Product Manager, Products & Analytics

Washington D.C.
Market-driven salary + benefits
Apr 18, 2018
May 18, 2018
Field of specialization
General / Technical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time


Division and Unit Overview

The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific membership association and one of the top ten science publishers in the world. The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society provides to its members and the worldwide scientific community a comprehensive collection of high quality information products and services for the practice and advancement of the chemical sciences. The Division publishes a weekly magazine, over 50 high-quality scholarly journals focused on chemistry and chemistry-related topics, and peer-reviewed books developed from ACS symposia (ACS Symposium Series).

The Editorial Services department houses four main teams: Products & Analytics, Journal Support, Peer Review Services, and Editorial Vendor Management. The Products & Analytics team is focused on the development and deployment of products that support publishing activities, as well as reporting on the performance of the journals portfolio and author products. This group leads the development of ACS Reviewer Lab, and develops new author services, which are expected to contribute $2M annually to ACS Publications revenue.  This team maintains P&L responsibility for existing author services, such as supplementary journal cover sales and English polishing, and develops business plans (including future P&L statements) for new publishing products.

Position Summary

The Product Manager, Products & Analytics is focused on the business development of our portfolio of publishing products. The incumbent will assist the Manager of Products & Analytics in developing, refining, and implementing publishing products that contribute to ACS Publications’ diversified revenue portfolio.

The qualified candidate should be comfortable working with internal and external stakeholders, including editors and authors. The ability to communicate clearly with a variety of contacts is essential. The individual must be a self-starter, able to successfully multitask, and meet deadlines. The Product Manager should have a strong background in STM publishing, with a working understanding of the peer-review process and the pressures faced by the publishing industry writ large.

Work design: Works under general managerial supervision and direction on goals and objectives. Work involves creative and adaptive thinking. Resolves non-routine problems by applying general policies, practices, procedures, and principles. Performs in-depth analyses of standard problems and recommends resolutions.

Position Accountabilities

  • Leads the ACS Supplementary Covers effort, coordinating with Global Publishing Operations staff on resourcing and process management, and working with the Manager, Products & Analytics, contributes to financial planning efforts on behalf of supplementary covers.
  • Leads business development and planning efforts for new and existing publishing services, including P&L input and resourcing recommendations.
  • Working with a team, provides input and develops content for author learning resources, including workshops, online learning products, and for-fee training tools.
  • Serves as the Products & Analytics liaison to all business units dealing with author, reviewer, and editor services.
  • Monitors competitor initiatives to support the continued success of ACS publishing products. Monitors the publications marketplace to identify enhancements and provide recommendations for potential new offerings to support authoring and reviewing communities.

Required Skills:

Degree in the chemistry or related sciences required (an advanced degree a plus), as well as 3+ years of relevant training and experience in STM publishing. Excellent written and verbal communication with both technical and nontechnical audiences, decision making, leadership, and analytical skills required. This position can be based in the Washington, DC offices of the American Chemical Society, or remotely as a field employee. Some travel may be necessary (4-6 times per year).