This is a vital moment in the life of The New York Times. We have declared ourselves a subscription-first company, staking our future on producing journalism worth paying for and developing deeper relationships with our subscribers. NYT Cooking, with a growing user base of over 500,000 subscribers, is an essential part of this strategy.
NYT Cooking’s mission is to enrich people’s lives by making them better, more confident cooks. We do this by helping our users discover the world’s best recipes, save and organize their cooking life, and serve as an approachable guide in the kitchen. It’s an exciting time to join this team. We are focused on defining and delivering on our next phase of growth and we need an experienced and passionate product leader to help us get there.
About the Role
As the Head of Product for NYT Cooking, you will lead a team of product managers to set priorities and build projects across all aspects of the product. Reporting to the Vice President & General Manager of NYT Cooking, you will work with partners across engineering, project management, design, newsroom and marketing. Success means growing the NYT Cooking business and The New York Times Company as a whole and in doing so, you will support our editorial mission of providing high-quality journalism to the public. If you are someone who is passionate about serving users and turning that into financial success, there are few roles more exciting and important.
What You’ll Do:
- Work with us as a member of the leadership team (which also includes Design, Project, Engineering, Marketing, Analytics and Newsroom) in setting NYT Cooking’s strategy and priorities and helping to scale and manage the organization
- Translate our strategy into high-level priorities and OKRs, then translate our OKRs into to high impact product roadmaps across both the web and mobile products, including the user experience, content management system, email platforms and off-platform content feeds
- Manage a team of at least 3-5 product managers, and oversee more hiring and organizational structure of the team as we grow
- Oversee all tracks of product work, including audience growth, engagement, growth and platforms work ensuring that tracks use the right indicators to measure success and that their work fits together into a cohesive product strategy
- Work with technology, design, newsroom, data and research to identify user, business and technology needs, and turn this into clear, relevant user experiences that drive our performance
- Partner with teams within the larger New York Times to increase subscription growth and advocate for NYT Cooking’s product needs
- Guide an outstanding product development process, from idea generation to build, including applying agile methodologies, using data to produce powerful insights and using a human centered design approach to user problems
- Analyze all relevant performance metrics for daily product performance; develop an instinct for how users engage with the product and work with the data analytics team to bubble up insights to the GM and team at large
- Product Management: You have 10+ years of product management experience in a digital product development environment. Preferably, you would have led product management end-to-end for an entire digital experience with multiple areas of focus.
- People Management: You are a people manager with at least 7+ years of experience. You have an inclusive mindset. You can coach and motivate your team, and set them up for success by setting clear expectations and providing feedback. You know how to organize and lead your team to scale the work, and have had experience scaling teams.
- Leadership: You have led and worked on collaborative cross-functional teams. You know how to influence at all levels of an organization. You know how and when to align and communicate with other teams. You have managed team health for a large, and complex team. You own failures, and you support your partners and team.
- Strategy: You know how to establish a strategy using many different inputs. You have excellent product sense. You are comfortable with broad, amorphous problems and can quickly turn that into solutions. You have experience identifying user needs sharply, you focus on delivering value and impact, and you can listen to feedback and work within constraints. You can bring others along in this process.
- Execution: You have managed and shipped multiple projects or features in the past on time and on budget. You have experience setting thoughtful goals, helping your PMs evaluate trade-offs, and setting your team up for success. You have a clear, data-driven approach to prioritization, and are ruthlessly focused on delivering strategic, impactful work. You understand testing and research methodologies and what method is appropriate for which problem.