Journal Development Manager - Chemistry & Materials

Lausanne, Switzerland · Editorial Office


We are seeking a driven and target-oriented professional for the full-time position of a Journal Development Manager for our Chemistry and Materials portfolio, located in our Lausanne, Switzerland office. This is a strong portfolio of two young Impact Factor journals with ambitious strategic development and growth plans for 2019. The role is, therefore, an exciting opportunity for a candidate who is passionate about the chemical/materials sciences and has strong publishing and / or project management experience and proven line management responsibility.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management, strategic development and growth of both journals through content acquisition initiatives, as well as building and leveraging strong relationships with the Editorial Boards of leading academics. They will be responsible for pro-actively managing the journals’ performance and must show strong strategic direction to devise and implement editorial strategies to increase market share and build strong recognition for their portfolio, while creating new opportunities to drive key performance indicators.

Under the guidance of a Program Manager and working closely with members across multiple Editorial Teams, the Journal Development Manager role requires the ability to inspire across all levels, be a trusted advisor for internal and external stakeholders and arrive at solution-oriented approaches to deliver scalable growth. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and ideally work experience within academic publishing, which will enable them to effectively engage with high-profile scholars and be an effective team manager and interface with other departments.

Application deadline: Tuesday 4th December 2018


  • Manage the Chemistry and Materials portfolio and deliver ambitious targets and objectives
  • Drive journal growth and development through Editor engagement, article collections and section launches, informed by competitor and market analysis.
  • Build strong relationships with high-profile scholars and pro-actively manage the Editorial Boards
  • Represent the company to external stakeholders and promote the portfolio at international conferences
  • Manage and lead two Journal Development Specialist(s) and supporting team members across multiple Editorial departments
  • Collaborate with internal departments to ensure efficiency and scalability of journal operations
  • Lead internal editorial projects and initiatives to bring further strategic value and growth opportunities for the company


  • At least 2 years of experience working in a scientific publishing house, and/or strong equivalent project management experience;
  • A degree or higher in portfolio-related subject area is essential with a keen interest in dissemination of research;
  • At least 1 year of management experience;
  • Initiative taking, dynamic and focused personality;
  • Flawless communication in written and spoken English;
  • Aptitude for digesting large amounts of information, and reacting effectively to urgent situations;
  • Ability to work independently, be highly organized and meet deadlines;
  • Sound and mature judgment; decisive and tactful when working with multiple stakeholders;
  • Technical proficiency, with hands-on skills using current software (particularly MS Excel);
  • A working knowledge of common social networks and social media platforms;


  • 25 days' vacation per year
  • Participation into Frontiers annual bonus scheme
  • Professional development partnership with Coursera for all
  • Plenty of social & fun benefits!

- Christmas party, summer barbecue, monthly happy hour

- Fruits & snacks in the kitchen as well as much tea & coffee as you like

- In-house well-being activities including free weekly yoga

- A huge variety of self-organized activities from ski trips and football to French club

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