Director of Program Management, Commerce

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Job Description

This is a pivotal moment in the life of The New York Times. We have declared ourselves a subscription-first company, staking our future on producing journalism that is worth paying for and is unparalleled in its quality, depth and breadth of coverage. Connecting our expanding readership to our quality journalism is one of our most vital and exciting challenges as we move towards reaching our goal of 10 million subscriptions by 2025 . The Commerce Group, which is a part of the Core Platforms Mission, is central to that effort.

The New York Times is looking for a self-motivated, strategic and people-focused Director of Program Management to support its Commerce and Subscription Platforms Group. In this role, you will serve as a key person on the leadership team for the Commerce/SPG group, helping the team scale its systems, processes, operations, and culture across the team and its various functions. These systems are responsible for critical operations like the creation and renewal of subscriptions, billing and invoicing, payments and settlement, and fulfillment (newspaper delivery and digital access). This role will report up through the Program Management Organization (PMO).

Ideally, you have:

  • Experience and wisdom in leading matrixed teams to develop and build robust platforms and products by facilitating trade-offs and managing risks.
  • The ability to connect high-level business priorities with work on the ground, and the experience to advise teams and leaders by building consensus, driving alignment, and motivating change.
  • Maturity and background in guiding program managers and teams to drive completion of OKRs, and maintaining a healthy and clear accountability for achieving team goals and driving business impact.
  • Practiced views on establishing useful processes and improving them based on regular stakeholder feedback.
  • Proven ability in coaching program managers and technical teams in the correct frameworks (i.e. agile, traditional/waterfall) for the work at hand, at scale.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to connect with and influence executive leadership and both technical and non-technical contributors on project teams.
  • A keen interest in using data to make decisions, and communicating those decisions in thoughtful, clear ways.
  • Experience and thoughtful leadership in hiring and managing a team of dedicated program managers and guiding their professional development.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Partner with cross-disciplinary teams and stakeholders to ensure business and technology goals are clearly defined and are being met as planned.
  • Manage the half-yearly planning and budget processes for the Commerce Group, in conjunction with broader company strategies and goals.
  • Ensure schedules, resources, and communications across relevant teams are consistently in sync, and trade-offs and dependencies are clearly understood.
  • Manage communications for key stakeholders. Ensure issues and risks are identified and handled swiftly, and key decisions are communicated and acted on appropriately.
  • Hire, manage, and develop a team of program managers on project management, agile development, and continuous improvement.
  • Champion and support agile software development practices, and facilitate necessary nuances per project team.
  • Act as day-to-day project manager on major initiatives within a program or particular business line as needed.
  • Contribute to a community of practice among the program management organization to share materials and templates, best practices, and lessons learned.


Qualifications:

  • 7+ years relevant work experience in digital project and program management
  • 3+ years experience managing direct reports and facilitating their career development
  • Proven ability to communicate technical concepts and business impact to team members and executive leadership in a manner that is readily understood and actionable
  • Deep knowledge of agile development practices and knowledge of Jira, Google Workspace, Slack, and other project management tools
  • Passion for The New York Times's mission and commitment to be part of our innovation and growth

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