The New York Times seeks an Off Platform Product Lead to join our Product & Design team as an embed with our cross-functional Off Platform team. In this role you will be one of our internal subject matter experts on 3rd party platforms (Apple, Google, Facebook, etc.), tasked with understanding their evolving strategies and products and the role they should play for our journalism and business.
The Off Platform team is charged with deeply understanding the trajectories and mechanics of these platforms, staying on top of how they evolve, analyzing and articulating opportunities to leverage them across our organization, and executing tests and new product development when relevant. As the product lead on this team you will be critical to providing an understanding and contextualization of platform developments for internal teams, and working with partners to help them understand The Times’s priorities. For instance, how story formats like Apple News, Google AMP and Facebook Instant Articles enable us to tell our stories in native formats as well as understanding the evolving role each of the platforms can play in driving our subscription business.
You will work closely with the VP of Audience and Platforms to articulate the highest impact priorities on 3rd party platforms. You will work closely with our platform partners to help them shape their product direction to align with the Times’s interests. And then you’ll work closely with partners in Product, Engineering, Design and the Newsroom to ensure those priorities get executed.
A belief in our mission. You have a passion for the news and for making the Times an indispensible daily destination for our readers, no matter where they find us.
A user-first mindset. You have a deep empathy for user problems, coupled with a relentlessly curious approach to solving for them.
A love of product management and design. You can vigilantly prioritize in a rapidly-changing environment and are versed in the best practices of agile product development.
A deep fluency in data. You are always looking to better understand your users and opportunities to serve them through qualitative and quantitative insights.
The ability to get things done. You have record of success leading cross-functional teams in highly collaborative environments, where priorities aren’t always aligned.
You will be the expert on the product and technical underpinnings of each of these platforms and story formats. As they continue to evolve, you will be responsible for understanding those changes and helping communicate their implications to the larger org.
Be the product evangelist for Off Platform and drive the conversation with stakeholders to inform product strategy and roadmaps in the areas connected to Off Platform.
Help define KPIs for Off Platform, and use that data to consistently evaluate progress and inform future investments.
Manage productive relationships with colleagues at the platforms and work with them to shape their thinking about product developments.
Contribute to executive briefings, presentations, and updates.
Communicate developments at the platforms internally when appropriate.
4+ years of product management experience
Strong understanding of the business model levers that drive a subscription business
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and in person.
Deep familiarity with the different product experiences across the major platforms
Strong knowledge of product and software development techniques and agile methodologies
Real passion for The Times’s mission and a commitment to be a part of our innovation and growth
This position is based in New York, NY