Job Advertisement: Publishing Manager (part time)

Advertisement; closing date 15 November 2021
Publishing Manager (two days a week, job share, days tbc)
The Royal Astronomical Society

The Royal Astronomical Society is looking for a part-time Publishing Manager. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced publishing professional, well acquainted with the academic research environment, to strategically develop the successful publishing portfolio. Working with the current Publishing Manager, you will lead the development of our journals in partnership with our key stakeholders, as well as support the RAS’ mission, vision and strategic goals. You will manage a team of eight assistant editors, three editorial boards and the peer review workflow for the Society’s leading research journals, Geophysical Journal International (GJI), Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), and RAS Techniques & Instruments (RASTI).

The ideal candidate will be a leader and manager with excellent influencing and communicating skills, be confident with handling multiple high-priority projects simultaneously, be passionate about building positive working relationships with a range of stakeholders, as well as being organised and methodical, adaptable and open to innovation and change.

You should also have the following:

  • Significant experience within academic research and peer review processes and systems.
  • A collaborative work ethic and ability to engage positively with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Strong experience of influencing and communicating and you are highly detail-orientated.
  • Demonstrable leadership and line management experience.

While not essential, we would welcome your application if you have a PhD in astronomy or geophysics. Please refer to the full job description for more information.

Benefits include:

  • A competitive salary.
  • Group pension scheme.
  • 4 ‘privilege days’ leave, in addition to the 8 public/bank holidays and annual leave allowance (pro rata).
  • Employee Assistance programme.
  • Access to learning and development opportunities.

Please note that this is a UK-based position. Due to the pandemic this is currently a remote-working position, but when it is possible to resume normal working, it will involve working a few days a month in Burlington House, London.

Applications, including a CV, covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification, and the names of two referees, should be sent by email to Siobhan Adeusi, Executive Assistant, Royal Astronomical Society ( If you would like an informal chat about the role, please call Dr Kim Clube on 0207 292 3968

Key dates: Application deadline 15 November 2021. Candidates shortlisted for interview (which will be held at the end of November) will be informed by email no later than 24 November. The position will be available from 1 January 2022.


Submitted by Pam Rowden on Mon, 18/10/2021 - 09:06