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Content Development Specialist

Job Overview


Job Title: Content Development Specialist

Contract: Permanent (Full-Time)

Salary: £39,540

Location: BMA House, London - UK (Hybrid)

Application Closing Date: 3rd September 2023


BMJ is a global healthcare knowledge provider with a vision for a healthier world. We share knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare outcomes. 

We are recruiting for a new role to work across our diverse portfolio of specialist medical journals. The Content Development Specialist will help to implement a new clinical research content development strategy to support the aim of our journals to disseminate high quality articles to researchers and clinicians. The Content Development Specialist will research, commission, and supervise the delivery of clinical research content that is relevant to strategically targeted readership groups.

Working closely with journal Editors and Publishers, the role holder will join the content development team to shape and enhance content pipelines and manage a streamlined and efficient operation to deliver BMJ’s content development programme.



  • Implementing the content development strategy to procure and sustain engaging clinical content in targeted therapeutic fields

  • Undertake research into emerging clinical output trends to support an evidence-based content development programme

  • Work with Editors and marketing to write proposals and calls for papers

  • Manage editors, authors and peer reviewers to ensure timely delivery of manuscripts 

  • Meet content development targets across multiple therapeutic areas 

  • Monitor and report accurately on content development progress against targets, proactively flagging issues and identifying actions to resolve them


Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • A BSc in a scientific, medical or health field or equivalent experience would be desirable

  • Ideally 1-2 years of experience in scholarly publishing and an understanding of open access and the scientific research to publication process

  • Experience of commissioning packages of content would be desirable 

  • Proactive and able to manage workload in order to meet targets and deadlines

  • Good project management and organisational skills including the ability to manage multiple projects 

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with people at all levels of seniority

  • Strong computer literacy and familiarity with publishing indexing platforms such as Web of Science and online manuscript submission systems

Why work for us

Help us create a healthier world. We are a global healthcare knowledge provider. We publish The BMJ, one of the world’s most impactful medical journals and over 70 influential speciality journals. We offer digital tools to help health professionals worldwide tackle critical healthcare challenges. Find out more about us here

Flexible Work and Workplace Perks

  • Flexible work available to all employees: Remote first; Core hours; 9-day fortnight
  • Discounted onsite gym and fitness classes 
  • Subsidised canteen

Generous benefits

  • Generous double-matching employer pension contribution, up to 12%
  • Discounted dental and travel insurance
  • Seven x salary life assurance cover and a generous income protection package
  • Discounted gym membership, cycle-to-work and season ticket loan
  • Discounts for retail and leisure products through MyReward 

Work-life balance and wellbeing

  • Twenty-five days holiday + bank holidays + a BMJ Day off.
  • Additional holiday through long service; buy up to 5 additional days 
  • Leave for moving house, volunteering or getting married
  • Concierge service Seniorcare by Lottie

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are not buzzwords to us, but fundamental company priorities
  • We believe that a diverse workforce brings unique strengths and insights, enabling us to better serve our customers and drive positive change in our industry. 
  • If you are from an under-represented or historically marginalised community, we are particularly interested in hearing from you. 
  • Join our employee-led networks focusing on Gender, Race and Cultural Diversity, Sexual Orientation, Mental Health and Well-being, Parents and Carers and Age.
  • Disability Confident Committed employer

Learning & Development

  • Personal development plan 
  • Mentoring scheme
  • Career Coaching
  • Opportunities to pursue professional development

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