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Royal Society of Chemistry - Deputy Editor, Journals


Cambridge, UK


10 February 2020

Apply by

23 February 2020


Context of the role

  • No direct or indirect reports
  • National and international travel
  • Involvement with preparing and managing part of the journal’s budget (travel/editorial board expenses/journal sponsorship)


  • To assist the Executive Editor and Editorial Production Manager to maximise the impact and quality of the journal and deliver the journals KPI’s.
  • To deputise for the Executive Editor.
  • To assist the Executive Editor in defining and implementing the Editorial Policy in collaboration with Editorial Board(s) to develop the product.
  • To assist the Executive Editor in developing the Editorial and Advisory Boards and Scientific/Associate Editors such that they provide the maximum benefit to the serial(s) and strong interactions with their communities.
  • To assist in the development and implementation of the product development plans, in association with the Executive Editor and the Publisher, to maintain or improve the circulation/revenue/quality/usage of the journal and deliver the journals KPI’s.
  • To assist in developing and implementing the products commissioning plan in consultation with the Executive Editor.
  • To develop and maintain good relationships with existing and potential authors, referees and customers.
  • To commission articles, via desk based research and attendance at scientific conferences in order to maintain, improve and develop the quality of the product.
  • To assist the Executive Editor in the identification and recruitment of external Associate Editors.
  • To assist the Executive Editor in supporting and monitoring the manuscript processing and promotional activities of any external Associate Editors in order to improve the quality and standing of the journals.
  • In consultation with the Executive Editor and the Marketing team to develop and implement author marketing activities that support the commissioning and content development plans. 
  • To monitor the demands of market forces and advise the Executive Editor and Publisher of future trends in all areas to ensure that the Royal Society of Chemistry takes full advantage of all business opportunities.
  • To collaborate with colleagues in the identification and development of new business opportunities, particularly with the Publisher, Books and the Business Development team.
  • Required to work on cross-departmental project teams from time to time.
  • To ensure that every effort is made to progress our publishing strategy for core and new product development and technical development.

Knowledge and skills required


  • A good honours degree in science (chemical science normally preferred) is essential.
  • Previous experience in STM publishing
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to work well as a team.
  • Good organisational and time-management skills are required together with the ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Desirable
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and passion for the chemical sciences would be an asset.
  • Previous commissioning experience and conference attendance

Values and competencies

Customer Focused:  customer service, market intelligence, commitment

Develops and maintains a role of “trusted advisor” with key customers
Continuously develops understanding of market trends and competitor activities; recognises the trends that present an opportunity to benefit the RSC
Creates plans to keep valued customers
Takes ownership of problem resolution; engages and works with internal or external stakeholders to resolve any issues or problems

Enterprising:  business like, progressive, continuous improvement

  • Applies knowledge of RSC strategy to own work; demonstrates good understanding of their function and how it operates in relation to the organisation; uses understanding and awareness of structure of the organisation to "get things done".
  • Encourages ownership and pride for delivering high quality work from colleagues.
  • Takes an enterprising approach to delivery of projects and tasks.
  • Contributes to the design and development of effective and improved processes and methodology.
  • Is prepared to challenge the status quo where necessary

Inspirational:  finding solutions, decision making, inspiring others

  • Applies expertise and knowledge to evaluate and solve a range of problems.
  • Seeks opportunities to take on additional responsibilities.
  • Provides effective solutions to problems to achieve success.
  • Motivates and inspires others through leading by example
  • Represents and promotes the RSC to a high standard

Knowledgeable:  seeking information, sharing information, using knowledge

  • Sees challenges as opportunities to learn, and uses or initiates experiences to enhance skills and behaviour; proactively seeks on-the-job development.
  • Actively maintains and develops knowledge about key developments in areas of expertise; establishes processes or routines to regularly obtain business intelligence on new trends, technologies and developments.
  • Uses a broad range of expertise and knowledge of subjects outside the organisation to the benefit of the RSC.

Inclusive:  working with others, two way communication, negotiating and influencing

  • Supports others to achieve their goals.
  • Communicates information and concepts effectively to individuals and groups; genuinely values and respects other peoples’ input and expertise and shows a willingness to learn from them.
  • Demonstrates tact, diplomacy and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrates a ‘can do’ positive attitude, is willing to go the extra mile to help themselves and others deliver in their role.

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Competitive salary & benefits

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