Vinodhan Nair

  • Mumbai 400067

Senior Manager - Publishing


Self-driven manager with experience in operations and publishing. Have worked with good success in changing environments and roles. Have developed and implemented change programs.

Results include:

  • Reducing business cost by more than 24% by improving processes and performance

Leading development of teams to implement business growth strategies

Knowledge of:

Operations Management, Project Management, Resource Planning, Change Management

Work History

Work History
Mar 2013 - Present

Senior Manager - Publishing

Packt Publishing
  • Managing of day-to-day operations and the business product pipeline.
  • Planning of resources for short-term and long-term needs to meet the business plans.
  • Setting of Key Performance Indicators to manage business performance and drive business growth.
  • Managing the performance of the team.
  • Owning and improving the performance management system of direct reports.
  • Proactively identifying problems and taking appropriate remedial actions.
  • Improve the quality assurance and quality control systems and ultimately the overall quality of the products.


Spearheaded two change programs in the teams to improve performance and make the process leaner. A pilot was initiated with a small team to check the feasibility of the new process. After its success the entire team was transitioned to the new process. Performance improved by 50% for the editors while the cost reduced by 24% due to a leaner process requiring lesser staff.

Managed multiple projects for improving efficiency of the process.

Sep 2012 - Feb 2013

Development Team Leader

Packt Publishing


Setting up a new team to handle two new products. Identifying the key deliverable and setting up all the processes and systems from scratch. This involved selection of the right set of people, developing the skill set to match the job responsibility, developing tools and guidelines to stabilize the new process.

The new product was launched successfully which helped contribute to 22% of the company's output for the year. The new product has now become an integral part of the revenue for every year.

Jan 2011 - Aug 2012

Editorial Team Leader

Packt Publishing
  • Making day-to-day decisions on the operation of the team and its processes
  • Identifying potential problems liaising with the relevant stakeholders to take appropriate actions to solve these problems
  • Manage the performance of team, including:
    • Setting daily/weekly/monthly goals for editors
    • Conducting performance reviews
    • Ensuring all processes, guidelines are well documented and adhered
  • Maintaining relationship with freelance proofreaders
  • Assisting HR with recruitment into team as well as training
  • Representing the Production team at management meetings


Setting up a new training team to manage the influx of editors in order to streamline the training process. This involved selection of the trainers and their Key Performance Indicators, a training module and a monitoring system that resulted in the best editors moving to the live team.

Managed a team of 25 editors for 3 months in the absence of more team leaders.

Aug 2009 - Dec 2010

Technical Editor

Packt Publishing

Verifying the technical accuracy of the content and testing the code

Ensuring that the author presents the material in a way that benefits the reader

Checking and verifying all facts, references and illustrations for accuracy and ensure it matches the text and is appropriate

Tackling issues such as traditional grammar, punctuation, house style, and spelling check and ensuring the language and grammar aspects are perfect in the chapter.




I prefer overcoming problems rather than letting them fester. The prospect of overcoming challenges motivates me. Solving problems quickly and efficiently is an integral part of life in operations. And this is best dealt with talking to the people directly involved in the problem to understand the problem better. One of my favorite management quotes on problem solving:

Don't find fault, find a remedy

-Henry Ford

Project Management

I have developed project management skills thanks to my experience managing multiple projects in operations. I have implemented a high number of small-scale and large-scale projects and change programs. Every product in production was an individual projects with its own requirements. My role helped me differentiate the needs of each product and act differently on them.

Desire to Learn

I find the prospect of learning something new exciting and it drives me to better myself. In order to evolve as a professional there needs to be a thirst for learning new things, which is a never-ending process.

Critical Thinker

I like to evaluate a situation from different perspectives and draw reasonable conclusions from it to form my view. I like to separate the logic from any scenario and inspect the finer details of it. Open communication with all stakeholders helps achieve best results to get all the required information.

Sense of Humor

This is a handy skill to have to ease pressure and to build rapport. People feel more at ease with someone who has this skill. Humor helps connect with people across all levels and to be an effective leader you need to have people who connect with you and your vision.


2006 - 2009

Bachelor of Science (Information Technology)

Bhavan's College (Andheri West)
2004 - 2006

Higher Secondary Certificate (Science)

Bhavan's College (Andheri West)