research and science

 

If you are an internal applicant please inform your line manager.

 

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  

 

Annualized Base Salary Range: $135,000 – $145,000. The salary offer may vary based on work experience, education and skill level.

 

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: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf
  
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