Associate Director - Editorial - London

Date Posted: Wednesday 01 June 2022

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Role: Associate Director - Editorial

Salary:£65k to £75k

Location: London/Hybrid



The Associate Director is responsible for leading a team and/or a specific publishing stream within the Journals Editorial department. The role involves developing strategy in a designated subject area or product type and leading others to deliver on the strategy through their commissioning and publishing.




  • Lead a team to achieve their targets and to develop their knowledge and skills.
  • Contribute to the leadership and development of the department through active participation in the Department Managers Group and other relevant structures.
  • Responsible for developing the quality, profile, market share and financial performance of titles within the assigned portfolios in line with THE COMPANY’s strategy
  • Build and maintain positive relationships across THE COMPANY and with external partners, acting as an ambassador for THE COMPANY with the wider industry, developing THE COMPANY’s status and reputation as an international publisher in the necessary subject areas.
  • Oversee the successful negotiation and renewal of contracts, providing guidance on financial decisions and approving contracts, in accordance with defined parameters.
  • Assess business opportunities, confidently advising and leading on activities for new business acquisitions.
  • Prepare and review profit and loss statements accurately, analysing them in the context of THE COMPANY’s commercial requirements and the competitive environment.
  • Identify current and future market trends; contribute to and assist in the implementation of THE COMPANY's editorial strategy
  • Represent the department in specific areas of process, systems or cross-departmental collaboration to lead, develop and implement projects that further THE COMPANY’s operational strategies and goals.




  • Extensive experience in journals publishing, ideally including proven and successful acquisitions experience.
  • Strong leadership and decision-making skills.
  • Financial acumen and sound commercial judgement, with a track record of profitable list development
  • High level relationship management, communication and interpersonal skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Highly effective delegation skills and the ability to cascade information appropriately. 
  • Strategic awareness, including a deep  understanding of industry trends and best practice, and the ability to apply this knowledge to craft journal projects and tactical planning.
  • Expert project management and prioritisation skills and a high level of adaptability
  • Proficient in standard IT packages, including Microsoft Office