Content Development Manager

Overall responsibility for the content acquisitions activity and portfolio development across content types including Books, Journals, Inspec, conferences.

Job Details

Reports to: Head of Academic Publishing

Accountable to: Director of Knowledge

Hours: 35 hours per week exclusive of meal breaks

Band: DP

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.

Person Specification:

University graduate (preferably in STM subject)

Experienced publisher (min 5 years preferably Academic)

Essential Criteria:

  • 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.
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