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Director of Publishing

About us

Our vision is for nature and people to thrive in a world inspired by ecology.

The British Ecological Society is the oldest of its kind in the world, with over 6000 members globally. Our wide range of activities support the study of ecology and fosters the ecological community. Our successful publishing portfolio is at the core of the BES and includes 7 journals, an ecological book series and a quarterly membership magazine, the Niche.

We are a thriving Society with the drive and enthusiasm to make a difference.  We actively value the diversity and wide range of perspectives that people from different backgrounds bring to their work, to ecology and to our Society.


About you 

Academic publishing is changing at an ever increasing rate with major challenges and opportunities in the imminent future. The Director of Publishing is a critical role within the Society, leading the largest staff team and generating the majority of the Society’s income.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate who has the vision and talent  to develop and manage the BES’ portfolio of publications and lead the publishing team.

You will need significant experience in STM publishing, excellent strategic planning skills, be a first-class communicator and an outstanding team leader able to operate in a complex environment.  This is an exciting opportunity which has a major influence on the shape and future of the Society.


About the role 

A full job description and person specification is available here.

More information on our Journals can be found here

Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK. 


Covid-19 response

During the past few months, the BES offices have been closed and the staff team have been working from their homes. The necessary equipment has been provided by the BES to enable staff to fulfil as much of their role as is viable. We hope for a partial return to the office before this role is recruited, however please be aware that you may be required to work from home in some part for a limited period of time.   


Equality and Diversity

More information regarding Diversity at the BES can be found here and our Equality and Diversity work can be found here.


Further information

Contract: Full-time, Permanent 

Working pattern: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Location: London – within easy walking distance of Angel and Old Street tube stations

Closing date: 10am 27 July 2020 

Interviews: First stage interview 30 July 2020, virtually via Microsoft Teams 


For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Benjamin Hunt - HR and Operations Manager.

Director of Publishing

Full-time, Permanent
Academic, Publisher, STM
Publishing, Management
67 500 £ gross annual income