Product Manager, Gameplay

Job Description

The New York Times is looking for a Product Manager to support its growing and expanding Games portfolio by ensuring we continue to add new player value in our games. You will help drive the decisions leading to new feature development in our games that will delight our solvers and achieve business results.

What it's all about:

The Times has launched numerous digital games, like our popular Spelling Bee, in addition to the iconic NYT Crossword, which has existed in print for over 77 years. We are nearing one million subscribers to our world-class digital play experiences across web and mobile devices. We are at the cusp of an exciting time as we begin to think about building a platform for our web and mobile games across a single codebase, and continue to invent, test and produce new digital puzzles and games to reach an even broader audience of users seeking accessible yet challenging diversions. Games is our fastest-growing business within the company and has a material impact on the financials of The New York Times -- an impact that has only begun to be capitalized upon.

We are looking for a product manager to join our team to help realize our ambitious vision for the next generation of NYT Games. We want you to create best-in-class gaming experiences that result in delightful and compelling player satisfaction. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to be at the center of an expanding product area that involves rapidly evolving technology and consumer behavior.

Our product managers are creative problem-solvers who leverage data and research to understand product health and use those insights to bring new game concepts to life. You will help lead a team of creators to build the best games possible.

You demonstrate:

Belief in our mission. You have a passion for making the Times an indispensable daily destination for our readers and a commitment to be a part of our innovation and growth.

A user-first mindset. You have a deep empathy for user problems, coupled with an enthusiastic and curious approach to solving for them.

Enthusiasm for tools that delight. You understand how thoughtfully-designed tools can bring efficiency to those that use them and, in turn, memorable experiences for our users.

A love of product management. You are able to prioritize in a dynamic environment and you are well-versed in the best practices of product development.

The ability to execute and drive impact. You have a track record of shipping products in a highly collaborative environment with a diverse group of partners.

In this role you will:
  • Shape and drive the product strategy and roadmap for new game development
  • Work closely with production, design and editorial leads to develop new game pitches
  • Become a subject matter expert on our games as well as the process of new game development
  • Identify and document (user flows and wireframes) product requirements for features in collaboration with peers from design and engineering.
  • Monitor and analyze essential performance metrics, and use this data to identify opportunities and improve user experiences.

Preferred qualifications:

You have demonstrated product development skills, including writing technical specifications and performing opportunity sizing. You're curious and open-minded, able to question but commit. Additionally, you have a consistent record of successfully working with engineers as well as an editorial team.
  • At least two years of product development experience
  • Strong listening skills and open-ended questions as tools to identify the best product solutions
  • Experience managing internal projects
  • Passion for the mission and vision of The New York Times
  • Literacy with leveraging data to inform decision making
  • Experience working closely with internal customers & cross functional partners to design, build and iterate internal tools
  • Proficiency with an agile approach to product development
  • Ability to balance longer term strategic thinking with getting features out the door
  • Clear and persuasive written and verbal communication skills

Apply Now!

This is a rare opportunity to work at a historic and innovative global media organization dedicated to improving society by creating and distributing high-quality news and information. You can count on doing work that has direct impact as we strengthen and grow our business.

This position is based in Long Island City, NYC


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.