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CUP - Editor-Commissioning Editor, Physics


Cambridge, UK


04 September 2019

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22 September 2019


The physics book programme at Cambridge University Press is renowned globally for its quality, breadth and variety. Spanning best-selling textbooks to support courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, cutting-edge research overviews and practical how-to volumes, our portfolio includes titles from the world’s most prominent physicists. We are seeking an ambitious science graduate or publishing professional with an interest in teaching and research developments in physics to join our team and acquire new book projects, manage a portfolio of titles through to successful publication, drive improvements in our publishing services and develop strategies for future growth.

We wish to recruit an Editor with the people skills and business acumen to help us remain at the forefront of scientific publishing, serving the needs of students, researchers and academic societies. The academic publishing industry is going through an exciting period of change, with technological developments and new business models radically changing the way our content is presented and delivered.

About the role:

Reporting to the Executive Publisher for the Physical Sciences, and working with a team of two other physics commissioning editors, core responsibilities will include:

  • Networking within the physics community by attending international conferences and university visits.
  • Commissioning a set number of high quality projects per year and upholding rigorous editorial and peer-review standards.
  • Negotiating author contracts, and preparing and managing project budgets.
  • Liaising with a range of internal colleagues to manage titles through to successful and timely publication. 
  • Feeding into the strategic development of the physics programme and helping to expand our market position. 
  • Monitoring the latest research and teaching directions and market trends to inform new publishing developments, including series of short-format works (Cambridge Elements), Open Access volumes and other digital publishing initiatives. 
  • Contributing to financial forecasts and working to meet sales growth targets. 
  • Championing the physics portfolio internally and making presentations to editorial, sales and marketing colleagues, as well as to the Press’s governing body. 
  • Managing a large backlist of titles and developing new editions where appropriate. 
  • Working with colleagues across departmental functions to help implement new policies, processes and systems to optimise the Press’s publishing services.  

About you:

Applicants should ideally have:

  • A good first degree in a physical science, engineering or mathematics. 
  • A demonstrable interest in STM publishing, preferably with some prior work experience. 
  • Familiarity with the latest research and teaching developments in physics. 
  • Awareness of the challenges facing academic book publishing in the 21st Century. 
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Strategic thinking, sound business acumen and a strong market focus. 
  • Confidence in making informed decisions under pressure in order to meet deadlines. 
  • Outstanding organizational and time-management skills. 
  • Energy, creativity, motivation and a high degree of self-reliance. 

About us:

Our global not-for-profit organisation is committed to the advancement of knowledge worldwide through our exciting publishing programme. You will be joining a diverse and collaborative workforce and you will be supported in your career ambitions to achieve your potential. 

Help us achieve our mission, and you will have a career that is not only hugely satisfying but brings with it great benefits and a stimulating, supportive and flexible working environment.

Why us?

A great central Cambridge location, our office is only a ten minute walk from the train station and guided busway. Benefits include a staff incentive scheme, flexible working, free life assurance and a contributory pension scheme, 28 days’ annual leave, subsidised restaurant and café, free on-site gym and sports facilities, and season ticket travel loans.

An appointment will be made at a level commensurate with experience and on-the job training will be provided as necessary. 

To see the full job description and to apply for this post, please click here


Salary: £28,981 - £42,843 with great benefits

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