Overview

BioMed Central, a part of Springer Nature, is the leading open access publisher of STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) research. Unlike traditional publishers, BioMed Central believes research should be free to access for anyone. Since it was founded in 2000, BioMed Central has successfully pioneered the open access publishing model and brought open access to the mainstream. BioMed Central is a vibrant and innovative open access publisher. An imprint of Springer Nature, one of the world’s leading global scientific and medical publishers, we operate in a fast-paced and high-energy environment, with staff based in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Our publishing team is responsible for driving the growth of our business through strategic journal development and acquisitions, upholding rigorous editorial standards, maintaining strong relationships with external customers, and effecting the smooth running and promotion of the journal portfolio through liaison with internal colleagues.  We work closely with leading academics and policy makers, and remain close to the cutting-edge of scientific and medical advances, while gaining exposure to all aspects of the academic journal publishing industry. Job Duties The Journal Development Editor role is ideally suited to a talented and proactive individual who is passionate about science, technology, medicine and open access. Strategic thinking, excellent communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships are key to success in this exciting and varied position. As the primary publishing contact for a portfolio of open access titles in the health sciences, the successful candidate will be responsible for growing and developing their journal cluster, and ensuring exceptional service to our authors, reviewers and other external stakeholders. Specific responsibilities of the Journal Development Editor include: 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 our journals’ reputations and increasing submissions; organise and host Editorial Board meetings Build knowledge of the field and the relevant scientific communities to identify journal development opportunities and translate them into actions to maintain a competitive advantage Represent the company at local and international conferences to improve market knowledge, to network within the community, receive feedback on the journals, and to promote BioMed Central journals and open access Produce and implement strategic development plans for the journals and handle contract renewals Plan and drive the commissioning of content, including proactively suggesting topics Monitor peer-review performance for the portfolio and assist colleagues in dealing with author queries or problem manuscripts Ensure journals are promoted through all relevant avenues Work with other team members to identify opportunities for acquiring journals Other duties as required by manager Job Requirements Educated to degree level in a public health, health science, biomedical or clinical subject area Knowledge of journal publishing process and related matters, and understanding of and interest in open access publishing Highly customer-focused, with excellent communication and influencing skills Experience of developing and maintaining productive and friendly relations/partnerships with academic and industry-based researchers Excellent time management and organisational skills; including proven ability to take ownership to drive and complete tasks, to meet deadlines consistently, and adapt quickly to change Excellent critical appraisal, analytical and problem solving skills Strong attention to detail/high accuracy Developed knowledge of the health sciences field Previous experience working in the publishing industry Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Springer Nature is the world’s largest academic book publisher, publisher of the world’s highest impact journals and a pioneer in the field of open research. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries and has a turnover of approximately EUR 1.5 billion. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media.           We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: – Medical, Dental and Vision – Life and AD&D – 401(k) – Flexible Spending Accounts – Transit Accounts – Tuition Assistance – Summer Hours Springer Nature is an Equal Opportunity Employer that complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the following EEO Is The Law Poster: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf.   Additional Information:Position Start Date: 2016-05-09Position End Date: 2017-05-10