Product Manager, Cooking

Job Description

This is a vital moment in the life of The New York Times. We have declared ourselves a subscription-first company, staking our future on producing journalism worth paying for and developing deeper relationships with our subscribers. NYT Cooking, with a growing user base of over 700,000 subscribers, is an essential part of this strategy.

NYT Cooking's mission is to enrich people's lives by making them better, more confident cooks. We do this by helping our users discover the world's best recipes, save and organize their cooking life, and serve as an approachable guide in the kitchen. It's an exciting time to join this team. We are focused on defining and delivering on our next phase of growth and we need an experienced and passionate product manager to help us get there.

About The Role

Since its initial launch, NYT Cooking has experienced fast-paced growth and there are exciting new challenges to think through. In this role, we're looking for a product manager to help us build additional value for our loyal subscriber base.

In this role, you'll work on new product features that increase subscriber engagement across the Cooking product. Initially, you'll be responsible for Cooking's activation work, where you'll build a roadmap for how to develop habit early on so that users stay engaged as subscribers. Examples of projects in this area include: increasing subscriptions to our newsletters, promoting the usage of our app and core features, and helping users find content to save to their recipe box for future cooking. In the future, you'll have the opportunity to work on a range of other areas focused on subscriber engagement, such as building new features focused on increasing community between users and our food journalists. You will partner closely with design, engineering, data, research, newsroom, and other engagement teams within the company to guide these product initiatives to launch.

What You'll Do
  • Drive the activation strategy and execution for NYT Cooking, rooted in an understanding of our users' needs and product offering
  • Collaborate with engineering, design, project, data, editorial and your fellow product managers to define and execute on a roadmap
  • Document product requirements through briefs, define research objectives, and prioritize development work to drive the product development lifecycle in partnership with other functions
  • Advocate for the user always, conducting user research and build the team's understanding of subscriber needs
  • Be a spokesperson for your product area
  • Stay curious and informed about market and follow industry trends

You Should Apply If You
  • Have experience working with user retention and engagement
  • Have experience leading and communicating with cross-functional teams (engineering, design, data), defining roadmaps, and developing successful products
  • Are curious and empathetic, have experience identifying user needs and delivering value
  • Can create hypothesis-driven work informed by data and product sense
  • Have experience setting goals, evaluating tradeoffs and can rally a team towards a vision and outcome
  • Have 2+ years of product management experience
  • Are passionate about food or cooking!

Preferred Qualifications
  • Have worked on B2C subscription products
  • Have worked on product onboarding or activation
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Comfortable working with remote teammates.

Benefits And Perks
  • Make an impact by supporting original, independent and deeply reported journalism.
  • We provide competitive health, dental, vision and life insurance for employees and their families.
  • We support responsible retirement planning with a generous 401(k) company match.
  • We offer competitive parental leave.
  • We are committed to career development and ongoing learning, and provide employees $8,000 annually for tuition reimbursement.
  • We have frequent panel discussions and talks by a wide variety of newsmakers and industry leaders.
  • Join a community committed to the richness of diversity, experiences and talents in the world we cover, supported by a variety of employee resource groups.
  • Kitchen Days! We encourage everyone on our team to take one day out of every quarter out of the office, cooking a recipe from anywhere.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.