Director (m/f/d) Content Innovation

Springer-Verlag GmbH

📍Heidelberg or London
📑 Permanent contract
⏱ Full time
📐 Engineering
💼 Lead
💼 Professional


Media (Film, Radio, Television, Publishing)


  • To drive the creation of new content types that will enable greater and more rapid growth and development of Springer Nature’s Research Publishing business. This will work outside of the existing Research Publishing business units but work with them to create content that can power and scale them upon handover to them once tested.
  • Key to success in this role is strong expertise in the tech industry, including markets such as China and India.
  • Key responsibilities include:
  • Discover – work closely with customers, partners, and colleagues to identify new opportunities for greater revenue growth and better serving the needs of research(ers)
  • Undertake research, monitor new trends, technologies and techniques to understand and consider all possibilities
  • Track competitors, work with market research, editorial colleagues, technology colleagues and others in pursuit of these insights
  • Develop – be a leader in the content innovation process and team
  • Apply a rapid, agile process of content design which includes testing, refining and application
  • Design new content that meets identified needs covering both human and machine readable applications
  • Plan – work closely with publishing and editorial, technology, and the commercial teams to plan new opportunities
  • Work with commercial colleagues and strategic marketing colleagues to establish suitable business models and go to market plans to meet these needs
  • Work with publishing, editorial, technology, other internal colleagues and external partners as needed to develop plans, milestones, etc. to deliver on these opportunities at scale
  • Implement – transition implementation responsibilities to relevant business unit
  • Work with relevant business unit to transition implementation, scaling and responsibilities to accelerate success, acting as advisers and trainers as needed to support this success
  • Develop and agree formal documentation for handovers with heads of relevant business units
  • Leadership – contribute actively to the Springer Nature leadership team to develop, agree and communicate a strategic narrative that we will use to guide and inspire the entire group.
  • Contribute to setting out the content innovation purpose and its goals to colleagues
  • Contribute fully to the development of strategic objectives and tactical goals of the company
  • Work closely to support and engage with the other leaders to create a culture that is mutually supportive with teams that work together to best serve the needs of our external communities
  • Responsibility for driving diversity, equity and inclusion within the Content Innovation team

Hard skills

  • Proven expertise in the tech industry, including markets such as China and India
  • Successful track record in planning, leading and delivering great innovative content
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Experience of working with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Significant experience in customer facing, successful digital content and/or products, ideally including high degrees of community interaction
  • Experience of building successful investment cases
  • Ability to manage multiple stakeholders and evidence of successful implementation of strategies, programmes of initiatives in large, complex organisations achieved on strength of personal credibility and working through people rather than positional power
  • Track record of working across geographies and with different nationalities and cultures
  • Proven ability as a self-starter and results focused
  • Comfortable working with less process oriented and structured functions (e. g. editorial)
  • Experience with presenting to and working with senior management
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to build both internal and external relationships
  • The flexibility to work with a varied workload, often under pressure
  • Flexibility to travel regularly
  • (Desirable) knowledge and experience of the world of science
  • Personal characteristics
  • Ultimately we are looking to recruit someone with an innovative mind-set and the creativity to implement great new content types which meet the needs of our customers and enable rapid and sustainable growth
  • We appreciate a constant aim for excellence and performance driven approach
  • Intellectual confidence to challenge status quo

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