Emerald Publishing • Remote, UK

Commissioning Editor

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  circa £31,000

Remote-first – with office for co-working

Fully flexible hours

Job Description

A fantastic opportunity for a Commissioning Editor- Journals to join us and play a key role in our Content Acquisition team.

Reporting into a Journals Commissioning Lead, the successful candidate will join a dedicated journals team, managing and developing an allocated portfolio, actively commissioning content and focusing on increasing our output aimed at delivering real world societal impact. Playing an active part in the wider team, you will work to ensure that Emerald is a leading voice for our chosen communities.

The role will involve commissioning content, expanding networks within relevant subject communities and acting as an advocate for Emerald, as well as creating subject, domain and community development plans with a focus on target institutions or geographies, involvement in project work, and building a strong pipeline of journal acquisition/launch/partnership opportunities.

Please note: You will work mostly remotely, but we do require attendance to our Leeds office once a month, and for quarterly company events.

Day to day we’ll trust you to:   

  • Support the strategic development plan of the portfolio, building a strong pipeline of journal articles and other relevant digital content
  • Commission and deliver content to agreed targets aligned with strategic priorities
  • Work with stakeholders to ensure the delivery of a community outreach plan for your subject area
  • Proactively manage Editorial teams and Editorial Boards to ensure journal health and work to increase representation of diverse voices that are reflective or author and readership
  • Actively use systems and reports that will help you meet objectives for attention, citations, impact factor, market share in articles, author and reviewer satisfaction, and publication speed

You’ll need to have:   

  • Proven journals publishing experience working to strategic priorities and portfolio targets
  • Excellent working knowledge of the rapidly evolving academic publishing environment – for example in respect of open research
  • Advanced relationship management/building skills, and an ability to work cross-functionally
  • Someone who displays their passion about research aligned to delivering real societal impact
  • The drive to expand their existing network and act as an advocate for Emerald
  • The ability to embrace innovation and new ways of working

What’s in it for you?

At Emerald, we value our people. Becoming a part of our team means you’ll join a trusting and flexible environment and we've been flexified so you can trust that we're a truly flexible workplace. All we ask is that you attend the office once a month to come together with work colleagues. You'll also have numerous opportunities to progress your career, as well as access to professional development and the opportunity to learn new skills.

You’ll receive a wide range of benefits, such as 38 days annual leave (inclusive of bank holidays, remote flexible working, a discretionary performance bonus, 6% pension contribution and various benefits aimed at supporting your wellbeing and work-life balance such as a working from home allowance. You can check out a full list of our benefits here.

Roles are advertised at a benchmarked market median rate. Offers will be made within a range of the median, depending on skills and experience.

Please note - Applicants must be authorized to work in the UK without restrictions or sponsorship. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.

Emerald Group is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all of our applicants. If you would like to request any accommodations/adjustments from application through to interview stages, please complete the relevant section within the application or contact us at peopleteam@emerald.com and let us know.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 16 weeks full pay, 16 weeks half pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 4 weeks full pay
Adoption leave – 16 weeks full pay, 16 weeks half pay
Shared parental leave
Work from anywhere scheme – In-country
30 days annual leave + bank holidays
Work from home allowance
Pregnancy loss leave
Carer’s leave
Tax-free childcare
Compassionate leave
Buy or sell annual leave
Cycle to work scheme
On-site gym
Life assurance
Annual pay rises
Annual bonus
Volunteer days – 2 paid days per year
Charity donation scheme
Employee assistance programme
Employee discounts
Summer Fridays - Friday afternoons off during the summer period
2 annual volunteering days
Emerald Extras - discounts /cashback schemes
Moments that Matter days
Regional variances apply to our regional offices

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options Emerald Publishing provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Emerald Publishing is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

Working at Emerald Publishing

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Office locations

UK, China, USA, Dubai, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia

Hiring Countries

South Africa
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

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Flexa100 2024
Media & Agencies

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Industry awards 2023
Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2023
2nd – Media

2nd – Media

Industry awards 2022

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