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 company. An imprint of Springer Nature, it operates in a fast-paced and high-energy environment, and is looking for a talented and proactive individual who is passionate about science, technology, medicine and open access, to join our international publishing team. The successful candidate will be the primary publishing contact for their journals with responsibility for growing and developing a portfolio of open access public health titles. This involves setting and implementing strategic journal plans; supporting key stakeholders (Editors, authors, reviewers, and Societies); identifying and realizing  potential  new business relationships and partnerships in the public health field; and working closely with other members of the Health Sciences team to acquire new journals in this area.  Additionally, the position has a focus on building the profile of the health sciences portfolio in North America. Motivation, strategic thinking, excellent communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships are key to success in the role. This is an exciting and varied position that allows an individual to remain close to the cutting-edge of scientific and medical advances, and work closely with leading academics and policy makers, while gaining exposure to all aspects of the industry in a successful and growing open access publishing environment.  Job Duties The successful candidate will: 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 academic 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, network within the community, receive feedback on the journals, and promote BioMed Central journals and open access Build strong relationships and engage with Societies and institutions related to public health Identify opportunities for journals to launch with or transfer to BioMed Central Support the management of journals by being the primary contact for Editors and handling contract renewals Produce and implement journal development plans 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 Ensure journals are promoted through all relevant avenues Organise and host Editorial Board meetings Provide mentoring and training for more junior team members working on their own journals Other duties as required There is the potential for future line-management responsibilities. Job Requirements Educated to degree level with a health science, biomedical or clinical background A minimum of three years previous editorial/publishing experience, including contact with Editors, authors and reviewers Thorough knowledge of journal publishing processes and related matters A good understanding of and interest in open access publishing A developed interest in public health 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 Strong attention to detail/high accuracy Excellent critical appraisal, analytical and problem solving ability Financial acumen; for example, ability to use financial reporting to inform journal development planning Willingness and ability to travel internationally Previous experience of acquiring journals a plus 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: 2016-05-06Position End Date: 2017-05-06