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Requisition Number 18-0567
Post Date 1/2/2019
Title Technical Product Owner
Organization Name Macmillan Learning
City Austin
State TX
Description Macmillan Learning is a part of the family-owned Holtzbrinck group of companies and is one of the leading educational technology companies. Through deep partnership with the world's best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire student curiosity and measure progress. Macmillan Learning is comprised of renowned brands including Bedford/St. Martins, W.H. Freeman, Worth Publishers, Sapling Learning, SkyFactor, Intellus Learning, Late Nite Labs, and Hayden-McNeil. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to reflecting a broad representation of differences -- race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, age, family status, economic background and status, geographical background and status, and perspective-- in our workplace. The successful candidate for this position will become an employee of Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group, LLC (“BFW”), d/b/a Macmillan Learning. Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group, LLC has developed an affirmative action program in compliance with the NY Department of Education’s guidance. Portions of the affirmative action program are available for review by applicants and employees by contacting Human Resources.
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Technical Product Owner - Central Services / Data Services

As a Technical Product Owner in the Global Services team, you will be responsible for setting the product direction for Central Services (CS) and Data Services (DS) across the Macmillan Learning portfolio, supporting the needs of multiple product & platform engineering teams, and collaborating across product and engineering stakeholders to deliver on customer and internal business needs.

The ideal candidate is expected to:

  • Work with Architecture and Engineering Leadership to determine Technology Strategy for core APIs and services, as well as global data infrastructure and services
  • Partner with product and data science leaders to prioritize and negotiate backlogs and sequencing
  • Support the CS and DS engineering teams in aligning on scope and acceptance criteria
  • Collaborate with Scrum Masters to ensure on time and budget delivery
  • Work with product and technical leadership in both strategic and cycle planning
  • Managing complexity across multiple technical subdomains to ensure successful business outcomes

Job Description:

  • Define product requirements and lead successful execution of initiatives
  • Engage closely with engineering and architecture in Agile methodology to help determine a high quality technical design while balancing timing and resource constraints.
  • Partner with cross-functional teams at Macmillan Learning to design, build, launch, and market new Services, APIs, and Application
  • Lead cost benefit analysis and partner with architecture on determining buy vs build decisions
  • Define and proactively monitor key performance metrics to support and inform product decisions.
  • Engage in problem solving with analytics to determine trends and root causes.
  • Nurture a strong team culture of ownership, autonomy, and developer citizenship
  • Partner with Customer Support teams in solving pain points for our users.
  • Partner with Operations and Security teams to ensure the products we deliver meet or exceed compliance requirements
  • Oversee quality assurance and acceptance testing

Minimum Required Skills/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree is required.
  • 5+ years of experience dealing with technical problem solutions as a product manager.
  • Proven track record for building, launching, and maintaining successful products.
  • Work in technical sub-domains desired: e.g. Social Analytics, Bioinformatics, R&D, Middleware, Distributed Computing, Data Analytics, Machine Learning
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