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Springer Science & Business Media LLC Commissioning Editor, Content Acquisitions in New York, New York

Commissioning Editor, Content Acquisitions

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Date: Sep 1, 2022

New York, US

Jersey City, US

Springer Nature Group

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Job Title: Commissioning Editor

Location: New York or Jersey City - Hybrid Working Model

Full Time, Permanent Role

The Springer Nature Journals Group aims to support researchers in communicating and advancing discovery for a better world. We do this by providing a trusted environment in which researchers can quickly, easily and transparently share their discoveries, data and research stories.

The Content Acquisition Team is a division within the Publishing Performance & Intelligence group providing expertise and dedicated resources to support the growth of commissioned content across the SN Journal portfolio.

The Commissioning Editor is responsible for attracting high-quality content into key Springer Nature Open Access journals via the creation of Topical Collections. Increasing commissioned content is an essential part of our strategy to grow our Open Access portfolio and as such appropriate topic identification is critical. The Commissioning Editor will work with our Editorial Board Members and with our data scientists and analysts to ensure topic selection benefits from being data driven. Similarly, identification of an appropriate Guest Editor is key to a Collection's success; the Commissioning Editor will reach out to high-level active researchers and encourage them to engage in Topical Collections in Springer Nature journals either as an editor or an author. This is a rare opportunity to join and help shape a new and growing team at a pivotal time.


Overall responsibility for planning and implementing commissioning strategies on key journals

Define and implement best practices across the Collections lifecycle

Identify appropriate topics for Collections

Ascertain and understand trends in market share at the level of specific topics

Carry out strategic competitor analysis

Build and leverage relationships with internal and external editorial communities

Use a wide array of data analysis tools to ensure topic selection is data-driven

Participate in the development of new technology aimed at solving complex topic modeling problems

Manage Collections pipeline against ambitious publication targets

Partner with our journals' editorial teams so that Collections strategy is congruent with journal development plans and is translated into a consistent flow of opening and closing Collections, whilst ensuring the editorial teams retain ownership of their journals' content

Identify and engage with Guest Editors and potential authors by inviting them to edit a Collection or submit their research articles.

Orchestrate the training of Guest Editors

Engage with our Marketing teams to coordinate and improve the promotion of our Collections, and develop new ways to reach out to the external communities served by our journals

Support the team of Managing Editors with overseeing the management of peer review for the Collections' pipeline

Qualifications and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree, preferably in a STEM discipline with a keen interest in Science

3 - 4 years' experience in the publishing industry or science research

Familiarity with the Research Process and the Scientific community

An excellent understanding of the research publishing landscape and how journals and journal publishers serve the research community, particularly Open Access journals

Direct experience of managing a journal or journal portfolio is desirable

Strong data analysis and reporting skills - ability to directly query data is desirable

Practical awareness of the importance and key aspects of research ethics

Excellent presentational skills

Excellent communication skills - both written and verbal

Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of colleagues and stakeholders

A creative mindset and the ability to bring energy, ideas and new approaches

A strategic and commercial mindset, with experience in developing and implementing plans

Ability to adapt quickly to change, juggle a varied workload under pressure and work quickly and efficiently on own initiative as well as part of a team

Experience in Tableau is desirable

If you are an internal applicant please inform your line manager.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

Medical, Dental and Vision

Life and AD&D


Flexible Spending Accounts

Transit Accounts

Tuition Assistance

Summer Hours


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