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Vice President, Product

Title:  Vice President, Product

Company: Our client is the world’s largest seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information and educational programming. The company’s overarching mission – to unleash the power of the spoken word – now captivates many millions of listeners around the world every day.

Location: New Jersey

What we want…

…a product visionary and evangelist with an insatiable drive to make things better. The company’s product management team needs a leader who is both humble and aggressive – relentlessly building and advocating for the customer while simultaneously listening and negotiating with leaders and teams across the company. He/she will help drive key product lines within the portfolio, design a truly agile roadmap for execution of the vision, and also inspire diverse and talented teams to invent the company’s future.

About You:

You’re inventive, and your vision far transcends what is visible today.

You know how to image and build advanced new products that are deeply integrated within current and future mobile and in-home content delivery platforms; products that are accessible via next generation ecommerce and discovery mechanisms driven by behavioral science and designed to perpetuate and elevate the habituation earned from so many customers.

You’re an entrepreneur. You see ambiguity as opportunity and obstacles as the chance to build.

You’re a passionate leader and team builder. You have a knack for identifying and developing talent, and an eye for future leaders.

You relish the opportunity to be part of a leadership team that thrives on collegial debate driven by intellectual discourse and data-driven pursuit of the best of all routes forward, and you can partake of this company commitment to the “entrepreneurialism of scale” in an evolved way that transcends ego-driven behavior.

Your Charter:

Leave a legacy. Place product innovation at the very heart of the company’s consciousness by influencing and gaining commitment at all levels of the organization. Create product learning opportunities within a key product line with an intense and unremitting focus on listeners.  Thrive on inventing on behalf of the customer – before you are asked to do so.

Develop world-class bench strength. Recruit and retain top product-centric talent who are creative, collaborative, results-oriented and culturally aligned with the company’s entrepreneurial DNA and mission.

Drive synergies between content, product, user experience (UX/Product/Marketing) and technology leadership on a global scale, and help assure that the company remains the key, positively disruptive force within a category we re-invented and are propelling into the media mainstream.

Help design measurable tactical and strategic indicators of success that include data-driven inputs and outputs that will help the company’s product portfolio serve the millions of new and legacy customers across generations and territories the Company will serve in the coming months and years.

What You Have That We Want:

A track record of gaining the trust and respect of others so as to build and lead world-class teams in transformational and high-growth environments.

History of building next gen products at scale with cutting edge (consumer-first and mobile-first) organizations.

The ability to draw out the best from a broad array of multi-faceted teams, and develop an atmosphere that unleashes creativity and meaningful work.

Expertise redefining and building consumer technologies driven internally by new science and externally by a level of usability which conforms with the company’s provision of the best customer service in the realm of digital media.

An appreciation for the business-facing elements of innovation while never confusing the pursuit of financial outcomes as anything other than the result of the best of all customer experiences.