Publishing Operations Director

New York
Sep 25, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
Human Resources
Full Time
Publishing Operations Director, William Morrow and Ecco

Role Definition

The role of the Publishing Director is to set, implement, and manage integrated business processes from acquisition through product release that increase the speed, quality, and title output of the Morrow and Ecco publishing teams and reduce related process and product costs. The Publishing Director interacts with management team peers and every other department of the group and company to drive measureable improvements, and supervises a team of resources charged with managing specific tasks aligned with these goals. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Day to Day Responsibilities

•Define, manage, and measure overall output for Morrow / Ecco (350+ titles / year) from acquisition through backlist life – for both print and digital products
•Meet weekly with publishing imprint teams (Morrow, Morrow Paperbacks, Harper Voyager, Morrow Cookbooks, Amistad, and Ecco) to sort, schedule products, and resolve high level or systemic imprint or group issues, and to optimize output / KPIs across publishing process. Manage resources assigned to follow up and resolve problems and conflicts.
•Define meeting schedules, sequence, and deliverables to drive higher team efficiencies – and attend all related meetings to drive ongoing optimization.
•Negotiate assignment of titles to appropriate production lanes based on financial title group (title sortation) and critical path schedule
•Supervise a department of 9 composed of Managing Editors, and Production Editors
•Supervise the entry and integrity of all product information in company databases and system applications.
•Supervise the contract request process.

Strategic Change Management

•Develop and manage cross-departmental processes and KPIs to drive efficiency and speed, and lower cost / title – via Acquisition, Editorial, Product, & Distribution KPIs.
•Recommend role and process changes within functional groups to improve cross-department performance
•Define and implement time and cost savings information sharing across and within departments.
•Craft and implement new procedures and process with Editorial and Marketing teams and others as required
•Define specific requirements for evaluating and onboarding support departments and/or third party service providers – SLAs, functional requirements, business requirements.
•Works with Transformation team to define and implement scalable processes that drive time and cost out of process

Key Capabilities & Skills

•Proven ability to define opportunities, risks, and manage trade-offs with a results-oriented approach
•Proven ability to influence and manage both creative and operational team players
•Proven abilty to define and manage measures of process / output success across work teams
•Creative and analytical thinker able to demonstrate financial impact of recommended process or organizational changes
•Proven ability to propose both short term and long term options with pros and cons to resolve complexity
•Demonstrated experience and excellence in process and people management
•Proven ability to remain persistent and composed on time-constrained schedules
•5-10 years of experience in book or related media in managing editorial, operations, and/or production
•PMP certification, or advanced management or business degree a plus

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