The primary objectives of the Royal Society’s publishing operation are to disseminate high-quality science, to make a positive contribution to the reputation of the Society and to generate a surplus to be used by the Society for the good of science.
This post will develop and manage our user-centric, online products and services, associated primarily with our STM Journals, as well as our publishing platform, currently hosted in California. A key part of this role will be to develop strategic alliances with third-parties and empower colleagues and other contributors to the benefit of our online presence. This role will ensure that our editorial, product development and marketing activities make the most of the website and other digital opportunities. As social media helps us to better serve our scientific audience this role looks at opportunities to improve communications and benefit our business. The key attributes will be leadership, project/budget/supplier management and communication skills alongside solid digital publishing knowledge within our industry.
This post is dedicated to enriching our electronic content and functionality so as to add value for our scientific community and to optimise the indexing and linking to our published content so that we maximise awareness, the level of traffic, usage and article downloads. As digital publishing becomes more collaborative there is an increasing need to manage multiple relationships and to assess potential new digital partners. This post develops and manages these relationships.
Its aim is to develop a state of the art web-based publishing service to increase the user base and to promote an online, cross-disciplinary community. It recommends relevant content and data formatting, processing and development to the Editorial, Production and Commercial teams in order to facilitate, improve and advance downstream-of-publication services and products. It periodically recommends and implements revisions in processes and procedures across the Section. It is responsible for the successful development of an adaptable content model to allow for future, required semantic enrichment.
This position will coordinate third-party vendors and internal staff to develop and maintain user-centric web services and digital products. Overall, it has responsibility for the functionality and effectiveness of the publishing platform, ensuring consistent performance across the sites.
Title Digital Publishing Manager (Maternity Cover)
Reports to: Head of Publishing Operations
Line manages: None
Location: Central London (may be occasional international travel)
Hours: 35 hours per week (some flexibility in start/finish times)
Pay Band: Band E, £42,228 per annum
Knowledge of STM journals publishing processes. Highly computer-literate with knowledge of XML, HTML, website management and electronic publishing, its formats and methods, and issues related to digital images. A superb eye for detail. Knowledge of English grammar and scientific notation would be an advantage.
Experience of specifying and managing web-based development projects from scratch, which utilize current online technologies. Preferably with knowledge of the latest technical standards within the industry and the potential to exploit the rich functionality of the web (Web 2.0 onwards) including support for full-text and metadata searching, browsing, social media, personalization and support for multiple business models.
Proficient in project management techniques and systems. Handles pressure to tight deadlines and prioritises tasks. Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and time management skills in order to gain trust and commitment from partners.
Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as part of a team. Excellent organisation, written, and verbal skills, as you will work across departments and the emphasis is on inspiring and empowering others. Thinks creatively, solves problems, manages change.Able to develop and manage business relationships. Excellent communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written.
The post-holder must demonstrate that they are able to:
Working with others
Managing people and relationships