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Earlier this year I wrote about how to fake a product management interview. Now here is your chance to try out everything you learned, because we’re looking for an exceptional product manager to join the Safari team to work on products like Flow.

The position is open in either our San Francisco or Boston offices, and the ideal candidate will both believe in robots and love working with a (mostly human) team committed to finding new ways to make people more awesome at their jobs.

Details of the position follow.

Safari Books Online is looking for an an exceptional product manager with strong business, analytical, collaborative and problem-solving skills to join our world-class team and lead the development of key new products.

The Product Manager will own and grow initiatives from their early stages to fully revenue-generating mature products. This highly collaborative and visible role will work across the organization, with daily exposure to both senior leadership and customers.

This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate who wants to build a business at the leading edge of digital publishing, who will thrive in a dynamic workplace, and who loves getting things done.

This role requires creative and technical leadership and has a broad remit to develop remarkable products with the longer-term goals of:

  • Creating must-have learning products for individuals and teams working in the tech industry and other related disciplines

  • Iterating on existing features and launching entire new feature sets to engage users; considering spin-off products or entirely new products

  • Launching native mobile apps in addition to our primary focus on modern web technology

The candidate for this role will:

  • Get things done

  • Work very closely with the women and men who lead our engineering, project management, marketing, sales, design, QA and other teams

  • Be obsessed with creating the best user experiences for our customers by seeking feedback from a variety of sources including data, customer interviews, and social media

  • Be equally obsessed with subscriber growth across a variety of metrics, including conversion, engagement and revenue

  • Think creatively about how to generate growth and delight users

  • Balance a shifting set of problems, making good decisions about the right problems to solve in the right order

  • Communicate clearly, pre-emptively, and often – both up, down and across the organisation

  • Remain focused and disciplined, able to combine the tactical with the strategic, and balance the tiny details with the big picture

  • Be comfortable talking with engineers, publishers, designers, users, customer service, finance, the executive team and our board

  • Make speaking with customers a vital part of their weekly activities

The candidate will play a key role in our rapidly growing team. Our managers are encouraged to be autonomous but highly communicative. We rely on Hangouts, HipChat, JIRA, GitHub, animated gifs and Google Apps much more than email and phone. We strive to operate in public, with a strong encouragement for our innovators to blog often and to talk at public events about what they have done. We expect our managers to build the products they want to use; and to use those products to learn in the same ways that our users do.

Basic Qualifications

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills (not boilerplate; we do a lot of writing!)

  • BA/BS required

  • 5+ years experience in demonstrably successful product management

  • Strong problem solving skills

This position can be based in either Boston or San Francisco and will report to our VP of Product Development. Safari offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package.

Apply for the position with a one-page resume and no more than two pages in a covering letter describing the 3 things you would do to Safari Flow to drive sustainable revenue growth (and why), by November 22, 2013.

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One Response to “Hiring for an exceptional product manager”

  1. Erik Ortega

    Any way I can get some of those answers to the interview questions since the position is closed? I’ve been trying to get in the field and trying to do as much research on how the PM’s train of thought should be when trying to develop solutions to the problem. Any help is appreciated.