Position Description
Press Oxford University Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Acquisitions Editor


Oxford University Press is seeking a versatile Acquisitions Editor to oversee and develop our Palliative Care and Emergency Medicine publishing programs, along with the oversight of two core series. This is a unique opportunity to play a pivotal role on two prestigious, best-selling publishing lists at the world’s largest university press.
Responsibilities will include establishing a publishing strategy in both palliative care and emergency medicine; commissioning authors, volumes editors, editorial boards, and contributors; preparing projects for internal approval by drafting proposals, commissioning reviews, and negotiating contracts, and having full responsibility for the financial health of the lists. The Editor will work closely with OUP Editors in the US, the UK, and India as well as colleagues in Sales, Marketing, Digital Development, Production, and others in a collaborative and interactive environment.
• Commission authors and editors to oversee print and online publishing projects in palliative care and emergency medicine.
• Work with academic advisers and editors to develop strategic publishing plans for monographs, edited treatises, and major print and online works.
• Work closely with US and UK counterparts in editorial and marketing; share strategy for UK/US collaboration and products; brainstorm ideas with the digital development group for the continued growth of online products.
• Acquire a mix of new projects, as well existing core copyrights in need of updating; guide all projects from development of initial proposal, through external review and internal approval to the preparation of budgets and contracts.
• Assume responsibility for all pipeline and front list management and act as the point person for authors.
• Represent the department and project within OUP and at relevant academic conferences.
• Identify and evaluate print and online publishing and distribution opportunities, analyze competition, and conduct market research.
• Contribute to the strategic direction of the Medical Publishing group by focusing on new areas that we’re well positioned to market and promote, focusing on existing core lists so that OUP remains a key player in the relevant field, and identify growth opportunities for the continued development of your lists and the lists of the department.
• Work closely with marketing, sales, content operations and all other groups within Oxford University Press to ensure competitive costs are achieved, to meet minimum gross-margin goals, to ensure a healthy surplus department wide, and to manage and maintain the overall profitability of the publishing programs.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate will have familiarity with the scholarship in both palliative care and emergency medicine, or at least one discipline and a desire to learn more about the other.
We are looking for someone with previous medical and/or science commissioning experience, who is innovative, resourceful and quick-thinking; who is excited about the possibilities of print and digital scholarship, and who has a sharp eye for different types of publishing opportunities.

• A four-year degree
• 3-5 years editorial experience and a proven track record of commissioning are required.
• Candidates will have a familiarity with relevant scholarship in the field, and an established network of contacts and advisors.
• Familiarity with trends in digital research, scholarship, and publishing is preferred.

Other qualifications include:
• Project management aptitude/experience;
• Strong problem-solving and organizational skills;
• Ability to communicate clearly/effectively both verbally and in writing;
• Ability to manage time effectively;
• Ability to work in a team.

Please apply at https://rew22.ultipro.com/oxf1001/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*B7088FE955D90986

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