Senior Product Owner

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Remote - Full time

Overall Objective and description: In this role you be tasked with creating a vision for a cross- functional development team to deliver digital products. You will need to be a strategic thinker and have a strong understanding of the competitive landscape and have the ability to do market analysis to make the case on why the features you propose are of value. You will contribute to persona creation and product requirements for a development and design team to move forward. You will succeed in this work by collaborating closely with your scrum teams and other product owners and departments.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Implement product strategy and vision in order to integrate with overall program initiatives and deliver on schedule high quality products that meet customer needs
  • Articulate the product vision, roadmap, and growth opportunities
  • Take the lead of multiple scrum teams as the product owner
  • Provide vision and direction for the agile development teams and stakeholders throughout the projects
  • Create epics and user stories from multiple sources of input across multiple lines of business
  • Prioritize the backlog for multiple scrum teams
  • Participate in grooming and sizing of stories as well as acceptance of stories and features
  • Monitor milestone and release dates, and consider stakeholder interests
  • Partner with Engineering to manage trade-offs for quality product release
  • Partner with internal and external stakeholders to and provide transparency and clarity on product requirements, design, and functionality.
  • Report status and escalate as appropriate on product development, issues, product scope or prioritization changes or anything that impacts product delivery
  • Participate in research activities that validate product development efforts
  • 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
  • Maintain consistency across products by collaborating with other team leaders
  • Research and analyze market, users, and competition
  • Understands the engineer perspective, values user centered design and is diplomatic in gaining consensus


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, business or technical discipline preferred (Master’s degree a plus)
  • 7+ years managing, and leading software development projects and teams required, preferably in the education technology industry
  • Previous work with content management systems
  • Solid understanding of and prior experience leading teams with Agile methodologies and project management tools (e.g. JIRA, Confluence)
  • Agile Product Owner Certification preferred
  • Demonstrated success leading cross-functional technology project teams (PMI Certification a plus)
  • Knowledge of education technology (K-12) industry technology trends, user experience (educators,

students, and administrators), and classroom needs

Education: Must have a bachelor’s degree 

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Product Management

Experience Level

Senior Level

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape.
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