Deputy Product Director

Date: Sep 14, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Deputy product director, C&EN

Overview: C&EN

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) produces authoritative, award-winning journalism from around the world of chemistry, including research, education, industry, funding, and regulatory policy. It is published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society dedicated to a single discipline, and is widely considered one of the major benefits of membership.

 

We are seeking a talented product professional to lead C&EN Product, a cross-functional team that draws from our editorial, audience, creative (design/UX), engineering, operations, and revenue teams.

 

What you’ll do:

  1. Lead C&EN Product, a 13-person cross-functional team that draws from our editorial, audience, creative (design/UX), engineering, operations, and revenue teams. Drive product strategy, research, and development efforts across C&EN’s newsroom, ensuring that all of our digital news products delight and enlighten and sustain our business.
  2. Oversee product research at C&EN, maintaining our standing user group (C&EN Reader Lab) and managing a contract UX researcher to produce user insights and feedback that can guide the design and development of our news products.
  3. Manage product portfolio to track complete product lifecycle; define product analytics needs to help guide strategy.
  4. Work with senior stakeholders from across C&EN to build out and monitor progress on its annual roadmap.
  5. Promote product strategy and ownership by defining and implementing product roadmaps for flagship C&EN products in collaboration with those products’ individual product owners.
  6. Oversee project management at C&EN, maintaining project management documentation and managing a project manager responsible for bringing ambitious journalism projects to life.
  7. Facilitate interactions between units to mitigate risks and remove obstacles that would delay project completion.

 

What you’ll bring:

  1. A college degree is required; 5+ years experience working in journalism and/or product management is desirable.
  2. Experience creating or managing digital news product portfolios--bonus points if they were for a scientific audience
  3. Strong understanding of product thinking methodology, including product management tools (Asana, Airtable, etc) and shared product documentation
  4. Experience managing complex projects on deadline
  5. Proven skill in collaborating with and communicating between distributed teams.
  6. Excellent communication and presentation skills
  7. A collaborative, consensus-building approach
  8. Experience working with our digital platform (Adobe Experience Manager) and/or our digital magazine/app platform (Pugpig) would be a plus

 

About working at C&EN:

ACS believes in the strength of diversity in all its forms, because inclusion of and respect for diverse people, experiences, and ideas lead to superior solutions to world challenges and advance chemistry as a global, multidisciplinary science. In turn, C&EN believes that to meet its mission to be the world’s go-to source of news about chemistry, our reporting and our newsroom must include diverse perspectives. Therefore, we strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically marginalized communities in the chemical sciences to apply.

 

Job Location: Flexible

 


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