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Product Director

With a focus on content, sweepstakes and commerce, Bauer Xcel is looking for a (Sr) Director of Product to help us grow the existing digital business and reach new audiences. Reporting to SVP Technology, the (Sr.)Director, Product is responsible for the vision and direction of the Product function at Bauer Xcel.

– Managing the Product Team

You will develop a strong team of product owners, UX designers and designers. Recruiting, training and coaching your team is the top priority.  Developing great people requires a different set of skills than developing great products and you are as comfortable coaching Product Owners in how to engage with stakeholders as you are with communicating the Product vision and roadmap to execs.

– Product Vision

You will work hand in hand with the SVP of Technology, Vice President of Editorial & Audience Development, and Vice President of Revenue to define and drive the product strategy that inspires the company. You’ll guide your team to identify needs, trends, and innovative ways to best serve our audience, and drive revenue across our properties and off-site platforms.

- Execution

No matter where the vision comes from, all the great vision in the world doesn’t mean much if you can’t get the product idea from concept to live. You know how to get things done and have absolutely proven your ability to do so. You are an expert in agile product planning, customer discovery, product discovery, and the product development process. You understand when experimenting and testing out an idea is necessary and how to build out an MVP. You have strong skills in stakeholder management and internal evangelism, and understand that it is as important to communicate the roadmap as it is to build one. You leave your stakeholders with a clear understanding of the plan without bogging them down in the details.

– Culture of experimentation

You will help foster a culture of innovation and experimentation, where the team understands the importance of continuous and testing and learning.  Your mantra is Fail Fast and your team is not afraid to pivot if necessary.

About You:

You will:

  • Lead the product definition within one or across multiple different teams;
  • Collaborate with business stakeholders to define product strategy in key business areas;
  • Identifying clear and strategic KPIs that will help measure how well we are executing;
  • Direct, coach, and develop skills of other product managers and designers/ux;
  • Serve as the primary advocate for customers and jointly design the user experience with the UX Designers
  • Specialize in mobile applications, websites, and newsletters;
  • Specialize in product data analytics to measure product performance;
  • Closely monitor all analytics and perform quantitative analysis that will help guide product decisions
  • Optimize audience growth and user engagement for on and off-network products;
  • Clearly communicate the progress and results of the team to the rest of the company
  • Responsible for market expertise (competitors and industry forces)
  • Establish best practices within the organization, particularly within the Agile methodology.


 

Desired Skills and Experience

  •  5-7 years of digital product and strategy with deep understanding of digital content, ecommerce, and audience engagement. Ideally 2-3 of those years were spent managing others within product.
  • Strong leadership, organizational, and communication skills
  • Deep understanding of agile product planning, customer discovery, product discovery, and the product development process
  • Deep understanding of design, editorial, and development processes
  • Deep understanding of content and distribution strategies that encourage sharing and viral expansion
  • Ability to track details without losing sight of the big picture
  • Demonstrated success launching high quality digital products in a consumer-oriented company
  • Familiarity with and understanding of programmatic advertising
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Entrepreneurial Drive
  • Collaborative Spirit

 

About Us:

With 150 million monthly unique users and offices in New York, Hamburg, London, Sydney, Melbourne and Warsaw, BAUER XCEL MEDIA is one of the world's fastest-growing digital media companies. Our New York office houses the digital division of Bauer Media Group US and it's here that we publish LifeandStyleMag.com, InTouchWeekly.com, CloserWeekly.com, FHM.com, J-14.com, TwistMagazine.com, M-Magazine.com, WomansWorld.com, FirstforWomen.com, and SoapsinDepth.com.

Bauer Xcel Media is not your typical digital publisher. Despite our powerhouse brand portfolio, our teams are small but mighty. We move quickly. We are programmatic first. We create all of our own content, fully independent of our print magazine counterparts. Our editors own the complete lifecycle of our content from idea, to story, to social media posting, and beyond. You'll find us in a shared start-up space where we have lots of hard-to-beat perks like a roof deck, beer on tap, ping pong, and an all-around collaborative spirit that's energetic and downright contagious.

Our team is fast and efficient and we believe that our spirit is a result of a flexible work environment that encourages a healthy work-life balance. Happy employees matter to us.

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