Barnes & Noble College Booksellers Product Manager in Boston, Massachusetts

JOB TITLE: Product Manager, Barnes & Noble Education (BNED)

REPORTS TO: Vice President, BNED Product Development

KEY RELATIONSHIPS:

  • User Experience & Design Teams

  • Project Management

  • eCommerce & Analytics

  • Marketing

  • Development Teams

  • Business Owners

JOB SUMMARY:

Barnes & Noble Education (BNED) is a leading provider of higher education and K-12 educational products and solutions with a mission to serve all who work to elevate their lives through education. Through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS Textbook Exchange segments, BNED operates over 1,400 physical and virtual bookstores across the U.S., serving more than 6 million students and faculty. Through its Digital Student Solutions segment, the company offers a suite of digital software, content and services including direct-to-student study tools, serving approximately 100,000 subscribers in more than 15 countries and receiving more than 20 million unique monthly visitors to its sites. The company also operates one of the largest textbook wholesale distribution channels in the United States.

The BNED Product Development organization is responsible for supporting the business segments through the development, management and go-to-market execution of world-class, demand-driven products and services.

The Product Manager is critical new role in helping BNED transform into a true “digital-first” organization. The Product Manager will work closely with the business units to identify, develop and bring to market new, innovative products and services (and help re-position existing offerings) for BNED’s B2B/Institutional markets that will position BNED as a market leader in each of those new offerings.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Developing and articulating the vision for each product and services offering

  • Maintaining a detailed competitive offering analysis

  • Collecting product requirements and specifications

  • Developing the short-term and long-term product roadmap

  • Providing leadership and direction on go-to-market planning and strategy

  • Tracking and reporting of KPIs for each product or service

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2-5 years of experience in product management. Experience delivering web applications, consumer technology solutions and/or B-to-B product development with a preference for SaaS and/or higher education services experience. MBA preferred, though not required.

  • Proven track record in defining and launching successful software products/features.

  • Exceptional analytical skills and attention to details with the ability to process large and complex information and derive specific actionable insights.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Experience working directly across multiple stakeholder types of various cultural & organizational background.

  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit with a focus on emerging trends, technology and features

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to produce product requirements in user stories to drive product development and provide product demonstrations for internal and external stakeholders including senior management.

  • Strong work ethic. Self-starting personality with the ability to problem solve and develop creative solutions.

  • Experience collaborating with design team and beta testing to optimize usability. Have an eye for simple and compelling user interface.

Barnes & Noble Education is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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