RELX Group Book Production Manager in St Louis, Missouri

Book Production Manager

Category: Editorial

Location: St Louis, Missouri, United States

The Book Production Manager is responsible for oversight of the timely and quality delivery of their respective area's front list each year. The BPM directly manages Publishing Service Managers and in some cases may manage Project Managers or other roles directly. The BPM is the main point of day-to-day escalation for ERC management. The manager provides input to departmental strategy and is responsible for the execution of key initiatives and reinforcement of departmental policies.

Main Activities and Responsibilities

Delivery of Key Results

Attain key departmental KPIs for the respective territory. Metrics include, but are not limited to, direct cost per page, pages per FTE, ASAT and schedule attainment (print and electronic). The manager monitors performance to these goals and works as a liaison with their staff and publishing to ensure delivery against annual targets. The BPM also works to review title loading, including identification of titles that may be appropriately assigned to low cost production sites.

Departmental Communication

Proactively liaise with editorial contacts including collaboration on high-priority titles, participation in initiatives, and standing meetings such as the WIP meeting. Additionally, the BPM is responsible to ensure reporting (internally/externally) is collated and delivered per deadline. Within their team, the BPM should ensure communication policies are followed and updates are shared with their teams. The BPM will need to present information to large groups of people internally and with key stakeholders.

Delivery of Strategic Initiatives

Support key strategic initiatives as identified annually. The BPM is expected to be a leader in identification of 'how' to best deliver targets and then the management of execution of initiatives. This includes delegation of ownership as needed, project/program oversight and communication of status and performance to targets. The BPM is also responsible to ensure initiatives are properly rolled out in their teams and control measures are in place to ensure adherence to changes.

Team Leadership

BPM is responsible for ensuring management of their respective territory. This includes ensuring PDP framework is followed, development needs are addressed and resourcing (including workloads) are monitored. The manager should provide support to the PSM level to ensure teams are successful. The BPM should also monitor team morale and identify needs to the Director.

Continuous Improvement

Participation in CI, but also the BPM is expected to be a leader in CI by identifying opportunities for improvement of processes and identifying any needs for their team. The BPM should work directly with the Director and/or the GBP CI team to take ownership of finding best practices.

Functional and Technical Skills

• Intermediate/advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), SharePoint and One Drive

• Familiarity with XML and media a plus

• Experience using PPM, Intuit QuickBase and EMSS

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Experiences

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. English/Journalism background helpful and/or Management/Business.

• At least 10 years of experience in management, preferably in a publishing environment. Proven experience managing difficult situations.

• Individuals must be highly organized, extremely detail-oriented and strong problem solvers

• Candidates must be skilled communicators, written and verbally, and able to maintain strong relationships with internal and external contacts. Must be comfortable presenting information to large groups of people and to executive levels in an organization.

Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. We help researchers make new discoveries, collaborate with their colleagues, and give them the knowledge they need to find funding. We help governments and universities evaluate and improve their research strategies. We help doctors save lives, providing insight for physicians to find the right clinical answers, and we support nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout their careers.

Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancetand Cell, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries.

Elsevier employs over 7,000 people in more than 70 offices worldwide. We are an employer of choice, attracting and developing talented and creative people who thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package as well as a real opportunity for career growth in a growing organization. Elsevier is an equal opportunity employer: qualified applicants are considered for and treated during employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, disability status, protected veteran status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. If a qualified individual with a disability or disabled veteran needs a reasonable accommodation to use or access our online system, that individual should please contact 1.877.734.1938 or