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Product Owner – Remote

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

This is a Full-time position in Portsmouth, NH posted January 14, 2022.

The Product Owner is a vital resource within the company and is responsible for overseeing assigned aspects of the 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
Drives program 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
Lead Agile product development team as Product Owner or Subject Matter Expert (SME), attending daily Scrum meetings, keeping Scrum artifacts visible, helping resolve impediments to the team, and assisting with sprint planning and review meetings.

Based on user requirements, write user stories and acceptance criteria, create prototypes and/or wireframes for new products
Work collaboratively with engineering to design, implement, and test features
Oversees cross-functional teams to execute against plans
Develops product level Business Plans that deliver against the corporate goals
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.

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 product or solution.

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
Communication
Maintain strong, ongoing channels of communication with sales force and other functional areas within SIS and across the company.

Requirements

BS/BA in related discipline
Minimum 3 years of product management experience
Technical background, experience with technology product management or development
EdTech experience
Proficient use of Excel, Word, PowerPoint
Strong communication skills
Highly organized
Preferred

Understanding of the Educational Sales Market
5+ years of related industry or functional experience
CSPO
Physical Requirements
Minimal travel
– approximately10%
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.

About Us
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.
For more information, visit http://careers.hmhco.com
Please Note
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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