The Hired Guns are looking for an experienced Senior Product Manager to play the role of strong number two to the Director of Product at a top-ranked financial news and information site. This client is definitely the big time, baby! They are looking to transform their well-respected digital institution into an even more vital destination for audience and advertisers alike. Their goal is to revolutionize how financial news is presented online while improving monetization and increasing uniques and retention. If you’re a leader, a problem-solver, and a consummate juggler of competing priorities, we want to hear from you!
This is definitely not your first rodeo. You have a track record of successfully envisioning, roadmapping and managing digital products in a content-publishing environment. Your experience with web, mobile, video and social products make you a well-rounded force to be reckoned with. As product managers go, you are definitively a techie: you have an in-depth understanding of Internet technologies and know what is and isn’t feasible (meaning, you can write an actionable functional spec for a dev team that won’t look like it’s out of Fantasyland).
On top of that, you know how to navigate in a corporate atmosphere with multiple high-level stakeholders while keeping a close eye on strategy, and are a veritable Rosetta Stone in translating between tech, marketing, and senior management. You are an assertive and effective leader, but aren’t too high and mighty to get down and dirty defining feature sets and crafting documents.
As Senior Product Manager, you will lead brainstorming sessions and analyze the marketplace to map out feature sets, functionality and requirements for cross-platform products, and you will help set the course for the brand as a whole.
There are numerous internal stakeholders, including senior managers, who have opinions on what improvements are needed and when they should be implemented, and this is not the kind of environment where you can ignore or overrule them. Your diplomatic finesse and political savvy will enable you to respond to these requests in a way that optimizes the big picture and keeps the process on track.
You will stay on top of trends in the digital space and make sure the brand stays ahead of the curve, maintaining an innovative, market-leading presence. You will be working closely with the tech team to scope requirements and translate features into development tasks. Edit, ad ops, marketing and sales will also be key partners in executing product strategy and achieving business goals.
An essential part of this job is dealing successfully with the many different personalities it takes to make a redesign of this magnitude happen. If you’ve got people skills to match your product, technology, and business skills, then you’ve got what it takes to be a part of this exciting opportunity.
You’re looking at a real career-growth position here! Stellar performance in this gig will land you plum jobs for a long time to come.