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Executive Publisher-at-Large

Oxford University Press
New York, NY 10002
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Oxford University Press


Posted: July 01, 2021
New York City, NY, USA

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest and second oldest university press in the world. Its imprint carries authority, its standards of book production are high, and its range of interests is wide. A department of the University of Oxford, the Press is not a company and it pays no dividend. It is devoted to the spread of knowledge, and all its surplus is devoted to the furtherance of scholarship, education, and research through transfers to the wider University.

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About the role:

To acquire, on-board, manage, renew, and develop a high value and strategically important journals across disciplines and business models to standards which compliment and enhances OUPs standing in the learned society and publishing landscape. To work across the journals editorial team and alongside its senior leaders to deliver change according to strategic priorities.
  • When needed step in to cover (or mentor/lead junior staff) on the management, development and acquisition of high value society contracts or projects. Be able to cover all subject areas and any aspect of an Executive Publisher position including:
    • Managing highly complex contract covering several journals, to a degree of excellence that enhances OUPs standing in the learned society and publishing landscape and contributes strategically to the global journals program.
    • Renew society contracts with maximum financial contribution to OUP. Lead pre-emptive renewals and responses to RFPs to retain contracts for high quality society-owned journals including developing the business plans for approval and writing and presenting detailed proposals that appeal strategically to society clients, in liaison with the Publishing Director.
    • Lead the response to RFPs for new potential high value society business in subject areas identified for content growth
      • With data driven analysis
      • High quality written proposals
      • Persuasive presentations
      • Commercially intelligent financial arrangements
      • In full agreement with OUP legal and compliance requirements
      • In accordance with OUPs risk appetite and strategic priorities.
    • Negotiate successful, consistent contractual terms with society partners that align with OUP strategic priorities and risk appetite, ensuring full compliance with approval processes.
    • Ensure adherence to contractual terms for all journals in the portfolio.
    • Present for approval, and launch new open access journals with society partners, after undertaking necessary qualitative research and detailed financial modelling. Work with the open access group to maximize the impact and strong growth of new titles through strategic development and management.
    • Work collaboratively and productively with other functional groups (especially production, marketing, digital) to deliver an excellent service for society partners. Communicate changes in the journals publishing landscape and society needs to assist strategic decision making in other functional groups.
    • Manage a list of journals to ensure journal, departmental, and divisional targets (including revenue, quality, and profitability) are achieved. Collaborate with Editors and journal owners to publish high quality content in maximum suitable volume to increase market share of articles.
    • Work with finance colleagues to ensure maximum long and short term profitability of the journal list, including management of costs. Initiate remedial actions and negotiations where necessary.
    • Lead the transition process for newly acquired titles in your area of expertise ensuring a methodological approach, coordination with other departments, including the transitions team, and keeping society clients fully informed on what to expect at each stage.
    • Create and present Editorial Development plans to society partners and editorial boards in the context of developments in the journals landscape. Provide relevant data to inform editorial decision making and enhance OUPs reputation as a strategic partner.
    • Help develop and roll out OUP journal policies across the portfolio.
    • Work with the Publishing Director and/or Operations Director to identify and implement priority projects that scale across the journals program.
    • Provide support on strategic objectives as assigned by VP Journals.

About you:
  • Significant publishing or transferable professional experience
  • Strong understanding of academic publishing, including editorial processes, production processes, marketing, digital
  • Track record of successful relationship management and consulting with clients on strategy
  • Strong understanding of industry trends, systems, competitors, and technology
  • Outstanding communication skills and the ability to influence, persuade, and negotiate with both internal and external parties.
  • Analytical and forecasting ability to review trends and align development appropriately
  • Strong entrepreneurial skills

This position can be remote or located in one of our offices: New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts or Toronto Canada

GJC Level: I7 (for internal purposes only)

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


Posted: 2021-07-02 Expires: 2021-08-03

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