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Product Owner

Date: Mar 18, 2023

Location: Pune, MH, IN

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 18345

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“Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a high-purpose, high-performing, leading K-12 EdTech company, powered by values and culture that support continuous learning and rapid innovation. Known for serving more than 50 million students and 4 million educators in 150+ countries, we provide learning to countless students and teachers, transforming lives, supporting communities, and making our society more open, just, and inclusive for all. HMH Technology India Pvt. Ltd. is our technology and innovation arm in India, focused on developing products and solutions using cutting-edge technology in order to better serve education globally. We aim to help employees grow as people, not just as professionals. We do work that matters and are in a unique position to support and empower people’s lives.”




Product Owner (Product Manager)

HMH is a learning technology company committed to delivering connected solutions that
engage learners, empower educators, and improve student outcomes. As a leading provider
of K–12 core curriculum, supplemental and intervention solutions and professional learning
services, HMH partners with educators and school districts to uncover solutions that unlock
students' potential and extend teachers' capabilities. HMH serves more than 50 million
students and 4 million educators in 150 countries.

About the role:
• Contribute to Agile product development team(s) as Product Owner, attending daily
Scrum meetings, keeping Scrum artifacts visible, helping resolve impediments to the
team, and assisting with backlog maintenance, sprint planning and review meetings
• Develop and maintain a healthy backlog for new requirements in line with defined
strategy and vision for platform and learning initiatives
• Articulate the vision and roadmap in long- and short-term planning and business case
development efforts
• Partner with internal and external stakeholders to gather clarity on requirements and
• Manage priorities and project deliverables to support delivery of high-quality
functionality on schedule that meets customer needs
• Liaise between project teams and internal stakeholders (e.g. engineering,
editorial/learning architecture, design, QA, etc.) to collect and synthesize feedback,
manage/align project schedules, and motivate team
• Work collaboratively with the engineering team to articulate and clarify requirements
• Perform risk assessments and analyses to prioritize and make trade-offs to ensure on
timely project completion while maintaining educational integrity of products
• Proactively communicate with internal and external stakeholders at all levels including
project documentation, follow up and status reports to ensure on-time product and/or
feature deliveries

Skills & Experience:
• 3 to 6 years participating in or managing cross-functional product development teams
• Strong organizational, communication, and multi-tasking skills
• Innovative team player with the ability to proactively and creatively solve problems
• Passion for creating innovate technology solutions for students and teachers
• Experience leading and managing a feature-rich product roadmap (aligning it to business
drivers, keeping it relevant to internal and external customers and market needs)
• Demonstrated success and experience leading teams with Agile methodologies and tools
such as Jira and Confluence
• Knowledge of education technology (K-12) industry technology trends, user experience
(educators, students, and administrators) and classroom needs
• Strong organizational and communication skills and an ability to present business cases,
vision and reports to all stakeholders
• Ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously and make difficult decisions with speed
and accuracy


Preferred Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree in education, business, or technical discipline preferred
• Agile Product Manager/Owner Certification preferred
• Previous work with product or development teams both co-located and distributed
team models

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