Cengage Learning Content Developer in Farmington Hills, Michigan


The Content Developer is responsible for project managing the preparation and delivery of high-quality, media-neutral content for specific, assigned Gale K12 e-books and database products within a changing market and competitive landscape. The Content Developer works collaboratively with various stakeholders to ensure content for assigned projects meets requirements and is delivered on schedule and within budget.


  • Understands overall strategy for assigned product(s); accountable for Gale revenue plan and growth targets and understands assigned product(s) performance as it relates to overall plan.

  • Serves as content expert for assigned projects; provides accurate and timely content information for use by Sales, Marketing, Product Management, and Technology.

  • Accountable for successful preparation of media-neutral content for assigned products that meets schedule, quality, and cost requirements via effective vendor management, time and resource management, and collaboration.

  • Understands production workflow for assigned products; delivers content that meets Gale and CL technical requirements. Successfully completes tasks that prepare content for customer access, including content updating, preparation, copyediting, proofreading, and other content acquisition and preparation tasks executed by editorial staff, outside contributors and vendors, and subject matter experts. Successfully manages product generation activities, including text design, cover/package design, photo research and acquisition, art rendering, indexing, permissions closings, composition, and electronic file deliveries.

  • Accountable for managing product budgets, including accurate cost estimating, tracking, reporting, and effective contract negotiation.

  • Manages publishing schedules and workflows for assigned projects.

  • Monitors customer feedback, industry trends and competitor products and services and makes recommendations for appropriate action.

  • Performs additional responsibilities as needed, and applies talents to new situations and changing/ambiguous environments.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

  • Experience in an editorial or content production environment.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively, provide feedback in a constructive manner and relate product requirements succinctly and effectively.

  • Ability to define and implement product/content criteria and guidelines.

  • Ability to learn about digital data standards and data conversion procedures; ability to use production system tools, standard software packages and specialized applications, including parsing programs.

  • Capable of managing change and operating in an ambiguous environment.

  • Able to successfully juggle multiple projects and to prioritize tasks.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Familiarity with publishing business and financial models.

  • Working knowledge of contracts, forms and agreements; ability to manage negotiations.

  • Ability to carefully monitor and manage budgets.

Requisition ID 2017-3540

Job Locations US-MI-Farmington Hills

Posted Date 8/10/2017

Job Function Editorial