Emerald Publishing • Remote, UK

Journals Commissioning Lead

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  circa £46,000

Remote-first – with office for co-working

Fully flexible hours

Job Description

Reporting into the Content Acquisition Director, the Journals Team Lead role will involve the line management of a small team of journal publishers and the strategic development of a portfolio of journals. You will work closely with key departments around the business, including Sales, Product and Research Integrity. The role will focus on expanding networks to support increased commissioning of content, acting as an advocate for Emerald to ensure we are a leading voice in our communities.

Please note - this job requires office attendance in our Leeds office once a month for team days, and for company-wide events quarterly.

Day to day we’ll trust you to:   

  • Ensure delivery against the strategic development goals for the journals programme, including the expansion of our open access offer
  • Line management and development of a small team of journals publishers, supporting them to grow their own portfolio
  • Leading on cross-departmental projects to deliver innovation and growth

You’ll need to have:   

  • Has experience of managing and developing a team, who can identify opportunities to coach and support team members to ensure Emerald’s expectations are met.
  • Can display proactive and innovative approaches to way of working which maximises time and resource aligned to our growth strategies and portfolio segmentation
  • Has proven journals publishing experience, working to strategic priorities and portfolio targets.
  • Is passionate about research aligned to delivering real societal impact.
  • Has the drive to expand their existing network and act as an advocate for Emerald
  • Has the ability to create and own a strategic development plan, building a strong pipeline of journal articles and other relevant digital content.
  • Embraces innovation and new ways of working.
  • Has excellent, proven relationship management/building skills, and an ability to work cross-functionally.
  • Has excellent working knowledge of the rapidly evolving academic publishing environment – for example in respect of open research.

The ideal candidate will be a team player who is proactive, enthusiastic and passionate about their subject communities, and who has the ability to inspire that passion in others. Someone who is solutions-driven and committed to the idea that research should help to provide answers to real world challenges.

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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Gender diversity (male:female)


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

Most flexible companies

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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