Thieme Gruppe

Executive Editor (m/f/o)

  • Thieme Group
  • Mobile Working from Germany or UK
  • Stuttgart
  • Führungskraft Erste Ebene
  • Projektmanagement, Produktmanagement
  • Publiziert: 06.03.2024
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Stellen-ID: 1213

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Executive Editor to join the global Thieme Science Business Unit.
Are you eager to shape our journal portfolio and grow our journal business strategically?
Do you want to play an active role facilitating our ‘Commit to Open Access’ strategy, shaping the journal portfolio with enthusiastic colleagues?
Do you have an innovative mindset and describe yourself as a problem solver with strategic journal portfolio development experience and strong interpersonal skills? Then no need to read further - please contact us, apply, and join the transformation activities in our Thieme Science medical journal team.
This is a great opportunity for a dedicated individual to be part of a strategically relevant team and contribute to the development of best-in-class and scalable workflows in a rapidly evolving scientific publishing landscape.


Thieme  is a leading supplier of information and services contributing to the improvement of healthcare and health. Employing more than 1,000 staff, the family-owned company develops products and services in digital and other media for the medical and chemistry sectors. Operating internationally with offices in 11 cities worldwide, the Thieme Group works closely with a strong network of experts and partners. The products and services are based on the high-quality content of Thieme's 200 journals and 4,400 books. With solutions for professionals, Thieme supports relevant information processes in research, education, and patient care. Medical students, physicians, nurses, allied health specialists, hospitals, health insurance companies and others interested in health and healthcare are at the focus of Thieme´s activities. The mission of the Thieme Group is to provide these markets with precisely the information, services, and products they need in their specific work situation and career.

Department: Thieme Science
Start: for the next possible date
Contract duration: unlimited
Working hours: full time


  • Portfolio management: Developing and implementing the business strategy for a portfolio of journals including journal launch, development and acquisition plans.
  • Journal development: Manage and grow a key publishing program (open access and hybrid) by defining journal development plans aligned with our Thieme Science strategy. Setting and adjusting quality and scope of the journals strategically in line with market development.
  • Team lead: Demonstrating skills in team management: such as communication, people development, managing change, time management and  conflict resolution.
  • Quality and improvement: Continuous quality management and improvement on journal level regarding decisions on resources and service standards. Maintain publishing quality, ethics and standards including, but not limited to research integrity and policies.
  • Performance management: Ensure that KPIs are regularly monitored, reported and met, and that action is taken as needed. Take a data led approach to portfolio management and development in line with the Thieme Science strategic objectives.
  • Networking, research community: Developing and expanding a network in our target groups. Building and developing close working relationships with our research communities, like editorial boards, advisory boards or societies. Understanding the trends and changes in communities you serve and adjust your portfolio strategy accordingly.
  • Collaboration: close and coordinated collaboration with colleagues within the international Thieme Science Unit located in Stuttgart, London, New York, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, New Delhi, and Beijing as well as with colleagues in Production, Marketing, Institutional Sales etc.


  • PhD or master’s degree preferably in life sciences or medicine
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the international academic publishing industry
  • A minimum of 3 years proven operational leadership and project management experience
  • 5 years plus proven experience managing an international portfolio of scientific journals, including networking with societies and other players.
  • Proven record creating, implementing and improving journal development plans and journal level business strategies
  • Experience in managing journal portfolios and in transitioning journals into open access
  • Very good knowledge of all aspects of publishing ethics, editorial policy, procedures, and practice
  • Strategic thinking and analytical skills plus an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Outstanding communication skills with stakeholders at all levels in written and spoken English, knowledge of German language would be a bonus
  • Excellent negotiation and influential skills
  • Strongly collaborative team worker, comfortable with co-ownership of shared goals and with a high level of personal accountability
  • Able to undertake national and international travel for conference attendance, site visits and meetings
  • Business experience in an international environment desirable

Our Offer

  • We provide a collaborative and empowering work environment
  • We value winning ideas and a proactive attitude
  • Our Thieme Academy provides individual training opportunities
  • You will work in a reputable and employee-friendly family business that encourages open communication
  • We expect a hybrid work setup upon return to our offices; we are open to other arrangements as well
  • Carina Hodruß
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