Policy and Business Development Manager (m/f/o)

  • Mobile Working from Germany or UK
  • Work experience
  • Project Management, Product Management
  • Fulltime
  • Published: 08.02.2023
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Job ID: 673

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¬īs 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.

You are utilizing a very ‚Äėhands on‚Äô approach and drive in a fast paced and rapid changing environment leveraging strong interpersonal skills. You want to play an active role facilitating our Thieme science strategy ‚ÄėCommit to Open Access‚Äô, shaping the science article publishing journey with enthusiastic colleagues. You have a data-driven and customer centric mindset and consider yourself a problem solver with lean or agile experience? Then no need to read further ‚Äď please contact us, apply, and join the transformation activities in our Thieme Science Publishing Business Unit.
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 publishing landscape.

With the next possible date, we are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Policy and Business Development Manager to join the global Thieme science business unit.


  • Management -¬†Functional line management of (associate) project managers.
  • Shape and facilitate execution of the Thieme science strategy ‚ÄėCommit to Open Access‚Äô -¬†Create and facilitate a framework allowing you and key stakeholders to identify, deploy, implement, maintain service and business policies relevant to provide a sustainable and scalable science business, incl. open access. Streamline and supervise vendors‚Äô activities/policies.
  • Product framework¬†-¬†Work with global product teams (journal publishing, sales) and other stakeholders defining general business frameworks and publishing service standards. Challenge and influence decisions; focusing on customer and business value.
  • Project and implementation management¬†-¬†Act as project manager for a variety of initiatives across the science article value stream. Manage these cross-functional projects against set timelines and deliverables.
  • Communication -¬†Create reports and overviews/presentations/ documentation for internal and external use according to determined frameworks and standards. Confidentially present and discuss defined policies/ processes with customers and key stakeholders.
  • Process orientated mindset¬†-¬†End-to-end value-stream mapping, maintaining and analysis of global open access process.
  • Performance monitoring -¬†Work with stakeholders to set-up and regularly report on overall open access performance (commercial, quality, compliance) KPIs. Benchmark performance; identify and trigger actions when standard is not met.
  • Continuous improvement¬†-¬†Work on continuous improvement and efficiencies across the end-to-end science article value stream: identify areas to improve performance in line with quality standards, business and customer requirements.
  • Customer centric mindset / compliance -¬†Collect and study industry mandates/ general needs, feedback from customers, and stakeholders to shape policy and requirements and identify areas of action and improvement. Act as second line query support for open access related matters and ensure first-line support documentation is created, deployed, and updated.
  • Relationship building -¬†Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance. Communicate and present science article publishing services, incl. open access,¬†internally and externally.
  • Global stakeholders¬†- Close, coordinated collaboration with Science Journal Publishing teams located in Stuttgart, London, New York, Rio de Janeiro and S√£o Paulo, New Delhi, and Beijing as well as with colleagues in Production, Marketing, Institutional Sales etc.


  • 3 years proven academic journal and open access publishing experience: in particular, OA funding and policy development. Background on working on author, institutional, and funder requirements
  • Experienced Project Manager with track record heading cross-functional projects with global stakeholders
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken)
  • Ability to quickly understand different workflows, systems, their dependencies, and interaction
  • Strong presentation skills, including expertise to present research and analysis
  • Experienced at framing problems. You are skilled at unearthing the root cause(s) of pain points and validate business opportunities and problems.
  • Innovative and action-oriented mindset with strong execution capabilities and ability to succeed
  • Self-starting, high degree of independence
  • High tolerance for ambiguity, strong prioritization skills, and the ability to work well with a large variety of personalities at all levels of business
  • International and cultural sensitivity as well as working experience in an international business or environment
  • Flexibility to travel when needed

Our offer

  • We provide an open working 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
  • The job can be home or office based (depending on candidate location)
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