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Manager, OA Strategy

Education changes lives forever. It broadens horizons, breaks down barriers, and fires imaginations. Like the University of Oxford, of which we are a part, we are committed to uncompromising standards, freedom of expression, and the enrichment of lives through education. This is our motivation, our purpose, and our mission. It is why 100% of the money we make is reinvested into education and research. It is why all 6,000 of us in 52 countries care deeply about reaching more people in more places, with world-class learning and research materials and services.

About the Role

This is a part- time role (21 hours per week)

Open access (OA) is a central and rapidly-expanding part of the Press’s publishing. Our team, part of the Academic division, manages and develops the Press’s OA journals publishing and policy.

We are recruiting for a Manager, OA Strategy to evaluate and deliver on OUP’s approach to designated and developing areas of OA. The Manager will consider new OA strategies, policy initiatives, and opportunities, will propose OUP’s response to senior management for approval, and will then lead OUP’s implementation and communication in that area. They will also manage and continually improve the data and reporting underpinning the OUP open access programme and effectively communicate OA strategy internally.  

This exciting role in a vital area is essential to the smooth running and development of our OA journals publishing programme and will also be responsible for the following:

  • Produce sophisticated analysis and interpretation of OA data, and make recommendations to senior management based on that analysis to inform strategic decision making.
  • Manage external relationships with specified key OA organisations
  • Manage relationships with critical and high value ‘Read and Publish’ customers in Europe
  • As part of the wider OA team, provide strategic input on all other aspects of OA policy and best practice

About You

We believe that the skills you bring to OUP are just a starting point. We want you to have the opportunity to expand your abilities, and innovate and develop in areas which both interest you, and support your aspirations.

If you are analytical and a good communicator with a passion for education and publishing looking for a new challenge in a supportive, creative and innovative team, then this opportunity will interest you. 

The successful candidate will have:

  • Publishing or transferable professional experience
  • Strong understanding of open access, including business models, sales models, policy initiatives, and the opportunities, sensitivities, and challenges of open access models. 
  • Good understanding of journals publishing, including editorial processes, production processes, marketing, industry trends, systems, competitors, and technology.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to influence, persuade, and negotiate both internal and external parties.
  • Strong data analysis and visualisation skills. Ability to synthesise complex data and make clear recommendations based on those data.


We care about work/life balance here at OUP. With this in mind, we offer 25 days’ holiday that rises with service, plus bank holidays and Christmas closure (3-days) and a 35-hour working week. We are open to discussing flexibility in respect of working hours and the use of technology to support remote working, dependent on role. We also have an on-site gym with subsidised membership fees and a great variety of active employee networks and societies. 

We help make your money go further by contributing to your pension up to 11%, offering loans and savings schemes through our partnership with Salary Finance, in addition to travel to work schemes and access to a wide range of local discounts. 

Please see our Rewards and Recognition page for more information.


Please contact should you have any queries.

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce, and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

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OUP UK - Oxford
Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Division:
  • Department:
    Journals Editorial HumSoc
  • Closing Date:
    24 January 2021
  • Salary:
    Dependent on skills & experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Part Time
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