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Frontiers - Commissioning Manager


UK, Remote

Salary Benefits

Competitive package offered


15 November 2022

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15 December 2022


We are on a mission to make science open so everyone can live healthy lives on a healthy planet.

Who we are

Frontiers is an award-winning open science platform and leading open access scholarly publisher.

We are one of the largest and most cited publishers globally. To date, our 200,000 freely available research articles have received more than 1 billion views and downloads and 2 million citations. Our journals span science, health, humanities and social sciences, engineering, and sustainability. And we continue to expand into new academic disciplines so more researchers can publish open access.

Be part of the publishing revolution and help us transform the way research is published, evaluated, and communicated to the world.

The Role

We are seeking a driven and target-oriented professional for the role of Commissioning Manager. This role provides an excellent opportunity to be a part of our growth plan and will be instrumental in achieving our company’s mission to make science open!

You will be responsible for ensuring the success of article collections, including development of new strategies for content acquisition and effective communication with Guest Editors. You will also recruit, train and look after the development of a team of Commissioning Specialists within the Publishing Development department.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for driving high quality submissions to themed article collections and accountable for meeting submission targets and objectives.
  • Responsible for accurate reporting on submissions progress to targets, timely flagging of issues and identifying actions to resolve them
  • Support the Head of Program in assessing workload across the commissioning team and allocate resources effectively
  • Make recommendations for internal process optimization to ensure team efficiency and productivity
  • Collaborate with internal departments to ensure efficiency and scalability of article collections operations
  • Lead a Commissioning Team within a publishing program, responsible for overall Commissioning Team performance, recruitment and training of new team members and their continued development


  • Demonstrated experience in people management
  • Target driven and business focused
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English
  • Collaborative and professional
  • Proactive, solution oriented
  • Aptitude for digesting large amounts of information, and reacting effectively to urgent situations
  • Ability to work independently, be highly organized and meet deadlines
  • Proven experience in process optimization would be a plus
  • Professional experience in the publishing industry may be preferable

Application Process

Your application must include:
1. A cover letter and CV
2. The indication of your earliest availability


With more than 50 nationalities represented in our global team, you will work regularly with teammates in other countries, and with our community of researchers, editors, and authors from around the globe.

Our mission to create solutions for healthy lives also extends to the working environment we provide for our employees.

This includes:

  • 100% remote working
  • Employees now have the flexibility to choose where they want to work, with remote working available on a part- or full-time basis (not applicable to some Workplace/IT jobs due to nature of role requiring presence onsite, in the office).
  • Learning and development
  • All employees have access to LinkedIn Learning (and Pluralsight for our technology team), an annual personal learning budget, and dedicated L&D time.


We offer free online yoga classes, an employee assistance plan, access to the Headspace app, and four wellbeing days on top of your annual leave allowance.

Volunteering opportunities

Employees can dedicate three days each year to volunteer for a personal cause or through our volunteering partner platform, Alaya.

Frontiers actively embraces diversity and is a safe and welcoming workplace. Recruitment is free from discrimination – including based on race, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. With over 600 employees from more than 50 different nations, our diversity creates vibrant teams and constantly challenges us to appreciate multiple perspectives.



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