Managing Editor, BioMed Central

Posted: 1/10/2018 | Expires: 2/9/2018

Location: London
Function: Writing & Editing
Specialty: Operations
Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive



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Job Title: Managing Editor, BMC series

Location: This role could be based in either or London, New York or Shanghai office

Are you an experienced scientific editor keen to increase your leadership responsibilities? 

If you have a commitment to life sciences, sound editorial judgement and want to lead and manage a team of editors, then we’d like to hear from you.

The Managing Editor for BMC series will manage a team of Editors who run a group of journals on the BMC Series, including well known titles such as BMC Genomics and will support the Executive Editor in developing the strategy for the BMC series as a whole.


Line management and leadership of a team of BMC series Editors

  • Demonstrate strong leadership and management qualities, managing a team of Editors to be successful in their roles, achieving high standards of editorial judgment, author service and editorial board engagement.

  • Monitor submissions, publications, turn-around times and author satisfaction, ensuring that targets are met, identifying issues early and proposing and implementing solutions to address any challenges.

  • Recruit, train and supervise new members of the team, ensuring that all team members are supported in their roles and have opportunities for professional development.

  • Have an overview of the journals within your group, understanding their current performance and development strategies, identifying trends in the relevant fields, and working with the Editors to drive the success of these journals.

  • Take on additional projects as required, taking a broad view across the BMC series, BioMed Central and the publishing industry.

Contribute to implementation of the strategy and vision for the BMC series:

  • With the editorial team, implement development plans for the group of journals to publish more leading research in their fields and respond to the needs of the community for each journal.

  • Foster the ethos of being open, inclusive and trusted.

  • Provide input into the strategic goals of the BMC series as a whole, and work with the Executive Editor to implement the strategy.

Represent the BMC series in the ORG, publishing and scientific communities:

Experience, skills and qualifications


  • Experience in publishing within an STM setting.

  • PhD in a relevant field of biomedical or health sciences, or equivalent experience.

  • Knowledge of editorial processes and peer review.
  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Customer focus.

  • Strong time-management and prioritisation skills.

  • Analytical, able to respond to non-routine circumstances and a positive approach to problem solving.

  • Ability to manage budgets and prioritise resources.

  • Ability to work as part of a team.


  • Experience of developing editorial strategic plans.

  • Line management experience.


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