Wolters Kluwer Senior Managing Editor in Waltham, Massachusetts

18-20629 - Senior Manging Editor - Legal & Regulatory

The Sr. Managing Editor participates in driving revenue growth for assigned titles within a list segment or portfolio by (1) ensuring appropriate content development and timely publication of assigned products and their accompanying ancillaries and (2) effectively managing assigned products throughout their life cycle. In addition, the Sr. Managing Editor manages a high revenue list segment (including all digital and print products) and is responsible for establishing the revenue priorities, publication plans, and schedules specific to customer needs. This position participates in determining the business objectives and then creates and manages plans, schedules, and talent to execute on those objectives. The Sr. Managing Editor will spend a lot of time gathering input and testing ideas with a broad range of stakeholders, inside and outside the company and will be comfortable with presenting content and good at pitching ideas to others; S/He works closely with Marketing to ensure the appropriate go-to-market strategies are in place and will assist the Publisher and work with acquisitions, operations, marketing, and sales teams to ensure customers' expectations and needs are met through all products and services. The Sr. Managing Editor works with the Editorial Production Coordinator and intervenes early and often to ensure products are on schedule and on budget.

  • In collaboration with Publisher, generates ideas for new non-core-content products and services; presents and secures approval for new ideas and develops business plans. Upon business plan approval, may lead project execution.

  • For assigned titles, ensures market-oriented editorial content development and timely publication of new and revised products and accompanying support materials/services; oversees the work of freelance development editors. For selected titles, acts as developmental editor.

  • Responsible for assigned products throughout their life cycle, assimilating market information to understand and respond timely to changing customer needs and maximizing revenue potential of products.

  • Coordinates with business insights analyst and sales and marketing to continually track performance of assigned titles against sales goals.

  • Partner with marketing and sales to develop effective communications to the sales force and customers and champion of high-value titles to sales and marketing.

  • Applies competitive landscape understanding to inform product development, release date planning, and marketing materials.

  • Liaises with Publisher, Product Management, Marketing Managers, Acquisitions, and other team leaders to establish revenue priorities and publication plans for assigned course areas to fit market needs and share market/customer information.

  • Work closely with the Acquisitions team to understand their signing priorities to ensure cohesive publishing between new and revised titles.

  • Plays proactive role in communicating regularly with customers and translating needs, pain points, and opportunities into strategic product plans

  • Partners with marketers and helps inform strategic marketing programs for new products or enhancement, including identification of market segments, product position, pricing and profitability.

  • Drive conversations around critical signing needs and have a leadership role in successfully establishing new market entries.

  • Conduct independent research, including interviews and partnering with internal resources, to develop deep market expertise on topics important to the publishing industry

  • Manage freelance responsibilities, workflow, and expenses and escalate any issues to Publisher

  • Mentor and assist in training of team members and assist Publisher establish best practices across Editorial team

  • Performs other duties as assigned by manager.

Education: B.A. or B.S in Journalism, Communications, English or related field minimum or equivalent; MBA, J.D. or other graduate degree desirable but not required.

Experience:

  • 8-15 years of educational publishing experience, focusing on editorial development/list management

  • Experience managing lists and portfolios of increasing complexity

Other Knowledge, Skills, Abilities or Certifications:

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, PPT, Excel) and Adobe Acrobat (PDF)

  • Proven executional abilities and experience meeting tight deadlines and juggling multiple responsibilities

  • Excellent communicator: good listening, probing, and qualification abilities and ability to manage tough conversation with authors and internal stakeholders

  • Demonstrated relationship building skills with industry authors and internal colleagues

  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills

  • Analytical and solutions oriented mindset with demonstrated ability to leverage data and analytics to inform decisions

  • Deep understanding of the educational publishing industry and ability to develop solutions that will provide a competitive edge

  • PMP preferred

  • Some experience working with CMS and multiple digital formats, including web, mobile, social media, infographics and more preferred but not required

Approximately 10 days of campus or conference travel annually

Wolters Kluwer Legal and Regulatory is a leading global provider of intelligent information and electronic solutions in key specialty areas for legal and business compliance professionals, and expert educational resources for law students and professors.

In an increasingly dynamic world, Wolters Kluwer Legal and Regulatory connects legal and business communities with timely, specialized expertise and information-enabled solutions to support customers' success through productivity, accuracy and mobility. Its major product lines include Aspen, CCH, Kluwer Law International, and MediRegs. Its markets include law firms, law schools, corporate counsel, health care organizations and professionals requiring legal and compliance information. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, a unit of Wolters Kluwer, is based in New York City and Riverwoods, IL.

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