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Product Manager - Tech III

Company: Discovery Inc.
Location: Sterling
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Discovery hires the very best and brightest talent who are enthusiastic and passionate to fulfill the company's mission of empowering people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity.

In exchange for their talent and drive, employees are provided with an engaging, diverse workplace and the resources they need to learn, thrive and grow in their careers.

Job Summary

Our Team

Discovery hires the very best and brightest talent who are enthusiastic and passionate to fulfill the company's mission of empowering people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity. In exchange for their talent and drive, employees are provided with an engaging, diverse workplace and the resources they need to learn, thrive and grow in their careers.

About Discovery Direct-to-Consumer

Discovery's Digital group is a well-funded start-up within Discovery, Inc. We are fast, nimble, and have fun developing new, innovative, and immersive digital products and content for iconic brands. We are working at the crossroads of technology, entertainment, and everyday utility. As content creators across the digital ecosystem, we continuously leverage our technology to create immersive viewing and interactive experiences.

We tell engaging stories to millions of viewers across the Internet every day and bring new interactive experiences to life to not only entertain but improve the lives of our customers. Most recently, our group is behind the launch of Discovery+, Discovery's global streaming service, serving as the definitive destination for real life entertainment with the largest ever content offering at launch, which debuted in the U.S. on January 4, 2021.

About the Role

The Product Owner oversees product planning, execution, roll-out, and maintenance for a variety of Content Systems' applications and services to support the direct to consumer initiatives. This includes creating and prioritizing product and business requirements, defining the product roadmap, and working closely with business and technology teams to satisfy the product's users. The product owner plays the primary role in defining features and requirements. He/she will determine and prioritize product enhancements to meet Discovery's changing needs and adapt to current technology. The product owner must have strong analytical skills, be an excellent communicator and negotiator, and be able to work towards high-level goals with minimal oversight. The Product Owner must understand business objectives and build compelling products that meet them. He/she must be a strong team player who can build consensus within a cross-functional team while keeping everyone on task and on-schedule. The product owner must be both a listener and a negotiator, hearing the needs of business stakeholders while advocating for the product. This will require him/her to effectively collaborate across disciplines in a matrixed and geographically diverse team.

The group's focus is on enterprise application development using state of the art front end development tools and database technology. We follow an agile software development lifecycle methodology.

In addition to the direct to consumer products, we support all major revenue generating areas within Discovery including US and international linear television networks spanning dozens of countries and languages.

Responsibilities

Create materials to guide the work of the team (user stories, business process flows, use cases, usability specifications, prototypes, code samples, etc.)

Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of business processes

Develop and maintain effective working relationships with business customers

Work with business partners to gather process, functional, and data requirements

Facilitate communication throughout the product development process between a variety of internal business and technology teams

Maintain product backlog and prioritized roadmap for assigned products

Act as a product evangelist within Discovery, making users aware of new features and benefits

Mentor other team members and support efforts to cross-train staff to ensure proper redundancy and growth opportunities

Manage systems analysts and review their output to ensure the quality and accuracy of analysis findings and business and system documentation

Assist in coordinating the implementation of new system functionality into production

Provide functional, business, and system expertise for IT projects and business systems support

Collaborate with media operations team leads to transform business process and workflows to maximize efficiency and speed to market of content

Assist analysts and production support team with analysis of production issues including problem identification, definition and implementation of short-term work around, and coordination of long- term software solution with development team

Provide project management support for software releases, vendor evaluations, and assessment of business requests

Provide functional, business, and system expertise for IT projects and business systems support

Provide feedback for process improvements to help improve team effectiveness and efficiency

Work with the development teams to maintain product documentation to provide easier knowledge transfer and cross-team project visibility

Provide management with ongoing updates on team progress, velocity, and capacity, including initial project sizing, potential release scoping, and project completion projections

Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Administration, or equivalent degree/work experience

Minimum of 8 years of experience in the IT industry, with 4+ years of business, systems analysis, and/or quality assurance

Strong preference for experience in one or more of the following; digital or broadcast media industry, video production, content management, content localization and multi-language content workflows

Ability to work on multiple projects at one time and to ensure that overall priorities are being met

Excellent problem solving and analytical skills

Ability to quickly learn key concepts and apply concepts when identifying solutions

Ability to develop and execute simple SQL queries to produce ad-hoc reports and analyze business data

Strong communication, critical thinking and analytical capabilities

Strong proficiencies in MS Visio, PowerPoint, Word, Excel and general design and project management disciplines

Willingness to accept varying levels of responsibility in support of projects and initiatives

Possesses understanding in the areas of application programming, database and system design

Willingness to work weekends in support of software releases

Strong attention to detail and a high-degree of follow-through

A love of working closely with others to empower them to excel

Curiosity and a willingness to learn

Must have legal right to work in the United States

Discovery Communications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Discovery is committed to being an employer of choice, not just a good place to work, but a great and inclusive place to work. To that end, we strive to recruit and maintain a workforce that meaningfully represents the diverse and culturally rich communities that we serve. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disabled status or, genetic information.

We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including but not limited to all local Fair Chance Ordinances.

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If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation during the application process, please send an email request to HR@discovery.com.

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