Manager, Scientific Content Acquisition

Date: Jan 5, 2022

Location: Columbus, OH, US, 43202

Company: American Chemical Society

CAS uses intuitive technology, unparalleled scientific content and unmatched human expertise to help companies create groundbreaking innovations that benefit the world. As the scientific information solutions division of the American Chemical Society, CAS manages the largest curated reservoir of scientific knowledge, and for 114 years, has helped innovators mine, assess and apply that information to keep businesses thriving. The CAS team is global, diverse, endlessly curious and strives to make scientific insights accessible to innovators worldwide.


The Manager, Scientific Content Acquisition is responsible for optimal and efficient operation of the team and resource deployment to achieve department and production, quality, and currency objectives related to CAS database-building. Leads a team of Content Acquisition Scientists and Content Operations Support staff involved in various aspects of content acquisition and operations. The role reports directly to an Assistant Director, Scientific Information in Content Operations.



Position Accountabilities

1.            Leads goal achievement for Journal Acquisitions team (~9 people) and Primary Literature Preparation functions (~12 people reporting to 2 supervisors). Ensures team’s database building contributions meet CAS’ high standards for quality, currency, and other goals of the organization, enabling CAS databases and products to remain world-class.  Guides optimal and efficient operation of team and resources.  Develops and manages team’s plans, goals, performance metrics, and budget in alignment with Department and Division strategic goals and leadership.  Makes effective and efficient use of available resources to achieve goals. Creates shared vision and defines clear roles and objectives for team. Oversees progress and inspires high performance for the team.

2.            Manages talent and culture using best practices. Cultivates positive, respectful environment in which people desire to work. Inspires employee engagement and high performance, appreciates and recognizes efforts and results, coaches and provides feedback. Fosters learning and career development. Enhances culture across teams led personally and across the Content Operations organization.

3.            Actively participates in planning, designing, and implementing improvements to e-content acquisition workflow processes and systems.  Fosters identification of continuous improvement opportunities.  Manages execution of plans that support increased organizational effectiveness, boosts operational efficiencies, and involves the team.

4.            Mitigates risk and solves problems. Exercises good judgment, discerns the action needed for team problems and issues, uses analytical skills, and makes good decisions as appropriate for role. Escalates issues appropriately, promptly, and proactively with leadership, HR, or other contacts. Maintains confidentiality.

5.            Participates and leads projects and action plans that benefit the team, department in conjunction with division and CAS strategic plans. 

6.            Models collaborative leadership and ensures alignment across diverse stakeholders. Maintain beneficial relations with publishers. Ensure contracts are maintained and new contracts are implemented. Effectively manage the Journal Acquisitions non-wage budget.  Maintain overall responsibility for Publisher Authority Files for all publishers.  

7.              Effectively manages acquisition and bibliographic projects with global partners. Ensures documentation is created and maintained for each process. Coordinates the allocation of documents to each of the offshore partners based on receipts, available resources, and budget. Ensures clear communication with the global partners and provide timely feedback to ensure quality of their work.

8.            Champions cultural and other changes using best practices and in tandem with leadership and Human Resources.  Grows skills in managing change and building positive culture. Enhances improves change agility for self and others.

9.            Ensures team grows knowledge and ability about team, Department, CO, and CAS. Continuously improves own and team’s knowledge of current policies, practices, processes, technology, publishers, and information affecting the team, department, CO division, and CAS.

10.           Establishes and sustains customer experience top-of-mind for individual contributors. Leads team in ways that positively affect customers and our CAS brand. 



Minimum Education/Experience/Competencies/Technological Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry or science required. Graduate degree in library science, chemistry, science, business, or related field preferred – but not required.
  • Two or more years of experience in people management.
  • Knowledge of Content Operations processes and CAS content or comparable external experience with science-related solutions, information/intellectual property, or transformation in related industry
  • Experience working on projects desirable
  • Strong interpersonal skills and good communicator
  • Continuous improvement mindset


CAS offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation plan, medical, dental, vision insurance plans, and employee savings and retirement plans.  Candidates for this position must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future.  EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.



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