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Sr Product Manager-Classroom Library

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Date: Nov 23, 2018

Location: Round Rock, TX, US, 78681

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 14464

Additional Locations: New York, Boston

Role Summary:

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

Primary Responsibilities:

Product Planning and Product Development

  • Owns the product line P&L, collaborating with functional leaders to deliver results
  • Drive program strategy and vision to deliver high quality products and/or features on schedule and budget that meet customer needs and corporate goals.
  • Works with Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Finance and Services teams to set financial goals and report and execute against them
  • Works with functional teams including Global Supply Chain and TG, to manage costs efficiently
  • Oversees cross-functional teams to execute against plans
  • Develops and presents capital budget request in line with market opportunity
  • Responsible for determining in the optimal product configuration and program price point that meets both revenue and profit goals
  • Responsible for developing product level Business Plans that deliver against the corporate goals for improved student outcomes and market share growth
  • Product lifecycle management from initial conceptualization, authorization, development, launch, maintenance and sunsetting products
  • Identify custom classroom library opportunities, and utilize financial acumen and inputs from stakeholders to determine pros and cons of moving forward with custom classroom library development
  • Manage relationships with 3rd party partners
  • Oversee classroom library product line, ensuring high-quality curation, fulfillment, and development of supporting material
  • Ensure libraries meet current pedagogic and market needs as well as social compliance and standards alignment requirements
  • 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, communicate project scope changes, prioritization reasoning, and decisions affecting product delivery
  • 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
  • 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 Director on go-to-market strategy for new product or solution.
  • Partner with Director to 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 SIS and across the company.


·       BS/BA in related discipline with approximately 5-7 years of related industry or functional experience; MBA or Masters preferred--preferably in the content area or in business management or marketing

·       Knowledge of the ELA Core and Supplemental Market

·       Proficient use of Excel, Word, PowerPoint

·       Strong communication skills

·       Highly organized

·       Thrives in fast-paced environment with competing priorities

·       Understanding of the Educational Sales Market


·       Teaching or Professional development provider experience, experience as an Educational Sales Consultant, or similar experience is preferred.

·       Technical background, experience with technology product management or development

·       Presentation skills

·       HMH Product knowledge


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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