Publishing Executive

Company : BMJ
Location : London
Closing Date : 22/11/2019
Website :


Position: Publishing Executive

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £35,506 per annum

Start date: ASAP


**Please attach a cover letter as part of your application**


BMJ is recruiting a Publishing Executive to work across a portfolio of leading specialist medical journals within the Journals Publishing team. This is a varied and busy role requiring excellent organisational, administration and communication skills and a proactive attitude, in addition to some prior experience of academic journal publishing.


The purpose of the role is to support the Associate Publisher to manage a list of leading specialist medical journals (including owned, co-owned and contract titles). This will involve working with external editorial and internal publishing teams to implement the strategic development of existing and planned journals in print and online, managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that editorial and financial targets are met, and deputising for the Associate Publisher as necessary.


The Publishing Executive will report directly to one Associate Publisher but will be expected to provide support to other Associate Publishers on selected journals and work alongside other Publishing Executives.



  • Compile, track and analyse key performance metrics and conduct competitor analysis to assist with strategic development of individual journal titles
  • Prepare agendas, reports and minutes for editorial and business meetings and follow up on actions in a timely manner
  • Present publishing reports and data at meetings
  • Respond to questions escalated from outsourced editorial offices and provide support to authors and editors, including monitoring and improving peer review processes
  • Ensure regular communication with editorial stakeholders to improve engagement
  • Keep journal websites updated, accurate and relevant for the target audiences
  • Work with editors to develop online content, including podcasts, videos, blogs and social media channels
  • Assist the marketing team to identify and exploit promotional opportunities, including representing BMJ at external events
  • Oversee financial administration, including editor payments and supplier invoices
  • Oversee the timely publishing of supplements and special issues
  • Assist in the project management of new journal launches



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Relevant experience in a scholarly publishing environment, ideally with experience of journal administration, management and/or production
  • Proficient in standard computer packages, especially Microsoft Office or G Suite; experience of WordPress and manuscript submission and peer review software would be desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven experience of communicating in a professional manner, both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrable confidence in dealing with external contacts at all levels, including senior academics and society executive officers
  • Self-motivated with strong organisational skills and a proactive attitude
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to research information independently

**Please attach a cover letter as part of your application**


Why apply?


  • Competitive salary
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Great London location in BMA house, a spectacular grade II listed building
  • Subsidised gym and canteen on-site
  • Strong company values and shared mission to create a healthier world for all


If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role further in advance of your application please do not hesitate to contact Tashan Chong-Kan on 0203 6555508 or


Our Company


BMJ is an £80 million company, employing approximately 500 people worldwide with its headquarters in London and key offices in China, India and the United States. Its activities are guided by its mission to help achieve a healthier world and its dedication to superior financial performance. It advances healthcare worldwide by sharing knowledge and expertise to improve outcomes. BMJ is a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Medical Association (BMA).


The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) is the company’s flagship publication which has the second highest impact factor in the UK and fifth highest in the world. It is also the fourth most widely cited medical journal in the world. The company also publishes over 50 specialty journals, several of which are produced in partnership with leading professional medical associations. Best Practice is BMJ’s successful point-of-care decision support tool and BMJ Learning is the centerpiece of several educational offerings.


BMJ takes pride in its people and is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We value individuality and therefore welcome all qualified applications from a diverse range of candidates.

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