RELX Group Executive Publisher - Biochemistry in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Executive Publisher - Biochemistry

Category: Editorial

Location: Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Additional Locations:

United States

As an Executive Publisher you are responsible for maintaining, improving an expanding a high-revenue and high-impact portfolio of journals and related products in the competitive field of Biochemistry, within the STMJ Life Sciences, Social Sciences & Economics team.

This position has a specific focus on executing the strategy around Content Development, Open Access publishing and new (information) product development. You develop the strategy, help develop goals and monitor the progress within your portfolio of journal titles and related products and services, on a highly complex level. This position has direct line management over editorial support staff located in the Cambridge Office in Boston and as such requires someone who has a good track record and interest in people management.

You play an instrumental role in championing a positive team spirit within the editorial office and will be responsible for leading the team towards a more data driven culture.

As Executive Publisher you have a proven track record of demonstrating the ability to work independently and you are a lead example to and a coach/mentor for Senior Publishers, Publishers and Associate Publishers and Editorial Staff. You also have an ambassadorial role to work effectively with multiple stakeholders within the Elsevier organization such as Operations, Global Sales, and our Technology & Innovation teams.

The role reports to the Publishing Director and can be based in the US, NL or UK.

Your responsibilities

Portfolio Management and Development

  • Develop the strategy for the portfolio; ensure alignment with the department’s and STM Journals organization’s strategies.

  • Work with editors, authors, editorial boards and the academic community at large to ensure sufficient copy flow of relevant, high quality manuscripts.

  • Negotiate and manage contractual relationships with journal editors.

  • Continuous and pro-active maintenance of the existing portfolio, matching developments in the external marketplace, including the development of Open Access initiatives.

  • Continuous quality control and monitoring of all aspects of day-to-day editorial, production and publishing operations and actively address improvements where required.

  • Meet portfolio related objectives with regards to content growth, articles market share, citation share, relative impact factor, editorial speeds and author and editor satisfaction.

  • Manage the editorial fees budget and provide input to pricing processes.

Direct-Line Management

  • Set goals with direct report(s) and provide guidance on aligning goals to senior management strategy.

  • Adjust workflows and tasks to maximize the efficiency of the peer-review process with staff.

  • Be integral and a leader in staff’s professional development.

Relationship Management and Networking

  • Establish, manage and maintain excellent contacts and networks with key external stakeholders, including editors, authors, society representatives, university leadership and industry, with a view to understanding their professional and organizational needs and ongoing market developments.

  • Establish, manage and maintain excellent contacts with key stakeholders within the company, including editorial, production, publishing, marketing and technology teams, coordinating activities as they relate to the portfolio’s needs and development.

  • Innovation

  • Develop new content formats and new ways to present content to the customers in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and business partners.

  • Develop new publishing formats and business models.

  • Develop new peer review formats and initiatives.

Business Development

  • Identify and map market needs and business opportunities.

  • Develop and where feasible acquire new products and services, including society journals, platforms, databases and conferences.


  • PhD or University degree in a relevant scientific field an advantage, preferably in the life or health sciences.

  • Minimum 7+ years Scientific Publishing experience.

  • People management experience.

  • The ability to build, nurture and manage editorial boards is a must.

  • Strong commercial and negotiation skills.

  • Knowledge of the publishing process and relevant market developments.

  • Knowledge of relevant parts of the scientific world and its sociology.

  • Proven track record of successful revamp(s) of journals in competitive areas

  • Proven track record of full awareness of applications and remaining up to date with Technology, Social Media and content enhancement in the scientific arena.

  • Excellent networking skills, financial awareness and business management skills.

  • Willingness to travel 25% of the time.

What we offer

We welcome you to a truly global, dynamic and challenging environment with great opportunities to develop yourself. Elsevier’s benefits are very competitive and the summary below will give you an idea of the kind of things you can expect when joining Elsevier in the Netherlands.

  • Competitive salary and a 13th month

  • 27 days of leave

  • Attractive collective health care insurance package with considerable reduction rates

  • Solid Pension Plan of which 70% of the premiums is paid by Elsevier

  • Profit share or bonus plan subject to the company annual results

  • You can participate in the convertible personnel bond loan scheme

  • Flexible working arrangements

  • Travel allowance for commuting

  • Reductions to several personal insurance packages due to our collective agreements

  • Additional benefits, like memberships of Elsevier’s magazines, discount on books and in-house sport facilities

  • Numerous training, coaching and e-learning modules for long term job opportunities and development

  • Several local and global networking communities to share best practices and knowledge

  • Various social responsibility programs, channeling knowledge and strengths to help communities around the world improve education, science, healthcare and protect the environment.

An assessment or business case could be part of our selection procedure. A pre-employment screening will be part of our recruitment procedure.