Development Editor

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Starting salary of £26,276. Salary progression scheme (target of £32,439 after 3 years)
Closing Date
Position Type
Permanent Full-Time


The Royal Society of Chemistry is looking for two permanent Development Editors to work in our Journals team in a dynamic, fast moving publishing environment, based in Cambridge, with some national travel. 

Working closely with our journals Deputy Editors, Executive Editors and Publishers, you will play a key role in the editorial development strategy for a portfolio of journals.

As Development Editor, you will attract leading researchers to submit to our journals, identify scientific and geographical areas for development, widen our visibility through involvement in marketing activities, and increase community engagement amongst our authors and readers, through both desk-based approaches and by attending conferences in the UK. Our teams continually look to innovate, and you will have opportunity to contribute creative ideas on how the journal strategies are put into practice, to ensure that we achieve our goals.

You will also focus on maintaining or improving the quality and quantity of articles submitted for publication, readership, online usage and revenue of the journals.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists and the world’s leading chemistry community. We are a prestigious not-for-profit publishing and knowledge business, educating future generations of scientists, for the benefit of science and humanity.

We are looking for:


  • A good honours degree in science (chemical science normally preferred).
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to make sound evidence-based judgements.
  • Proven ability to work well as part of a team and demonstrate interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to take the initiative and solve problems independently.
  • Good organisational and time-management skills, and the ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines


  • Postgraduate experience and/or practical experience in STM publishing

We offer a starting salary of £26,276, with an excellent salary progression scheme based on performance, with the aim after 3 years of achieving a salary of £32,439. We provide other excellent benefits including a 35 hour working week with flexible hours and up to 12% pension contribution.

The full job description can be found here. If this role and developing a career at the world's leading chemistry community is of interest, please apply including your CV and a cover letter, before the end of our closing date.


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