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Geological Society - Head of Editorial Development


Bath, UK


20 December 2019

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14 January 2020


The Geological Society is seeking to recruit a high calibre Head of Editorial Development to join its Bath-based publishing team. The role will be focused on the strategic development of a strong programme of book and journal publishing fit for the future, the development of new and novel products or services and the effective management of our in-house editorial team.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A science degree
  • Significant STM publishing experience, preferably with more than one publishing organisation.
  • Wide-ranging exposure to editorial, commissioning or production activities – possibly with some marketing experience.
  • A strong understanding of the workings of the research sector and academic institutions, and of the key issues and developments in scholarly communication, including open science.
  • Direct experience of developing and using online peer review systems.
  • An awareness of the importance of commercial activities in a not-for-profit setting.
  • Some experience of staff management or supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the self-motivation, confidence and adaptability required to work in this outward facing role.

Employment in, or membership of, a learned or professional society may be an advantage. The position will require regular travel between the Society’s Bath and London offices, and some international travel.

You may download the job description here.

Salary:   c. £40,000, commensurate with experience.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please forward a copy of your CV together with a covering letter to Farhana Begum at Please ensure that your application fully addresses the appointment criteria in the person specification.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 14 January 2020.

Interviews will take place in Bath and are envisaged in the week commencing 20 January 2020. Please let us know if you will require any adjustments should you be called for an interview.
Finally, please ensure that you have included dates when you will not be available or might have difficulty with the indicative timetable.

The Society is an equal opportunities employer. The post-holder will be expected to adhere to and support the Society’s commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion.

If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process please contact Farhana Begum, If you require further information or would like to discuss the role please contact the current Head of Editorial Development, Maggie Simmons,


Salary: c. £40,000, commensurate with experience.

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