Barnes & Noble College Booksellers Director, Program Management in New York, New York

JOB TITLE: Director Program Management, Barnes & Noble Education (BNED)

REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President, Revenue & Product Development BNED

KEY RELATIONSHIPS:

  • VP, BNED Product Development (Boston)

  • CIO and Technology Leadership Team

  • Project Management Office (PMO)

  • Business Owners across BNED segments (BNC, MBS, DSS)

  • Marketing and Go-To-Market Teams across BNED segments

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 Revenue & 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 Director, Program Management is a critical new role in helping BNED transform into a true “digital-first” organization. This role will own the end-to-end coordination and execution of the BNED strategic roadmap and will work closely with the product, technology and business teams on each product offering; driving the sequencing and go-to-market planning across multiple product lines and releases.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Leads and supports large-scale projects incorporating a proactive and innovative solution to addressing business challenges and achieving organizational goals and objectives

  • Provides the processes, structures and tools for individual program/project management across product lines and business units

  • Seeks out synergies across the businesses; establishes shared infrastructures, common systems and use of technology to support business processes

  • Facilitates the setting of timelines, dashboards and financial benchmarks for each initiative to keep executive leaders current on progress and potential red flags

  • Ensures organizational alignment in the design and execution of initiatives

  • Responsible for improving operational efficiency, formulating policies and strategic plans for future growth

  • Day-to-day management of operational details to ensure information flow and internal resources are appropriate and internal/external stakeholders are managed accordingly

  • Serves as lead for cross department communications, data analytics and reporting, monthly goal tracking and the development of quarterly/annual communications

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 5-10 years of experience in digital program management/project management/operations, MBA preferred, though not required

  • Proven track record in helping launch successful software products/features

  • Dynamic, innovative leader in a fast-paced environment

  • Experience working directly across multiple stakeholder types of various cultural & organizational backgrounds.

  • Detail oriented with excellent organizational, communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to thrive in fast paced environment and strong EQ and ability to partner with various constituents inside and outside the organization

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

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

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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