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Product Offering Spec

Date: Nov 16, 2022

Location: US

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Title:

Product Offering Specialist 

Title Reporting To:

Offering Manager, Product Offering Management

Division / Department:

Core Solutions / Shared Services



Individuals in this role may be focused exclusively on content quality assurance task work, project and resource management associated with that work, or both. The role summary below is based on focusing on both aspects of the role and would be adjusted based on the focus required. Note: Responsibilities below may not apply to all with this title.

The Offering Specialist

  • Coordinates the provision, oversight, review, and on-schedule delivery of offering information, Bill of Materials, and product master data for their assigned projects.
  • Guides assigned projects through offering development milestones on time:
  • monitoring status and schedule, and
  • troubleshooting issues.
  • Proactively works and collaborates with other HMH functional groups to satisfy internal and external customer requirements.




Individuals in this role may be focused exclusively on content quality assurance task work, project and resource management associated with that work, or both. The percentage of time below is based on focusing on both aspects of the role and would be adjusted based on the focus required.


Offering Information

  • Executes the creation of offering products and bundling of products by requesting material codes, ISBNs, pricing, and master data in HMH systems
  • Applies knowledge of best practices for offering information and product master data development.
  • Applies knowledge of the components of an offering that make up a program to implement offering strategy.
  • Applies knowledge of processes, workflows, and procedures that support offering development.
  • Ensures that all project deliverables meet or exceed established standards and specifications for offering and master data, consistency, style, and accuracy
  • Ensures process performance and takes necessary actions to improve product quality. May communicate process and procedures with stakeholders.
  • Ensures that offering development reports and trackers are kept up to date.



Project and Resource Management

  • Efficiently and effectively delivers assigned projects while meeting expected content quality assurance standards within required time frames.
  • Adheres to project schedules and established processes, monitoring and communicating status, troubleshooting issues, taking appropriate actions based on sound decision-making, and appropriately escalating risks.
  • Contributes to effective team resource planning by providing updates on workload and regular prioritization of work.
  • Identifies and escalates issues with offering information and product master data to Offering Manager



Collaboration and Customer Focus

  • Builds productive relationships with peers, colleagues, management, other HMH groups, and external customers through effective use of written and oral communication.
  • Follows customer-focused practices, proactively anticipating customer issues to effectively and efficiently solve problems and responding promptly and accurately to customers’ requests.





  • Stays up to date with industry standards, current information industry processes and technologies.
  • Performs any and all tasks required to support department and company goals.






Provides quantitative and qualitative information related to the position. Indicate N/A if not applicable.


Please indicate whom this position interacts with and the purpose/nature of contact.

Internal: Works with Core, SIS, and Services stakeholders, Product Management & Strategy, Project Management, Marketing, Pricing Office, Legal, Global Supply Chain, Sales Support, and/or other HMH groups to develop product.


External: Collaborates with Partners in partnership projects






Indicates the minimum required education level, previous experience, specific knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as preferred experiences/skills for this position. 




Education Level and/or relevant experience

  • BS/BA in related discipline
  • At least 1-3 years of related industry or equivalent experience
  • At least 2 years of print and/or digital production or publishing experience
  • At least 2 years of copyediting, proofreading, and/or other content quality assurance experience

Knowledge and skills

(general and technical)

  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills. Verbal and written communication must be professional, comprehensive, clear, direct, and accurate.
  • Must be self-motivated, organized and self-managed. Must be able to work independently and as a member of a diverse group.
  • Must be able to multitask and prioritize in a high-volume environment. Must demonstrate attention to detail, organization, and excellent follow-up skills. Must deliver on-time, high-quality results.
  • Must be able to respond positively and contribute to evolving processes and changing environment. Must utilize strong problem-solving skills to offer solutions.
  • Must be comfortable with technology and be familiar with Excel, MS office, and Smartsheet
  • Must be able to exercise sound judgment to identify and quickly escalate critical issues, including work capacity, to managers.
  • Must be able to respond to urgent requests in a positive and professional manner, using solid customer service values.
  • Ability to drive on-time, on-budget, high-quality projects
  • Understanding of fundamentals of print and/or digital production and publishing processes
  • Knowledge of standard publishing technology tools
  • Experience in SAP master Data creation

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