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Journal Development Manager - Microbiology

Frontiers Media SA

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Journal Development Manager - Microbiology

Journal Development Manager - Microbiology

Publishing - Journal DevelopmentLausanne, Vaud, Switzerland


We are seeking a data driven and target-oriented professional, with excellent communication skills for the role of Journal Development Manager, based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The role is an exciting opportunity for a candidate who is passionate about open access publishing and has strong project management experience, as they will lead the growth and development of Frontiers in Microbiology.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management and strategic development of the journals, through tailored content acquisition initiatives, as well as building and leveraging strong relationships with the Editorial Boards comprising of leading academics. They will be responsible for pro-actively managing the journals’ performance and must show strong strategic direction to devise and implement editorial strategies to increase market share, while creating new opportunities to drive key performance indicators.

Under the guidance of a Program Manager and working closely with members across multiple Editorial Teams, the Journal Development Manager role requires the ability to inspire across all levels, be a trusted advisor for internal and external stakeholders and arrive at solution-oriented approaches to deliver scalable growth. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and ideally, work experience within academic publishing, which will enable them to effectively engage with high-profile scholars and be an effective team manager and interface with other departments.


  • Manage the journal and deliver ambitious targets and objectives;
  • Drive journal growth and development through Editor engagement, article collections and section launches, informed by competitor and market analysis;
  • Build strong relationships with high-profile scholars and pro-actively manage the Editorial Boards;
  • Represent the company to external stakeholders and promote the portfolio at international conferences;
  • Manage and lead 2 Journal Development Specialists and supporting team members across multiple Editorial departments;
  • Collaborate with internal departments to ensure efficiency and scalability of journal operations;
  • Lead internal editorial projects and initiatives to bring further strategic value and growth opportunities for the company.
  • At least 2 years of experience working in a scientific publishing house, and/or strong equivalent project management experience;
  • A degree or higher in relevant subject area is preferred with a keen interest in dissemination of research;
  • At least 1 year of management experience;
  • Initiative taking, dynamic and focused personality;
  • Flawless communication in written and spoken English;
  • Aptitude for digesting large amounts of information, and reacting effectively to urgent situations;
  • Ability to work independently, be highly organized and meet deadlines;
  • Sound and mature judgment; decisive and tactful when working with multiple stakeholders;
  • Technical proficiency, with hands-on skills using current software (particularly MS Excel);
  • A working knowledge of common social networks and social media platforms

Application deadline: December 16, 2019 (deadline at midday)

Application documents: CV, cover letter CV and a 100-day strategic business plan for Frontiers in Microbiology (maximum 10 slides), demonstrating how a Journal Manager will ensure the journal delivers its growth KPIs

  • 25 days' vacation per year;
  • Plenty of social & fun benefits, including Christmas party, summer barbecue;
  • Participation into Frontiers annual bonus scheme.
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