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The Royal Society of Chemistry has an exciting opportunity to lead our Journals Customer Services team within our Publishing directorate on a temporary basis (maternity cover), based in Cambridge.


You will work as part of our Journals Operational Management team, and will also work closely with other Sales, Marketing, Finance and Technology stakeholders, offering high levels of support for our customers (authors, reviewers and readers).


As our Customer Service Manager for Journals, you will ensure that our customers are at the centre of the development of our services and will play a key role in overseeing our open access processes. Utilising your experience of STM publishing, you will help shape our customer services team strategy and enable our Journals team to achieve its aim of being the first choice publisher for authors, by providing a superior customer experience.


Your responsibilities will focus on:

  • Proactively monitoring and seeking feedback on author and reader satisfaction levels and identifying actions to be taken.
  • Setting targets for quality and author satisfaction levels and reporting on performance.
  • Maintaining online author/reviewer/reader information and liaising with Publishing stakeholders to ensure that material is up-to-date and meets or exceeds needs.
  • Managing a team to support the Journals team’s delivery of excellent customer service to authors, reviewers and readers.
  • Keeping abreast of developments within the STM publishing industry that relate to the customer experience and proactively recommending Publishing process and policy improvements and technical innovations to improve performance.
  • Liaise with Publishing colleagues to provide content for authoring guides, such as workshops or instructions and guidelines.
  • Being responsible for Journals publishing customer data quality on internal systems.
  • Working closely with Journal Editorial Production Managers, Operations Managers and our Supplier Relations Manager and Production Training Manager to ensure a high degree of knowledge sharing and a consistent approach to quality standards.
  • Working closely with the Journals teams to develop and maintain an understanding of author/reader communities and competitor awareness in relation to customer service.

We are looking for:

  • Experience of STM publishing, with a strong understanding of journal editorial and production processes and policies.
  • Able to lead and manage a team, and previous experience of managing or supervising a team is desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, in interacting with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Good presentation, organisational and time-management skills, with the ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Good attention to detail and a proactive approach to problem solving.
  • A good team player but self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • A good honours degree in science (chemical science preferred) is desirable.

The Royal Society of Chemistry offers an excellent benefits package. If you are interested, please apply before the end of our closing date.


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The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) seeks a Programme Manager to oversee our new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and support our Digital Transformation Strategy.


As Programme Manager (ERP) within our Technology team, in this important two-year project role you will be responsible for planning and implementing the RSC’s new ERP system programme and working with stakeholders and project managers to deliver this important programme of work. You will create the plan of work, applying professional principles, practices and techniques to manage the programme and support project managers to ensure on time, in budget, high quality delivery. Your role will also extend to other business transformation Programmes as part of the RSC’s Digital Transformation Strategy.


The Royal Society of Chemistry is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists and the world’s leading chemistry community and an award-winning global knowledge business, shaping the future of the chemical sciences – for the benefit of science and humanity. We are a £50m-turnover not-for-profit organisation employing over 500 staff, with over 54,000 members worldwide.


We are looking for:

  • A track record of delivering large, multi-million Programmes of work which consist of cross-functional, multiple projects and implementations;
  • Proven experience with implementing third-party, cloud-based Technology products into medium-size organisations;
  • Essential experience in implementing ERP and/or Finance systems;
  • Highly desirable experience with change management techniques, e.g. ADKAR;
  • Hands-on, deadline-orientated and goal-driven approach, complimented with sensitivity to the high quality standards and reputation management;
  • Demonstrable strong leadership skills in the organisational matrix;
  • Proven experience with reporting to Steering Groups composed of Directors and Leadership Team representatives;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with a natural ability to explain technical concepts equally well to stakeholders with a level of technical understanding and those without;
  • Highly desirable qualification in relevant Programme and/or Project management methodologies, with a sound knowledge for Agile Project Management principles;
  • Familiar with Project management tools such as MS Project, Atlassian Product suite and Basecamp;
  • Ability to lead and influence others in Technology and across the RSC, inspiring confidence whilst delivering the Technology strategy.

This role is available on a 24-month fixed-term contract basis, based at the Science Park, Cambridge. If you are interested, please apply before the end of our closing date.


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Are you an ambitious publishing professional who wants to further your career in STM publishing? Do you want to work for the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences?


We have two full-time Deputy Editor positions, one permanent and one temporary (~6 months), available within our Journals team. The Deputy Editor is a vital role to support the continuing development of our journal portfolios ensuring we have a high level of engagement with the scientific community. You will work closely with the Executive Editor to proactively contribute to the strategic development of the portfolio, through commissioning and product development plans and by working closely with the Development Editor to implement these plans, build lasting relationships with key stakeholders, attend national and international conferences, and deputise for the Executive Editor where required. You will also work closely with other teams across the organisation to ensure the successful delivery of the journal strategies and the wider Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing strategy.


