Production Operations Manager

IOP Publishing
Bristol / Hybrid
Negotiable salary + excellent benefits
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

Job Details

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Production Operations Manager to join our Production team. If you are looking to manage and motivate a high performing team to deliver excellent author service to the physics community, then this is the one for you.

Content is the lifeblood of our publishing business, and as a highly reputable STM publisher, the quality & integrity of production is of paramount importance. The Production Operations Manager plays a leading role in the achievement of the department’s objectives through effective team management, driving efficiencies, delivering quality and ensuring an excellent publication experience for authors.

Reporting into our Head of Production, and working as part of the Production Management team which consists of content, supplier, system, partner and other operational experts, you will be managing and motivating a large team, to deliver a high-quality and effective publication service across a range of products. 

What will you be doing?

Key job accountabilities include:

  • Provide operational management and support to production teams to deliver the high-quality publication of content;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Deliver a consistently high-quality publication experience;
  • Effective planning and management of resources to deliver consistently against requirements and  objectives;
  • Develop and implement efficient and high-quality production processes and procedures;
  • Identify opportunities for continuous improvement and contribute to implementing production strategy.

About you:

Successful applicants should demonstrate the following:

  • Proven people management experience;
  • Strong customer service skills;
  • Excellent time, task, project management and organisational skills;
  • Successful application of continuous improvement and process management;
  • Highly effective and clear communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Stakeholder management experience is desirable, but not essential;
  • STM Publishing and Production experience would be advantageous.

We know it is unusual for someone to tick every box so, if you don’t meet all the criteria, but demonstrate most of the skills and experience we are looking for, and have the enthusiasm to work with us, go ahead and apply.

What we offer:

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer UK employees an excellent pension scheme (up to 10% company contribution), discretionary annual bonus scheme, 25+ days holiday (not including bank holidays), standard 35-hour working week, volunteering days, and a comprehensive benefits package including private medical insurance, life assurance, and a range of flexible benefits such as cycle to work scheme, discounted gym membership, healthcare cash plan, and childcare vouchers.

Flexible Working:

As there will not be a requirement for the person in this role to be in the office on a daily/weekly basis, we are open to considering applicants from a wide geographical area who are happy to travel to our centrally-based Bristol office a couple of times a month, subject to business needs.

To apply, please submit your CV and cover note through our careers site.

We aim to review applications soon after they are received, and will arrange interviews when there’s someone we’re keen to meet, so please don’t hold off applying until the closing date is approaching - we don’t want you, or us, to miss out!

About us:

IOP Publishing is an international scientific publisher, through which leading-edge research is distributed worldwide. Our rapidly expanding journals programme is published alongside other sources of scientific information in the form of eBooks, magazines and conference proceedings. Other publications include easily accessible community and regional websites. We are a world leader in the development of electronic publishing for the scientific community and have offices in Europe, Asia and the US.  Working in the interests of science and scientists, we aim to maximise the impact of the research we publish.

IOP Publishing is central to the Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit society. Any financial surplus earned by IOP Publishing goes to supporting science through the activities of the Institute. With a continuing focus on growth, we recognise that every single person has a real part to play if we’re to achieve our aim of becoming the world’s leading publisher in our field.

IOP Publishing is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are built into our identity in a way that is natural and sustainable, visible through the work we produce, our company branding, our professional networks and the communities we serve and support, which includes our employees, talent communities and candidates. We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented backgrounds.

Vision Our vision is that diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are built into our identity in a way that is both natural and sustainable and that is visible through the work we produce, our Ways of Being, our company branding, our professional networks and the colleagues and communities we serve and support.


IOPP profile imageIOP Publishing is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, a leading scientific society with a worldwide membership of physicists from all sectors. Complementing the Institute’s mission of promoting physics and bringing physicists together for the benefit of all, IOP Publishing provides a range of journals, ebooks, magazines, conference proceedings and websites for the scientific community. Any profits generated by the publishing company are used by the Institute to support science and scientists in both the developed and developing world.

Why work for us
IOP Publishing provides a friendly, positive, open, relaxed but purposeful environment. People who come to work here tend to stay. This is because it feels like you come to work with your friends, not just colleagues. We like to think that we’ve got the kind of environment that encourages people to do well and to enjoy what they do. We believe in treating each other with respect, providing an opportunity for you to contribute to our future. IOP Publishing is a great place to work.

Our success is made possible by the talent, energy and commitment of our people to the company and what we do. This success is founded on having the right people in the right place, in an environment in which they can flourish.

What we are looking for
As an organization, we are the sum of our parts. While we employ specialists in a range of fields, all our employees share a number of qualities and attributes: our people are professional and dedicated, talented and energetic. They work collaboratively to help us expand in a rapidly changing scientific landscape.

The IOP Publishing culture is one of growth, learning and innovation, and we are looking for people who want to develop, innovate and succeed; people who see the exciting opportunities that digital publishing has to offer.

UK, USA, China, Japan and Russia

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How to apply

Closing date
All year round

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