Journals Content Acquisition Manager - China


Informa Group Plc.

Beijing, China
Full Time
3y ago

Company Description

Informa is a leading academic publishing, business intelligence, knowledge and events business, creating unique content and connectivity for customers all over the world. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

Taylor & Francis Group produces high quality, peer reviewed books and journals. We produce unique, trusted content by expert authors, spreading knowledge and promoting discovery globally. We aim to broaden thinking and advance understanding, providing academics and professionals with a platform to share ideas and realize their individual potential. 

Job Description

We are seeking an outgoing  and organized individual with excellent management, analytical and interpersonal skills to join the team to work as a Content Acquisition Manager across the Taylor & Francis portfolio of journals, including its Open Access titles.

The key purpose of this role will be  to help establish  and then lead a highly efficient and dedicated team of Content Acquisition/Commissioning Editors to bring in high-quality article submissions across all disciplines for a broad range of journals and open research publishing venues in the Taylor & Francis portfolio. This will involve helping to recruit and then train a team of Content Acquisition/Commissioning Editors, working with relevant publishing and editorial teams to develop and oversee a content development, article solicitation  and commissioning strategy, and then managing the team to monitor and refine the strategy as necessary to ensure an ongoing solid pipeline of new article content to meet defined company targets. The role will also be hands-on in both analysing scientific fields and growth areas, and engaging with researchers to build awareness of the benefits of publishing with Taylor & Francis, publishing Open Access and open science publishing approaches to contribute to that article pipeline.

You will have demonstrable experience of developing and delivering a content development strategy, and experience of managing a team and building and refining effective workflows and processes to help build a system that is highly scalable.  You must have an active interest in open data and open science, as well as in publishing and related matters.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Establish a Content Acquisition/Commissioning presence in your location

  • Collaborate in the setting up of structured workflows, systems, tools and practices, for use withing the team and working with other other relevant teams, helping to create a highly structured system that will become scalable

  • Collaborate in the recruitment and building of  a team of Content Acquisition/Commissioning Editors

  • Once established, you will manage  the team, set commissioning targets, and oversee the strategies they are using to deliver against those targets

  • Coordinate the commissioning strategies across the team and work closely with the publishing and editorial teams, as well as other global commissioning teams, to monitor and refine the strategy to deliver an ongoing solid pipeline of new article content to meet defined targets across the T&F portfolio

  • Oversee liaison with the publishing and editorial teams on content development strategies, article type and article guideline development

  • Regularly conduct structured analysis of relevant scientific fields using a range of tools to determine areas of growth and potential rich opportunities for acquiring content

  • Identify key target individuals and groups in those communities and use this to develop and implement a structured commissioning plan

  • Network with Open research communities through a range of approaches to ensure content is targeted and developed effectively

  • Introduce research communities to Taylor and Francis and to its Open Access and  Open Science activities



What we’re looking for:

  • Demonstrable content acquisition/commissioning experience

  • Experience of line management/team bulding

  • Experience of monitoring and refining workflows

  • Excellent analytical skills, and strong familiarity with key databases and tools to analyse and monitor scientific fields and identify growth areas

  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, fluent in English, proficient in Mandarin 

  • Strong organisational skills, efficiency and attention to detail

  • Ability to prioritise effectively and to work to (often competing) deadlines

  • A positive and proactive approach to problem solving both in daily tasks and more complex trouble-shooting

  • Able to work cooperatively with colleagues at all levels

  • A high level of computer literacy (including MS Office, Outlook and internet browsers)

  • Active interest in open access, open data and open science, as well as in publishing and related matter

Additional Information

What we offer in return:

  • Competitive salary 
  • 20 days annual leave
  • 4 volunteering days annually
  • Day off for your birthday
  • Seasonal social and charitable events
  • Training and development

Additional Information:

  • You must have the right to work and live in the Beijing, China
  • This role is open to candidates in all locations across Beijing. Taylor & Francis has multiple options for how employees can work based on their role – be that in the Office, at home or somewhere in between

At Taylor & Francis we care about our colleagues, promoting work-life balance, wellbeing and flexible working. We believe that the skills and experience you bring to Taylor & Francis are invaluable. We want you to have the opportunity to develop your abilities, and to innovate and develop in areas which you are passionate about. 

We know that sometimes the 'perfect candidate' doesn't exist, and that people can be put off applying for a job if they don't fit all the requirements. If you're excited about working for us and have most of the skills or experience we're looking for, please go ahead and apply. You could be just what we need! We believe strongly in the value of diversity and creating supportive, inclusive environments where our colleagues can succeed. As such, Informa is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, citizenship, or other protected characteristics under local law.

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