Permanent Head of Book Publishing

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General Details
Location:
, OtherNorthern Suburbs
Advertised By: Agency
Job Type: Full-Time
Description
My client based in the Northern Suburbs is seeking to employ a Head of Book Publishing, you will be responsible for developing and implementing an overall publishing and editorial strategy to sustainably grow the Companyâ??s Scholarly Books' impact, influence, and financial return.
Book publishing and editorial strategy:




Strengthen the Company's portfolio by managing quality submission volumes, improving author satisfaction, and growing impact of the three imprints.


Develop new Scholarly Book Domains.


Manage the Scholarly Books Imprints and portfolio to ensure individual Book, departmental, and divisional targets (including revenue, quality, and profitability etc.) are achieved.


Collaborate with Editors and Book Authors to publish high-quality content.


Ensure that all Book production functions meet cost, quality and schedule requirements and that the highest customer service objectives are achieved.


Identify and advise on possible workflow improvements in the publishing process; initiate remedial actions, negotiations and process changes where necessary.


Work with finance, marketing, and operations colleagues to ensure maximum profitability of the Imprints, including management of costs; initiate remedial actions, negotiations and process changes where necessary.


Ensure the timeous compilation and printing and signoff of Book hard copies and eBooks.


Identify, manage, and develop plans for Scholarly Books growth.


Develop, implement, and maintain the Company’s Books publishing policies across the Imprints and portfolio.


Establish networks, do market research, and keep abreast of market developments in the Scholarly Books domain.


Commission and coordinate authors, peer-reviewers, illustrators, designers, editors and proofreaders.


Ensure that books are adequately peer-reviewed and wholly aligned with the "Research Output Policy" of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) of South Africa.


Monitor and project manage the book development process and maintain the set project timelines for each Book.


Efficiently manage and monitor publication budgets.


Efficiently manage publishing administration.


Coordinate and manage legal obligations related to publishing, including contracts and permissions.


Provide marketing and sales strategy support.


Efficiently manage author quotations, invoices, and royalties.



Management of Publication Systems




Identify and seek out any suitable software systems that is needed for operational efficiencies.


Evaluate the software systems and its associated costs to make a recommendation of best fit for the Company.


Suggest changes to the software system as required to enhance operational efficiencies.


Oversee the testing of any changes to ensure it meets operational requirements.


Ensure the public view of any platform text remains relevant to the audience always interacting with the platform.



Publishing Integrity and Ethics




Ensure that all poli...

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