Publisher (Secondary School Science)
About the team
The UK Schools Science and Digital team is a dedicated, fun, supportive and knowledgeable group of people who work creatively to produce Science teaching and learning resources for secondary school students and their teachers. We work in a collaborative organisation with people from many job functions working together to create resources which really have impact in classrooms. This role can be based in Oxford or London. Although many of the team are in Oxford, we have regular contact with London team members and some of the team work partly or wholly out of our London offices. You'll report into the Head of Science and Digital.
About the role
We are looking for an energetic and proactive person with the skills to create market winning products and services and a passion for education to join our Secondary Science team to develop key new science education projects . In this role you will be responsible for developing strategy, trialling ideas and working out how we can win in our markets. You will manage teams to deliver products and services to market on time, to quality and within budget. You will manage budgets working with our media, design, supplier management, publishing, production and editorial teams on defining and managing costs.
(Please note: the official (COMPANY NAME) job title for this role is Senior Product Manager, but traditionally it would be known as Publisher)
A day in the life of….
During a typical day here, you can expect to be involved in these activities:
Devising and managing market research to test propositions with our core customer segments and hone these propositions to meet market need. This will include desk and field market research. It may also mean drawing on or commissioning academic research.
Researching and building your understanding of the Science UK and International school markets to ensure that everything we do improves learning and is well-researched and evidence-based
Strategy and financial planning
Contributing to our annual financial planning processes as required
Managing budgets, and if needed P&Ls, working with internal teams to draw together forecasts and costings
Proposition development and execution
Presenting publishing updates to the business in regular Product Council/ "brand" meetings
Developing commercially successful propositions which deliver real value for teachers and which really work for children
Finding key author talent, commissioning content and managing relationships with authors and Series Editors.
Quality assurance of content at key points during its development
Managing teams of editors to deliver publishing proposals on time, to desired quality and to budget and leading cross-functional teams from across the business involved in product creation
Supporting team members to problem solve and building a positive working culture
Briefing customer-facing teams (in particular Post-sales Service teams, Sales, Marketing) on products if required
Presenting to external stakeholders e.g. teachers, headteachers if required
Liaising with (COMPANY NAME) teams outside Learning Services, such as our Technology team as needed to advance the development of a product or service.
Monitoring competitor activity and keeping up to date with changes in the Primary school landscape (for example curriculum and policy) to ensure you are developing the best products and services for our customers
Location: The role can be based either from our High Holborn or Oxford offices
Who are we looking for?
You'll have the following skills and qualities:
Publishing skills, creative thinking and customer empathy: the ability to create and articulate propositions based soundly on customer needs
Communication, relationship building and influencing skills both within the company and with external stakeholders
Commercial and financial planning skills: the ability to work with a budget and manage costs and to contribute to financial planning processes
Organisational and project management skills: the ability to plan and manage projects and the workload of any line managed and mentored staff
Secondary schools publishing experience
Science education experience
Strategic thinking skills: the ability to think strategically, identify attractive market segments and key sources of competitive advantage
Digital skills: the ability to work with technology teams to develop the digital part of propositions
Your deadline to apply is 25th September and we expect interviews to be held during 2-5 Oct
More great things about working here….
We'll expect a lot and we know you'll do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business. We know that one size doesn't fit all so our workplace programs meet the different needs of our diverse teams, and their families too. There is a range of options, too many to list here, but when you join you can expect:
a starting holiday allowance of 25 days increasing to 30, with options to flex up or down
an annual incentive plan
generous pension scheme - contributions are double matched by (COMPANY NAME)
maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as Flexible Work policies
stock purchase options
health plans, and an employee assistance programme for you and your family, to help balance work, family and personal life
Making a greater impact is easy at (COMPANY NAME). Get involved in our I Made an impACT campaign by volunteering, giving and sharing, or sign up to an event in our Diversity & Inclusion calendar, and check out one of our many Wellbeing at Work initiatives. Just like learning, working here can provide discovery, challenge, inspiration and wonder.
If we sound like a good match for you, or maybe for a friend, we'd love to receive an application. Find out more about how learning makes us, at wxx.xxxxxxx.xxx.
About (COMPANY NAME)
At (COMPANY NAME), we're committed to a world that's always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it's one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology - and each other to surpass these boundaries - we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world's innovations, personal and global, large and small.
Primary Location: GB-GB-Oxford
Other Locations GB-GB-London
Work Locations: GB-Oxford-Jordan Hill Halley Court Jordan Hill Oxford OX2 8EJ
Job: Product Management
Employee Status: Regular Employee
Job Type: Standard
Shift: Day Job
Job Posting: Sep 8, xxx7