Senior Product Manager

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Boston, Massachusetts - Full time

Summary

As a Senior Product Manager, you will provide leadership and vision for a cross-functional product development team to develop an innovative platform for the K-12 classroom.

Responsibilities

As a team leader for HMH’s teaching and learning platform,provide overarching leadership, strategy, and product management for all product development efforts of a cross-functional team (including engineering, editorial, design, research, marketing, and QA). This includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:

  • Implement product strategy and vision in order to integrate with overall program initiatives and deliver high quality products on schedule that meet customer needs
  • Lead Agile product development team as Product Owner for medium to large projects by establishing product vision for aspects of the platform, leading the product development effort, managing Sprint planning and review, prioritizing the Product Backlog, writing and sizing user stories, monitoring milestone and release dates, and considering stakeholder interests
  • Partner with Engineering to determine product features and manage trade-offs for quality product release
  • Partner with internal stakeholders to determine direction and obtain approval on product requirements, design, and functionality
  • Partner with marketing, research, and other key stakeholders to determine product definition and requirements that meet customer needs
  • Practice effective risk mitigation: Prioritize and make trade-offs to ensure delivery of product on time and within budget, while maintaining educational integrity of products
  • Effectively lead and manage change within the organization by building consensus and open communication among all stakeholders
  • Manage project resources (budget, schedule, and internal/external staffing) and prioritize allocation
  • Maintain consistency across products by collaborating with other team leaders
  • Proactively communicate to internal and external stakeholders at all levels, including but not limited to:
    • Product development status and issue escalation to leadership and support teams
    • Project scope changes, prioritization reasoning, and decisions affecting product delivery
    • Market and industry key trends and changes
  • Ability to perform other duties as required

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, business or technical discipline (Master’s degree a plus)
  • 5+ years managing and leading educational software development projects and teams
  • 5+ years in education technology industry
  • Solid understanding of and prior experience leading teams with Agile methodologies and project management tools (e.g. JIRA, Confluence)
  • AgileProduct OwnerCertification preferred
  • Demonstrated success leading cross-functional technology project teams (PMI Certification a plus)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

Other

  • Knowledge of education technology (K-12) industry including intervention program best practices, technology trends, user experience (educators, students, and administrators), and classroom needs
  • Ability to encourage team creativity and innovation
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to proactively and creatively solve problems
  • Ability to build strong collaborative internal and external relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and tight timelines
  • Strong conflict management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to easily communicate to varying audiences
  • Travel to participate in department-wide planning meetings, conferences, and/or customer or field test school locations.

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Role

Product Management

Experience Level

Mid Level

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners.

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