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Senior Product Manager

Date: Aug 3, 2019

Location: Dublin, U, IE, 2 Ireland

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 15233

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The Senior Platform Product Manager will serve as a product owner for assigned software platforms and technology services. This individual will develop a strong focus on innovative solutions and maintain that focus through all aspects of platform product management including planning, development, launch, lifecycle management/maintenance, and discontinuation.


Primary Responsibilities:

·        Lead all efforts to develop and maintain a healthy backlog of new platform features and prioritize them based on market need and overall business value. Ensure that the voice of the customer is echoed throughout the product development process.

·        Represent the backlog in long-term planning and business case development efforts to justify investment. Drive business and strategic planning processes to ensure the viability of new features to the market and to the organization. Gather cost, revenue, and schedule estimates and work with colleagues to ensure the information is synthesized into a crisp, coherent presentation of a business opportunity.

·        Organize the product backlog to set the scrum’s short-term sprint agenda. Write user stories and acceptance criteria for consumption by engineering and quality assurance teams. Routinely examine tradeoffs to achieve a critical balance between new product development and break-fix work.

·        Lead efforts to develop and execute on user acceptance testing programs.

·        Launch new platform features; formally transfer subject matter expertise from the new product teams to the departments in the organization that sell and support the platform on the market.

·        Prepare and present metric reports that represent platform usage trends.

·        Lead efforts to respond to technology questions in RFPs, ad-hoc customer inquiries, sales collateral, and customer documentation.


Skills and Competencies:

·        Familiarity with agile development principles

·        Ability to make difficult decisions with speed and accuracy

·        Ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously

·        Excellent written and oral communication skills

·        Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and software project management tools like JIRA, Smartsheet, Confluence.


Required Experience and Education

·        Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Marketing, or Information Systems

·        5+ years of experience managing K-12 education platforms

·        5+ years of experience working in an agile environment

·        Experience with analytics

·        Experience in business analysis or technical writing



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.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is committed to a comprehensive policy of Equal Opportunities and we aim to create a workplace which provides for equal opportunities for all employees and potential employees.

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