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Product Manager, Digital Product and Technology

We're building something special at The Atlantic: One of the U.S.'s most vital media websites, with a history dating back to the abolitionists and a soul filled with the voices of Mark Twain, Hanna Rosin and Ta-Nehisi Coates. In our 160th year, we now reach 33+ million readers a month; we host some of the world's most interesting voices, both in print and on stage; and we are committed to the future of sustainable, non-partisan journalism, wherever it may take us.

To that end, we're looking for an experienced and passionate Product Manager to join our growing product team, with the charge of finding what's next for The Atlantic and for the future of media at large. This product manager will also partner closely with our revenue team to develop new ad products, optimize ad performance and update the marketing team’s CMS.

You'd be responsible for a number of existing products, building and expanding our core capabilities. Equally important, however, is an eye for the future: The role is will oversee the development of new initiatives, from identifying a unified vision to developing product specifications to completing a smooth launch then monitoring and optimizing future iterations.   

You must be passionate about creating great software and great customer experiences. We need an advocate for our customers who can also balance the needs of stakeholders and senior management.  You also must have a passion for The Atlantic — our mission is to explore the American idea, "of no party or clique." We're looking for a product manager who's excited by the challenge of using experimentation, results-based iteration, and continual improvement to move that mission forward, empowering both our journalists and our readers.

Major Responsibilities Include:

  • Working closely with the Revenue team to optimize ad performance, create new publishing tools and develop innovative new ad products
  • Managing the product lifecycle from concept through launch; identifying opportunities for ongoing improvements
  • Identifying new areas for product development and leading experimentation within them
  • Partnering with stakeholders to translate organizational objectives into tactical projects and requirements
  • Using data analysis to inform product development decisions
  • Conducting needs assessments, competitive research, user research and market analysis
  • Documenting business and functional requirements
  • Working closely with design and engineering leads
  • Communicating strategy, project status, conflicts, and resource needs to executive management
  • Defining and measuring success
  • Composing QA plans and overseeing application testing; making go-live decisions
  • Executing change management plans for internal and external users or our CMS/sites

Qualifications of Ideal Candidate:

  • Experience in editorial or technical product development
  • Experience working with ad serving platforms as well as advertising and marketing team partners
  • Understanding of editorial processes and publishing systems
  • Creative problem solver with solid analytical and research skills
  • Demonstrated ability leading cross-functional teams
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Solid understanding of web standards, web browser capabilities, SEO, user experience, and common web technologies
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, with the ability to converse with business, editorial and technology teams
  • Candidates with experience working in media strongly preferred
  • Bachelor's degree required, MBA is a plus!

About The Atlantic Product Team

The Product team is a relatively small, friendly bunch of folks, including the SVP and general manager of TheAtlantic.com, product directors and managers, platform and front-end engineers, and the product design team. We work closely together, meet frequently and promote discussions that encourage new ideas and critical thinking. We have bagels on Thursdays and drinks on Fridays

 

Atlantic Media Values:
Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in you, and everyone else.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions –

Force of Ideas:  At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing.  We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence.  Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, and giving voice to the latter.
Spirit of Generosity:  Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct.  Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth –critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.

 

Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

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