Publishing manager

Overall management of the Technical Regulations print and digital publishing programme and budget.

Job summary

Overall management of the Technical Regulations print and digital publishing programme and budget. This includes the development of existing publishing activity and new publication opportunities associated with the IET Wiring Regulations, development of content to produce publications for electrical engineers, electricians and related professionals in order to achieve the publishing strategy and financial objectives of the Technical Regulations department.


35 hours per week, exclusive of meal breaks, plus as many as required to fulfil the needs of the post


Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Main duties and responsibilities 

  • Manage the Technical Regulations publishing programme overall to grow revenues and provide sustainable profits;
  • To manage and motivate a team of staff to actively produce content and develop and deliver new and existing products in line with targets;
  • To propose appropriate formats, specifications, prices and sales projections for publications, including digital options, and work with editorial, production, IT, marketing and sales processes to ensure on time and on budget delivery of products;
  • To establish networks of experts, both internal and external to the organisation to ensure that the Technical Regulations department has access to a pool of subject specialists to evolve its existing lists and plan new areas of coverage;
  • To ensure that all content is sourced and delivered in such a way as to facilitate digital development and delivery of products either alone or with other products;
  • To assess potential new areas of interest and identify information needs in the market through research – bring proposals for new business to Publishing Committee for approval;
  • To own the publishing strategy and take direct responsibility for commissioning in some areas;
  • Undertake any other duties and projects at the request of the line manager;
  • Comply with data protection legislation and act responsibly on matters of data disclosure both internally and to third parties;
  • Be familiar with the Health and Safety and Fire policies for the organisation and to attend mandatory updates where required.

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • Ability to manage and motivate a team to deliver on targets;
  • Demonstrable evidence of having managed publishing programmes which met their targets;
  • Experience of commissioning and managing publishing product for a scientific and technical market – ideally in a compliance environment;
  • Experience of moving from print to digital publishing formats, especially subscription publishing and associated channels to market;
  • An ability to engage and work with high profile authors and editors;
  • Able to work productively on their own initiative;
  • Able to manage workloads to meet timescales, budgets and deliverables;
  • Good research and analytical skills;
  • Strategic planning for products and acquisitions;
  • Excellent communicator with strong presentational skills;
  • Creative thinker who understands the opportunities available in technical and regulatory publishing.


  • Experience of working in the engineering or electrical area.
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