Product Manager, Author and Reviewer Products

Date: Jul 1, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Division and Unit Overview


The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific membership association and one of the top five scholarly 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 70+ high-quality peer-reviewed journals that cover the breadth of chemistry and allied fields, as well as peer reviewed books and reference works (ACS Reagents, ACS Guide to Scholarly Communications). 


Within the ACS Publications Division, the Global Editorial Operations team performs three main functions: 

  • Editorial Services, charged with overseeing the editorial operations for our 700+ offices, developing and implementing policies and strategies to ensure that high quality peer review continues to be a cornerstone of ACS Publications, at scale;
  • Product Development, charged with overseeing author and reviewer products, including ChemRxiv, ACS’s Author and Reviewer Labs, the 
  • ACS Publishing Center, revenue generating Supplementary Covers, and our suite of for-fee authoring services; 
  • Publishing Integrity & Partner Services, charged with overseeing publishing ethics, data validation, and DEIR initiatives through the Publishing Integrity Office, as well as developing products and services to support editorial stakeholders, including all editors within the ACS journals portfolio and partner journals.


Position Summary & Accountabilities

The Product Manager, Author and Reviewer Products will be responsible for the maintenance of a suite of products that support the ACS author and reviewer communities. This includes ACS Authoring Services as well as two educational products, ACS Author Lab and ACS Reviewer Lab. The Product Manager will also be included in the development of new author products and services, including ongoing development of the ACS Publishing Center.

The qualified candidate should have excellent written and verbal communication with both technical and nontechnical audiences. Candidates should demonstrate strong business acumen, attention to detail, leadership, and analytical skills. A background in STM publishing, along with a working understanding of the peer-review process are a plus but not required.


Key Job Functions

  • Executes and manages the strategy, planning, development, and optimization for assigned products
  • Provides day-to-day management of vendor relationships
  • Prioritizes each product’s roadmaps and backlog
  • Collaborates with IT, marketing, digital transformation and editorial development on development, testing, and release of key product features
  • Identifies and reports on key milestones and KPI’s
  • Builds relationships and a shared vision for each project’s outcome
  • Coordinates with ACS International colleagues to provide country-specific promotion of products and services
  • Analyzes markets and monitors the competitive landscape and competitor statistics
  • Assists in management of budgets and working closely with colleagues to track budgets
  • Works with Marketing to coordinate campaigns to drive growth
  • Gathers and utilizes user feedback as appropriate
  • Develops forecasts and annual targets


Position Requirements

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent combination of education, certifications, and experience in areas of related discipline, such as product management, business, engineering or similar. Minimum of 5 or more years of relevant experience 
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, analytical, and organizational skills 
  • Experience working with Web-based applications or e-learning system preferred
  • Experience in scholarly publishing preferred



Position Summary



This position will be primarily based in the D.C. office. ACS offers hybrid work arrangement of three days per week working in the office and two days per week working remotely. New employees are immediately eligible for this hybrid work arrangement. ACS offers relocation assistance, if applicable.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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