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Content and Product Strategy




Job title

Content Strategist

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Organisational Context


Reports to

Head - Content Strategy


Direct reports






Indirect reports




Functional reports



Important contacts:





Director - Education Segment,  Director Sales, Director marketing, Senior Project Manager, Content Development Specialists, Senior Operations Manager, Project Coordinators, Sales and Marketing Teams, Production Team



Editors, Authors


Budget responsibility



Purpose of the Job


The Content Strategist is responsible for the development, management and execution of a customer-focused content publishing strategy for the assigned list in Health Sciences, in line with Elsevier India’s strategy to become a full service health information provider.

The role is accountable for defining the content development plan including text and multimedia components, acquiring and managing products; negotiating with authors and other parties; directing product development; scheduling; adhering to product and departmental budgets.

The Content Strategist operates as an individual contributor within the diverse, exciting and diligent Publishing team, working in close partnership with academicians and key stakeholders at various academic institutions, students as well as internal colleagues including Publishers, Project Managers and Project Coordinators from the Editorial and Publishing Operations team, Sales and Marketing teams as well as production teams in Gurgaon/ Chennai.


Key Result Areas

Main Activities and Responsibilities


Content Strategy

§ Develop education solutions and programs including print, electronic and multimedia products that are aligned with overall Elsevier India strategy and serves the unmet needs of market.
§ Develop local, reusable and exportable content that is an integral part of our end-users work and study lives.
§ Drive growth in the local HS publishing revenues via expansion of the local publishing program in the designated area and increased focus on e-learning.
§ Continuously look for opportunities to expand and optimize the education solutions portfolio in line with evolving market needs
§ Provide updates to content strategy as required


List Management

§ Publish new editions  with regular revision cycles.
§ Achieve annual objectives in respect to number of titles signed and frontlist targets.
§ Develop new project ideas and revision cycles for existing projects, under the guidance of the Senior Content Strategists and Director Content and Product Strategy.
§  Undertake market research to ascertain market acceptability of projects prior to preparation and presentation of a publishing proposal.
§ Ensure all proposal criteria are addressed and the presented projects are commercially viable through appropriate research and preparation.
§ Present publishing proposals to all stakeholders for necessary discussion and approval.
§ Undertake contractual negotiations with author prospects and issue final contracts after appropriate approvals from senior management.
§ Report to Publishing Committee/ other stakeholders regarding manuscript progress and changes to schedules.                                                                                                                             
§ Liaise with Content Strategists in other Elsevier offices regarding adaptations to ensure open channels of communication are maintained.
§ Ensure that the terms of adaptation agreements are fulfilled.
§ Ensure that proposed publishing/ adaptation specifications meet market needs and publishing requirements.
§ Work with Project Managers to ensure effective handover of manuscripts to Chennai.


Customer and Market Knowledge

§ Build a high level of market knowledge.
§ Develop strong product knowledge including that of competitors.
§ Continually monitor market and competitor trends and activities.
§ Establish a network of contacts, identify potential authors from current and emerging opinion leaders, educators and clinicians


Financial Responsibility

§ Manage the yearly commissioning and publishing targets and ensure these areas are well aligned with the growth plans for the organization
§ Work closely with the other Content Strategists where applicable to ensure team targets are addressed


Internal teamwork and collaboration

§ Present new product information at sales conferences.
§ Contribute to formation of marketing plans.
§ Undertake regular field calling with Territory Managers and independently
§ Work closely with sales colleagues to train the sales colleagues on selling propositions of upcoming titles.


Department and Divisional initiatives

§ Embrace new workflow  practices
§ Participate in divisional initiatives as needed


Key Competencies (Aligned with ECF)




Level Description


Displays High Integrity and Honesty

Level 3

Willingly speaks up and asks tough questions on ethical issues.
Seeks out all sides of an argument or issue.
Challenges those who act against the core values.
Stands up for his/her own opinion but is able to take onboard other opinions.
Works for the common good of the team or organisation without letting go of personal values or ethics.


Develops Strategic Perspective

Level 2

Demonstrates a clear understanding of how individual and team’s work links to the overall business strategy.
Effectively balances “daytoday” deliverables with the broader business goals.
Looks forward to the future to determine goals for the team and individuals.


Takes Initiative

Level 3

Proactively addresses business demands.
Fosters a team attitude of going above and beyond minimum requirements.
Coaches team members on how to take action in the face of ambiguity.
Avoids procrastination that may be damaging to the team or business.
Rewards individuals  for going above and beyond expectations.


Technical and Professional Expertise

Level 3

Applies a depth of knowledge and understanding to own work  and relates to overall business context.
Applies a breadth of knowledge across multiple functions and projects on behalf of the team.
Actively champions the team’s technical knowledge within the organisation.
Sought out due to indepth knowledge and experience.



Level 3

Actively contributes to team culture of innovation.
Encourages and supports others to share new ideas.
Focuses innovative effort on highest impact issues and areas.
Is willing to take calculated risks.
Learns quickly from success and failure  and effectively applies learning.


Communicates Powerfully and Prolifically

Level 3

Provides a definite sense of direction and purpose.
Provides people with a clear understanding of how their work fits within a wider organisation.
Delivers presentations clearly and with high impact.
Develops a trusted 2way communication interface between the team and stakeholders.


Collaboration and Teamwork

Level 3

Promotes a high level of cooperation between all members of the work group.
Looks for ways for team to work with other teams and divisions.
Achieves objectives requiring a high level of cooperation from people in other parts of the organisation.
Takes the lead in resolving conflict within a work group.
Keeps team informed of all relevant information affecting the organisation, team members and their work.


Functional and Technical Competencies


§ Market research skills.
§ Acute commercial awareness.
§ Group presentation skills.
§ Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
§ Negotiation skills.
§ Computer literate and familiar with MS Office applications.
§ Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
§ Creative and strategic thinker.
§ Capacity to balance both short-term and medium-term priorities.
§ Highly organised.
§ Ability to communicate with peers and managers
§ High level of confidence


Education, Knowledge, Skills and Experiences (and any other requirements)


§ Graduate in a scientific discipline with 2-3 years of experience in commissioning or related fields
§ Demonstrated understanding of the tertiary educational marketplace in Health Sciences (essential)
§ Understanding of the publishing process (essential)
§ Medical experience (preferred)
§ Experience in commissioning new titles and managing new editions (preferred)
§ Understanding of sales and marketing function in relation to promotion of educational texts and resources (essential)
§ Good standard of general education & English (essential)


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