Content Development Manager
Overall responsibility for the content acquisitions activity and portfolio development across content types including Books, Journals, Inspec, conferences.
Reports to: Head of Academic Publishing
Accountable to: Director of Knowledge
Hours: 35 hours per week exclusive of meal breaks
Location: Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Through a team of 5 direct reports responsible for the delivery/acquisition of content appropriate to current Academic strategy in relevant areas of SET;
- To research new topic areas, content types, product lines and services (eg conference materials, User-generated content) of interest to the SET academic ,corporate and government research communities;
- Establish and utilise networks of experts both internal and external to the company for evolution of existing IET lists and planning new areas of coverage;
- Work with editorial, production and marketing processes to ensure on time and on budget delivery of products;
- Ensure all content sourced and delivered to facilitate digital development of products;
- Take responsibility for proposing appropriate budgets, formats, prices and sales projections for publications, in liaison with Sales and Marketing colleagues;
- To recommend any developments and improvements within the editorial, production, sales and marketing environment which may enhance the performance of Academic Publishing;
- To attend relevant industry and sectoral events, representing the IET at events ad maintaining high level of market awareness;
- To make appropriate presentations to raise awareness of Academic strategy;
- To undertake any other duties and projects at the request of the line manager;
- To comply with data protection legislation and act responsibly on matters of data disclosure both internally and to third parties;
- To be familiar with the Health and Safety and Fire policies for the organisation and to attend mandatory updates where required.
This job description is intended as a general guide to the scope of the post and may change in line with the needs of the service or at the request of the line manager.
University graduate (preferably in STM subject)
Experienced publisher (min 5 years preferably Academic)
- Ability to manage and motivate a team of Commissioning staff to proactively produce content and develop programmes in line with agreed objectives;
- Extensive experience of commissioning significant products or services for a scientific/ technical market and a good knowledge of trends in these areas;
- Experience of moving from print to digital publishing formats, and good awareness of the new business models/opportunities this may bring;
- A working knowledge or interest in R&D requirements in terms of end user workflows/ information needs;
- Strong commercial skills, familiarity with financials and ability to work with both words and numbers;
- An ability to engage and work with high profile authors and editors;
- Able to work productively on own initiative managing workloads to meet deadlines, budgets and deliverables;
- Good analytic and strategic planning skills for products and acquisitions, and creative thinker who understands opportunities available in S&T Publishing;
- Excellent communicator with strong presentational skills;
- Ability and willingness to travel on business (driver preferred).
- Self-driven, results-oriented, and a clear focus on high quality and efficiency;
- Experience of working within the science, engineering and technology area.