Group Product Manager

Product Management Washington, District Of Columbia


Description

Do you have a passion for technology and an aspiration to bring truth to journalism? Are you an experienced technology industry senior leader looking for an international adventure? If so, then Al Jazeera is the place you want to be. Al Jazeera’s mission is to connect and inform the world. We serve as a forum for truth, knowledge, cultural exchange, expression, and human rights. Our team is global, and constantly striving to empower people around the world to be better informed and more connected.

To achieve this global vision, we need to build and deliver a vast array of technology solutions, ranging from highly engaging websites and mobile apps to innovative new solutions and big data analytics that power the experiences the next generation of news consumers will flock to. You can help lead the our global product management team from Al Jazeera’s US headquarters in Washington DC.

As the Group Product Manager in the Al Jazeera Digital Division, you will define, execute, and deliver a digital product portfolio that brings great value to Al Jazeera’s audience worldwide. You will participate in developing the vision and strategy for the Digital Division, you will be a leader of the global product management & design teams responsible for defining, designing, and building our suite of consumer-facing news delivery products, and you will take on product ownership for specific projects as an individual contributor as we believe all product managers must get their hands dirty to stay sharp and focused.

This role is inherently cross-functional and cross-company – you will work closely with operations, finance and executive teams in Doha, along with Digital Division leaders in the U.S. to bring new media experiences to the world. To be a successful candidate for this role, you are a proven technical product manager and agile delivery expert, able to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders, able to work extremely effectively in a matrix organization, and adept at synthesizing a variety of technologies and capabilities into high-performance, simple, and secure experiences that Al Jazeera’s audience will love.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead a team of product managers and UX/UI designers responsible for planning, design, development, and delivery of Al Jazeera’s digital products.
  • Maintain the master product roadmap for all Digital Division projects and hold each product manager responsible for the quality, accuracy, and schedule for their roadmaps.
  • Own and drive the project strategy and delivery for specific projects as an individual contributor.
  • Drive recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and training to ensure the team is appropriately staffed with required competencies.
  • Create a work environment that is positive, motivated, enthusiastic and embraces change.
  • Maintain project controls that accurately reflect completed work against project plans, schedules, and budgets.
  • Develop a trusted advisor relationship with executive sponsors and technical project leads.
  • Develop and mentor staff through open communication, training & development opportunities, and performance management processes.
  • Foster a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with a technical discipline.
  • 10+ years of professional experience with 5+ years of software product or engineering management experience.
  • Mastery of Agile software development methodology.
  • Passion for both technology and world affairs.
  • Experience working on digital media platforms, web technology and standards, cloud services, and mobile application platforms.
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams to deliver products and projects to a global audience on tight deadlines.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrated experience engaging and influencing senior executives.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and discuss technical concepts, manage tradeoffs, and evaluate opportunistic new ideas with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience coordinating complex product development cycles and software development schedules.
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills with the ability to use data and metrics to back up assumptions, recommendations, and drive actions.
  • Ability to think strategically and execute methodically.
  • Proven track record of taking ownership and successfully delivering results in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • History of teamwork and willingness to roll up one’s sleeves to get the job done.
  • High attention to detail and proven ability to manage multiple, competing priorities simultaneously.

Preferred Skills

  • Master’s degree in business, engineering, or related disciplines.
  • Experience delivering consumer software products and services in a high growth environment.
  • Hands on experience with Jira, Confluence, or related tools.
  • Experience managing remote teams, including outsourced technical staff.