Technical Product Manager

Formation Core is the heart of Conde Nast’s next-generation content platform, currently powering all Conde Nast digital properties and experiences ranging from the web to native mobile applications. Foundation is the intelligence, research and infrastructure underpinnings of the Formation platform that make it intelligent and global in scale. As a Technical Product Manager, you’ll work with engineers across both teams to plan and deliver complex technology products that will grow not only the platform, but also Conde Nast as a business.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide clear product direction and generate alignment with the platform engineering teams.
  • Establish quarterly objectives and track performance against key results that map to the platform’s overall goals.
  • Build a roadmap for the core team to accomplish the team’s quarterly objectives in a manner consistent with the overall mission and vision of the platform.
  • Prioritize the backlog to balance business priorities, platform goals and user needs.
  • Work closely with stakeholders to understand and catalogue the diverse needs of the organization.
  • Work with the business development team to identify data partnership opportunities and manage partner relationships.
  • Investigate opportunities to accelerate and scale the creation of training datasets.
  • Promote a culture of hypothesis-driven product development by using data and research to inform and validate platform features.
  • Track and analyze key data and model quality and coverage metrics.
  • Document use cases, test and rollout plans for new features.
  • Perform acceptance testing for new features.
  • Promote empathy for the developer as the primary user of the platform core and balance their needs with the concerns of the business.
  • Evangelize the platform and associated projects to help accelerate feature adoption across all areas of the business.

Skills & Qualifications

  • 6-8 years managing digital products.
  • Experience managing product teams.
  • Demonstrated success in creating and improving innovative digital products.
  • Strong organizational skills, self-motivation, and sense of responsibility.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • At least three years in a data-intensive role, preferably in a product management capacity but could be engineering, data science or analytics.
  • Understand the basics of machine learning, NLP and Knowledge Management, including taxonomy and ontology based systems.
  • BA/BS in Computer Science, Mathematics, or related technical field.
  • Hands-on experience designing and using APIs.
  • Experience using SQL-based exploratory analytics tools.
  • Experience working in an Agile environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of best practices for managing graph-based datasets.
  • Understanding of technical concerns of APIs and their usage, ranging from infrastructure to developer “UX”.

About Formation

Formation is a next-generation suite of applications from Condé Nast that allow professional media organizations to edit, distribute, and monetize content at scale.

In today’s media industry, publishers are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain the quality of their content as they contend with contracting profit margins.

Formation attempts to solve this problem by seamlessly connecting content production, distribution, and monetization workflows: maximizing the efficiency of creating and managing content; increasing channels for revenue realization; and providing new data-driven ways to build content experiences. Together, this set of applications allows today’s best media companies to focus on their number one priority: generating engaging content.

About Co/Lab

The Co/Lab at Condé Nast is a multidisciplinary group of designers, strategists, researchers, product managers and engineers dedicated to creating and building innovative, user-centric solutions.  Focused on crafting transformative experiences for existing and emerging products, the Co/Lab team shapes and drives the digital strategy across Condé’s portfolio of brands.

About Condé Nast:

Condé Nast is a premier media company renowned for producing the highest quality content for the world’s most influential audiences. Attracting more than 100 million consumers across its industry-leading print, digital and video brands, the company’s portfolio includes some of the most iconic titles in media: Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Brides, Self, GQ, GQ Style, The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, Epicurious, Wired, W, Golf Digest, Golf World, Teen Vogue, Ars Technica, The Scene, Pitchfork and Backchannel. The company’s newest division, Condé Nast Entertainment, was launched in 2011 to develop film, television and premium digital video programming.