Research Topics Team Leader - BioSciences

London, United Kingdom · Research Topic


Research Topic London Team Lead

Frontiers is an open access academic publisher based in Switzerland. Our mission is to revolutionize research communication through innovation in every aspect of peer-reviewed publishing.

The Commissioning Team Manager, within the Research Topics Team, is responsible for overseeing the training and development of 5 to 8 direct reports. The direct reports are in charge of commissioning Research Topics for the following journals - Molecular Biosciences, Cell and Developmental Biology, Physiology, Bioengineering and Biotechnology, and Genetics.The Commissioning Team Manager will also work in conjunction with others throughout the company to develop new commissioning strategies for these journals and ensure that they are successful in meeting their 2019 Research Topic targets.

The Commissioning Team Manager helps ensure team efficiency, and is the first point of contact for all Research Topic specialists in the London office. Responsibilities include one on one meetings with their direct reports, helping the specialists to think critically about strategy, leading group meetings which stimulate discussion and critical thinking, and liaising with their manager, based in Lausanne, regarding any issues. They are responsible for helping all Specialists within their team maintain a healthy pipeline, in order to ensure growth within their respective portfolios, and meet assigned targets.


  • Line manager for Research Topic specialists located in London, and is responsible for their training and development.
  • Reaching agreed Research Topic targets for the assigned journals and assisting all Specialists in the London office to do the same.
  • Reporting to line manager on results and challenges, actively proposing solutions as well as working closely with the manager towards the team’s target as defined by upper management.
  • Representing Frontiers at conferences and events, highlighting the benefits of the Research Topic project.
  • Communicating with high level researchers to engage them in discussion regarding potential editorial projects.
  • Establishing close collaborations with the program and journal managers to keep them informed of Research Topic initiatives and seeking their input and feedback as needed.
  • Following up with Editorial Board members, particularly Chief Editors and Associate Editors, to engage them in Research Topics.
  • Liaising with Chief Editors for the evaluation process of Topics, implementing feedback and monitoring timely decisions.
  • Building relationships with key universities and institutes, in order to engage them in the Research Topic project.


  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English
  • Master’s degree, or Bachelor’s with previous relevant work in STM publishing required
  • An outgoing, collaborative and professional personality
  • A willingness to work in a fast-paced, target-driven environment
  • Detail oriented, strong organizational skills
  • People management skills
  • Previous experience managing a target driven team preferred
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