Web Product Manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in New York, NY

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Job Requisition ID: 15376

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Based in New York and reporting to the Director of Web Strategy + eCommerce, this role will manage the most visible marketing channel HMH has – hmhco.com. The Website Product Manager will be responsible for prioritization and execution of the roadmap and tactical day-to-day product management for the website. They will also work with the Director of Web Strategy + eCommerce on setting the strategy, user experience, and KPI’s for our site based on priorities and high-level requirements from business stakeholders.


Key Qualities: thrives in change, comfortable with the unknown, thoughtful but decisive, strong writer, can “shift gears” quickly, balance of technical and business acumen, detail-oriented but can “see the big picture”, excellent multi-channel communication skills, curious and eager to learn


Primary Responsibilities

  1. Product Ownership
    • Drive day-to-day roadmap prioritization and sprint planning/grooming with IT Solution Delivery team

    • Effectively create user stories for IT by clearly articulating front-end requirements, authoring experience, and acceptance criteria in Jira

    • Perform User Acceptance Testing for ahead of release to ensure feature enhancements and bug fixes are being delivered to spec

    • Identify user needs, build mechanisms for gathering user feedback, understand pain points and uncover opportunities

  2. Strategy

    • Work closely with Director to manage the overall website as a product, including feature development, roadmap, and backlog of feature requests

    • Work closely with stakeholders across the company to align strategies, roadmaps, dependencies, and releases with business priorities for maximum impact

    • Use data and analytics to identify opportunities to improve user experience, service quality, efficiency, and effectiveness for the site

  3. Metrics & Business Performance

    • Help identify KPIs and metrics of success critical to evolving the website, and help drive the creation of effective and efficient internal reporting with Analytics team

    • Report updates on website performance, including traffic, viewership, search requests, etc; proactively identify opportunities to optimize and improve the site

    • Report to Marketing leadership regularly on site development to show progress toward and impact on projects or goals


Knowledge & Skills

  • Technical
    • Product Management: 3+ years required
    • B2B products: 3 years required
    • Agile experience
    • "Virtual" team experience (Experience working with team members in different locations)
    • Familiarity managing an on-site search application required
    • Familiarity with Enterprise-level systems architecture/integrations required
    • Familiarity with eCommerce functionality (PIM, content personalization, checkout) preferred
    • Product Owner Certification a plus
  • General
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills using various digital communication tools required
    • Strong technical background required
    • User-centric, goal-driven, evidence-driven 
    • Ability to "translate" technical ideas and concepts into terms a non-technical audience would understand
    • Experience working at a large (1000+ employees) company: 2+ years preferred
    • Experience working in various design, project management, and analytics tools like Adobe CC Suite, Sketch, Jira, Confluence, Workfront, Google Analytics preferred (the more, the better)
    • Experience working in various types of content/product management tools like CraftCMS, Wordpress, Hybris, Sitecore, Drupal, IBM WebSphere preferred (the more, the better)


Key Contacts

  • Internal: Digital Marketing counterparts; Product Marketing - business stakeholders; IT Solution Delivery ("Plan" team); front and back-end developers ("Build" and "Run" teams)
  • External: Third parties used for overflow development needs


Education Level or Relevant Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 2 years' minimum experience



  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing) for 4+ hours.
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.
  • Minimal travel:  0-10% 


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. 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. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

For more information, visit http://careers.hmhco.com 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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