The permanent position is available on the Materials portfolio and supports the development of Materials Horizons, Nanoscale Horizons and Nanoscale. The temporary position will be on the General Chemistry portfolio, consisting of the flagship journal Chemical Science, ChemComm and Chemical Society Reviews. Please specify in your covering letter which role(s) you wish to be considered for.

Interviews for these roles will take place week commencing 4th December 2017.



In addition to the above, you will be:

  • developing and implementing product development plans to improve journal performance through effective Editorial policy, commissioning and marketing plans
  • commissioning articles, via desk based research and attendance at scientific conferences
  • contributing to the development of the Editorial and Advisory Boards and to assist the Executive Editor in the identification and recruitment of external Associate Editors
  • developing and maintaining good relationships with existing and potential authors, referees and customers
  • monitoring the demands of market forces to inform journal developments
  • involved in preparing and managing journal budgets
  • supervising the Development Editor working on the portfolio

We are looking for:

  • a good honours degree in science (essential)
  • previous experience in STM publishing
  • effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • proven ability to work well as a team
  • good organisational and time-management skills, together with the ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines


A full job description is available here

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An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Royal Society of Chemistry to join our Digital Communications team as a Digital Communications Executive.


We have a vision to ensure that every time someone engages with us through digital spaces, their relationship with us gets stronger. That means delivering great customer experience through the most effective use of digital channels and content for all of our audiences.


The Digital Communications team is responsible for making this happen and ensuring that our digital presence – across websites, social media, email and search, both internally and externally – is as impactful as possible in promoting our work, products and services to a worldwide and diverse community of chemists and people with a passion for chemistry. The team is a centre of excellence for the whole organisation, setting the example in digital delivery and guiding the organisation in creating and curating useful, engaging content that inspires people to take action.


You’ll not only be responsible for content creation and delivery across a range of digital channels to support communications and marketing projects but you’ll also need to support colleagues from across the organisation by advising on best practice and the most effective use of digital channels and tactics. You’ll also monitor digital channel performance and use the data to make recommendations about the development of these channels.


You’ll need to have a passion for digital communications and an interest in how the digital environment is evolving. Coupled with this, you’ll need experience in email marketing, social media management, digital advertising and/or content marketing as well as being comfortable measuring the performance of digital content and channels with a passion for optimisation and improvement.


In return for your specialist expertise and passion for promoting the positive impact of chemistry and science generally, we will ensure you have all the training, support and tools needed to be successful in this role. The Royal Society of Chemistry offers an excellent benefits package for this full-time, permanent role based at the Science Park in Cambridge, including continuous professional development opportunities and flexible working.


If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply before the end of our closing date.


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The Royal Society of Chemistry has a great opportunity for an Enterprise Programme Manager to join us on a permanent full-time (35-hour week) basis, at our Cambridge Science Park office.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to advance chemical sciences. We are a provider of knowledge, a professional body and a voice for chemical sciences, with a heritage that spans 175 years. We work with industry and academia to promote collaboration and innovation. We advise governments on policy, and we promote the talent, information and ideas that lead to great advances in science.

Our reach into the chemistry using industries is over 2,500 companies, from start-ups to multinationals, including over 300 R&D based small and medium enterprises. Our membership in industry exceeds 12,000 individuals, representing a diverse set of sectors including energy, oil and gas, nuclear, food and drinks, consumer products and pharmaceuticals.

Our Industry team provide the community of companies and individuals working in chemistry related industries with relevant support, access to knowledge and connections to fast-track innovation.

We are looking to increase our engagement, in particular with chemistry-based companies in early stages of development and entrepreneurs. As our Programme Manager (Enterprise) you will play a key role in delivering our industry strategy, by designing new programmes, products or services and managing current initiatives aimed at supporting early stage companies and entrepreneurs.

The Programme Manager (Enterprise) role will have budget responsibility and will need to occasionally travel and work weekends.

We are looking for:  


  • Degree in chemistry or other science subject.
  • Specialist knowledge of commercialisation and investment processes or experience working in a specialist role in entrepreneurial environment e.g. incubator, accelerator, university technology transfer office.
  • Demonstrable experience in establishing and maintaining internal and external collaborations.
  • Experience in writing business cases to support new products/services development and investment.
  • Highly organised with excellent time management skills.
  • Experience of setting and managing budgets.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Collaborative and flexible approach to teamwork.


  • Project management experience.
  • Experience supporting first time entrepreneurs and SMEs with training or events.
  • Good understanding of the chemistry using industries.

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we will support you in your career and reward your contribution with an excellent benefits package. If interested, please apply before the end of our closing date.

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