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Product Manager

Date: Jul 10, 2019

Location: New York, NY, US, 10016

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 14984

Additional Locations: Candidates will also be considered from IL, MA, TX

Role Summary:

The Product Manager is a vital resource within the company and is responsible for overseeing assigned aspects of the product line with an emphasis on new product development, product line strategic growth/profitability, and life cycle management. Primary responsibilities include product line planning; guiding content and technology development; advocating for customer/sales needs in the product development process; guiding market research activities. 

Primary Responsibilities:

Product Planning and Product Development

  • Manages the product line P&L, collaborating with functional leaders to deliver results
  • Drives product strategy and vision to deliver high quality products and/or features on schedule and budget that meet customer needs and corporate goals.
  • Communicates project scope changes, prioritization reasoning, and decisions affecting product delivery
  • Leverage data (usage, efficacy, etc.) to define project deliverables to support delivery of high quality products on schedule that meet customer needs
  • Develops product level Business Plans that deliver against the corporate goals for improved student outcomes and market share growth
  • Manages product lifecycle management from initial conceptualization, authorization, development, launch, maintenance and sunsetting products
  • Liaise between core project team and internal stakeholders (e.g. engineering, editorial, design, marketing, research, QA, etc.) to collect and synthesize feedback, manage/align project schedules, and motivate team.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to assure timely completion of all tasks associated with development process, gather feedback across organization for a continuous improvement model.
  • Research and report information about market trends, competitive issues and products, customer issues, and sales force needs to stakeholders as directed.
  • Make recommendations for revisions of and extensions for existing solutions, including product customization, new components, and pricing models.
  • Create market and business requirements for new solutions that satisfy customer needs and revenue/profit goals.

Product Life Cycle Management

  • Analyze financial performance of an assigned product, including investment, revenue, and profitability
  • Analyze and evaluate market performance and product positioning of an assigned product
  • Benchmark performance of an assigned product against competition and market; implement pricing plans in line with product strategy
  • Implement tasks in the product launch and sunset process
  • Implement product maintenance plans and manage the phases and gates in the product life cycle

Marketing Strategy

  • Work with Product Marketing on go-to-market strategy for new products or solutions.
  • Identify product positioning strategies. Partner with Product Marketing and Sales to ensure proper competitive positioning for product or solution

Product Evangelist

  • Serve as product expert across the HMH organization
  • Provide support for the sales and services enablement process
  • Assist with key customers


  • Maintain strong, ongoing channels of communication with sales force and other functional areas within Supplemental and Intervention Solutions (SIS) and across the company.


  • BS/BA in related discipline with minimum of 3 years of related industry or functional experience; MBA or Masters preferred--preferably in the content area or in business management or marketing
  • Technical background, experience with technology product management or development
  • Knowledge of speech recognition and AI based technologies
  • Proficient use of Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Strong communication skills
  • Highly organized
  • Understanding of the Educational Sales Market


  • Teaching or Professional development provider experience, experience as an Educational Sales Consultant, or similar experience is preferred.
  • Presentation skills
  • HMH Product knowledge
  • Experience with Speech Recognition technologies 


Physical Requirements

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • 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.


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 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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