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Vook is hiring a Product Manager


Vook is recruiting for an exceptional Product Manager to join our team.  As the leader in the digital publishing arena, this presents a great opportunity for someone interested in getting in on the ground floor of a company focused on leading the development in the exciting, fast moving area of digital publishing.  The product manager will play a key role in working closely with the core internal cross functional team to identifying customer needs, market opportunities, and assure the successful execution of Vook’s mission through development and deployment of the company’s digital publishing and distribution platform as well as our web presence.

New York, New York

Job Responsibilities

  • Participate in creation and management of product vision and roadmap with a focus on delivering next generation digital publishing products and experiences
  • Perform consumer needs analysis, market sizing, and competitive analysis to determine which online features will address key consumer opportunities
  • Gather, synthesize and prioritize market needs and business requirements
  • Transform those business requirements into detailed product requirements and lead cross-functional teams in product definition and design.
  • Take ownership of a set of features and work closely with Design, Engineering, Acquisitions, Production and Distribution to map out the goals, vision and requirements for those features that will accomplish the business goals.
  • Champion the consumers’ online experience, with a keen eye on developing a superior and differentiated user experience
  • Create detailed product requirements that describe the products and features to be built.
  • Manage tradeoffs and dependencies to make sure the end result is a great user experience that drives the business forward
  • Partner with our Engineering team throughout the creative, build and implementation phases to ensure high quality, on time releases that balances consumer and business needs.
  • Act as product evangelist and solicit feedback to quickly build consensus around decisions
  • Ensure future product releases reflect experience gained from external market activities, customer discussions, usage analysis, competitive response and market research
  • Analyze and articulate emerging technologies and market trends.
  • Deliverables include page wireframes, market research documents, detailed product specifications and product roadmaps

What We’re Looking For

  • Passion for building great innovative digital products and a strong aptitude for business strategy
  • Startup management experience a plus
  • Decisiveness and knowledge of when to ask tough questions about projects
  • Ability to debate ideas with both business owners and technical counterparts
  • Knowledge of when and when not to follow the latest trends
  • A mix of intelligence, integrity, domain knowledge, communication skills, and diplomacy that will allow you to rapidly earn the respect of internal team, partners, and customers
  • Minimum 3-5 years software or internet product management experience
  • Consumer internet or digital publishing product development experience a plus
  • Experience writing product requirements and communicating project details with project team (business owners, IA/Design, Technology)
  • Experience working closely with engineering, marketing, operations and customer service teams.
  • Extensive experience creating product strategy and roadmap
  • Experience creating complete product/feature specification documents
  • Solution and team oriented  with the ability to build trust and influence others
  • Self-motivated, able to proactively work toward a goal independently without significant management
  • Energetic with a strong work ethic and drive to succeed
  • Ability to work and lead direct and cross-functional teams
  • Ability to adjust constantly, adapt and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced Internet environment
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