Licensing Manager - Open Access x2
Any of our hubs - UK
2d ago

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Licensing Managers - Open Access x2

Contract : 12 month Fixed Term contract

Location : Hybrid or at any of our hubs

Salary : circa £42,000 per annum when working full time (35 hours per week)

About us

We believe in Technology for Good’ in improving lives through education and research. Our people want to make a real change at Jisc, everyone plays a key role and gets the chance to feel part of it, that to us is the definition of a meaningful career.

Being a social enterprise means that no matter how small our individual actions are, the positive impact on our collective is huge.

We’re a place unlike any other, where the best of education fuses with the best of technology to create a unique model with unique opportunities and interesting problems to solve in a diverse and inclusive environment.

It’s what keeps our work varied, original and surprising and that’s why we love it.

We’re gearing up for our most exciting chapter yet one with the chance to both build new systems and make our mark by improving old ones.

Our story will be written by those ready to take on challenges and see them through; the kind of people who never stop learning, celebrating differences and using it to drive better solutions.

This fantastic opportunity sits within our Digital Resources directorate who delivers services that support the procurement, licensing, management, discovery and use of content and software for UK further education, higher education and research.

Our work areas are : licensing (content and software), open research, content and discovery

About you :

We know that sometimes people can be off applying for a job if they think they can’t tick every box. But we realise the perfect candidate’ doesn’t exist.

So, if you can do most of what we are looking for, go ahead and apply. You could be exactly what we need!

This a great opportunity to be part of our work on transformative open access arrangements and supporting the implementation of Plan S and UK research funder policies.

We need a highly motivated licensing manager who has experience in negotiating complex and multi-faceted agreements. You’ll be an exceptional communicator, with the ability to think tactically, and make compelling submissions to publishers on behalf of the UK academic community and UK research funders.

We’re ideally looking for someone with :

  • Experience in academic publishing and / or academic libraries and / or research offices in Higher Education or research.
  • A great understanding of open access and research in the UK, Europe, and internationally.
  • Previous work in academic and / or electronic publishing or related industries
  • A strong understanding of the issues related to the licensing, negotiation, and provision of digital content particularly for smaller, society publishers.
  • The role :

    This role gives the opportunity to work at the forefront of the transition to open access and to work closely with institutions, funders, and other consortia internationally.

    As a licensing manager, you’ll negotiate the best possible open access agreements in support of the forthcoming UK Research and Innovation open access policy.

    Working on behalf of universities and their students you will work collaboratively with institutions and publishers to secure innovative agreements that will open up publicly funded research to all.

    You’ll champion long-term relationships with libraries, publishers, intermediaries and research managers and have and maintain an excellent knowledge of the UK funding and policy environment.

    Through your work on establishing pioneering agreements you will contribute to defining the future of scholarly publishing, during and after the transition to open access.

    Why work at Jisc :

    We want to make sure our people have the flexibility they need to balance their personal lives and do well at work. So, we focus on outputs rather than presenteeism and are open to a whole range of ways of working, including flexible hours and working from home.

    We’re always learning and developing. All our people have access to a huge variety of learning resources to help them achieve this.

    Our benefits are great too. We offer :

  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays and three additional days Christmas closure) and flexible agile working
  • A range of health and wellbeing benefits, including access to wellbeing support
  • The option to join a generous pension scheme
  • A wide range of discounts, a cycle scheme, financial wellbeing savings and season ticket loans, as well as a range of other benefits
  • We also offer generous parental leave arrangements, career breaks and volunteer leave
  • Connecting with each other is easy, thanks to our technology but getting face to face is something we value and find time for when we can.

    Our main offices are Bristol, London, Harwell and Manchester, so you may need to travel on occasion.

    Other stuff you need to know :

    At Jisc we celebrate diversity and know that it is critical to our success. We work hard to make sure we’re inclusive. So, if you’re great at what you do and share our values, we want to hear from you.

    Let us know if you need any adjustments made to the application or selection process so you can do your best. We’ll be happy to help.

    Just so you know, we review CV’s when we receive them , and interview as soon as we have applications that look like a good match.

    We don’t usually use closing dates, so apply as soon as you can to avoid missing out. We advertised this role on 24 / 9 / 21.

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