Vice President, Nature Research Journals Portfolio

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Date: May 15, 2024

Location: New York, US Berlin, DE

Company: Springer Nature Group


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Job Title: Vice President, Nature Research Journals Portfolio

Location(s): New York or Berlin - Hybrid Working

Closing date: June 15th 2024 


About the Role 

The Vice President, Nature Research Journals Portfolio is a new position in the Nature Portfolio leadership team responsible for the strategic development of the Nature Research Journals. The VP Nature Research Journals Portfolio will proactively drive the ongoing market position and commercial success of the Nature Research Journals by overseeing their editorial and publishing activities and build the future success of the Portfolio through journal development, workflow innovation, and strategically aligned new launches.  This is an exciting opportunity to play a key leadership role in the market-leading Nature Portfolio and help drive its overall contribution to the research enterprise.



Drive the success of the Nature Research Journals Portfolio

  • Lead, motivate and inspire the journal teams to deliver on Nature Portfolio’s reputation for high-quality research publishing
  • Develop a strategic roadmap to guide the cohesive development of the Portfolio and ensure future commercial success
  • Strengthen our publishing and editorial activities, delivering excellent author service and ensuring editorial integrity by overseeing the activities of a global internal editorial team
  • Work closely with other Springer Nature functions (e.g. Production, Marketing, Legal) to maximize journal performance and minimize risk
  • Agree annual targets for journal publication levels and ensure that these targets are met
  • With the relevant Commercial teams, take joint responsibility for the financial performance of the Portfolio
  • Take responsibility for achieving goals and for reporting back on progress within Nature Portfolio and to the Executive team and Board
  • Establish a customer-focused approach, using insights from researcher engagement to improve journal performance
  • Identify new opportunities, test their viability in an agile way, and roll out to the broader portfolio as appropriate
  • Engage with the leaders and teams of the Nature-branded Publishing Unit to ensure coordinated development of the entire Nature Portfolio


Effectively lead a high-performance team that embraces change

  • Create a positive and energetic team environment
  • Establish a culture that balances the need to maintain Nature Portfolio quality with commercial goals
  • Ensure that the strategic and tactical goals for your Portfolio are understood, owned and applied within the Nature Research Journals team and beyond
  • Engage the team in testing, launching and iterating new ways of working that build consistency across the Research Journals Portfolio
  • Support managers within the group in establishing change competence throughout the team to fuel a culture of continuous improvement
  • Work with VP Nature Portfolio and Portfolio Chief Editors and Editorial Directors to track performance and take action as needed
  • Optimize resource allocation to support ongoing Portfolio growth
  • Role-model Springer Nature values and ways of working and ensure that these are incorporated into the day-to-day activities of the team


Experience, Skills, and Qualifications:

  • Required: Advanced degree in a research area covered by the Nature Portfolio or extensive experience working in research-related environment
  • Full understanding of the Editorial/ Publishing landscape, particularly of editorial processes and practices
  • A strong understanding of the needs and challenges of publishing high-quality research journals
  • Editorial experience working on high-quality journals would be advantageous
  • Proven track record for delivering growth
  • Experience managing a business area, including financial management
  • Substantial experience in managing change
  • Track record of working across geographies and with different nationalities and cultures
  • Experience of working within a complex global matrixed environment would be advantageous
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and approach, and strong commercial acumen
  • A data-informed approach and the ability to apply data to strategic thinking
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to build both internal and external relationships
  • A collaborative mindset and approach


To apply for the position, please submit a CV and a cover letter outlining your key ambitions in the role, including your salary expectations and notice period.


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: $225,000 - $250,000. 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 "Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal" poster


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. Springer Nature was awarded Diversity Team of the Year at the 2022 British Diversity Awards. Find out more about our DEI work here.


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