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Sr VP Platform Product Management

Date: Apr 21, 2021

Location: remote, MA, US, remote

Company: EBSCO Industries Inc

EBSCO Information Services (EIS) provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of e-journals, e-books, and research databases — all combined with the most powerful discovery service to support the information needs and maximize the research experience of our end-users. Headquartered in Ipswich, MA, EIS employs more than 3,300 people worldwide. We are the leader in our field due to our cutting-edge technology, forward-thinking philosophy, and top-notch workforce. EIS, a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., based in Birmingham, AL, is ranked in the top 200 of the nation’s largest, privately held corporations according to Forbes magazine. EBSCO is a company that will motivate you, inspire you, and allow you to grow. We are looking for the best. If you are too, we encourage you to explore our unique opportunities.

Mission:

 

The Sr. Vice President of Platform Product Management is a vital and highly visible leadership role responsible for EIS’ software platform. The individual in this role is central to the creation, implementation and continuous evolution of a platform-as-a-product strategy that seeks to harness the power of technology in support of the company’s business strategy and value proposition. Through the creation of a foundation of shared services, tools, knowledge, and support, platform product management facilitates data-driven decision-making, opportunity realization for the business, and targeted infrastructure improvements. Using your technical skills, business acumen, and creativity, you will work with senior stakeholders across the business to provide the governance, evangelism, and overall program management support to accelerate and optimize the creation and delivery of EIS product capabilities across the customer base.

 

The Sr. Vice President of Platform Product Management will be responsible for a team of Business Owners, Product Managers, and Enterprise Architects who work across product and platform ARTs (Agile Release Trains) to define, socialize, and execute strategies which are expressed through fourteen platform domains in areas such as authentication, analytics, search, content, and APIs.

 

In this role, you will collaborate with senior leaders and stakeholders across Product and Content Management, Development and Architecture, Customer Satisfaction, Finance, and Sales to identify, implement, and socialize best practices in the creation of actionable platform capabilities in support of EIS Products & Business Units.

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Drive the creation of roadmaps and long-range plans for the domains that comprise EIS’ strategic software platform
  • Design and implement effective processes for establishing and socializing platform KPIs and strategies
  • Provide coaching and oversight to platform domain leaders
  • Evangelize platform product management principles to include personas, market problem backlogs, and delivery of x-as-a-service capabilities
  • Rationalize and align disparate processes, tools, and vendors across the platform domains in order to realize cost both savings and economies of scale in providing unified services to all EIS business units
  • Provide insight and build vs. buy vs. partner assessment of potential acquisitions and strategic investment areas
  • Partner with key leaders to plan and execute migration of EIS’ legacy interfaces, content processing, and infrastructure footprints to a modern cloud native architecture
  • Work with other senior leaders to facilitate portfolio planning tradeoff decisions and establish a rolling five-year financial and technology investment model that supports the strategic company objectives of completing cloud migration while delivering on budget
  • Provide thought leadership, evangelism, and tactical execution support for evolving the EIS organizational structure to optimally support business value delivery through team empowerment, reduction of dependencies, and clarity of purpose
  • Provide leadership to team members and peers by collaborating effectively with others, articulating ideas and viewpoints, identifying and initiating projects, managing resources, driving the resolution of issues, and holding self and team accountable for results

 

Competencies:

 

  • Proactivity/Bias for Action:  Promotes a strong sense of urgency for reaching goals and key deliverables. Acts without being told what to do.  Brings new ideas to the company.  Leads with a results-oriented mindset to meet deadlines
  • Accountability: Self motivating, self-aware, self-disciplined and self-improving, proactively does what need to be done, acknowledges problems, takes responsibility, determines what can be done to solve the problem, and takes action
  • Sound Judgement: Makes wise decisions despite ambiguity, identifies root causes and gets beyond treating symptoms, separates what must be done well now and what can be improved later, displays solid logic and common sense, focuses on long-term consequences and not just the short-term
  • Open Communication: Communicates directly with fact-based positions while avoiding unnecessary confrontation, willing to tell people what they need to hear in a respectful way, is concise and articulate in speech and writing, treats people with respect independent of their status or views, says what you think in a professional manner, listens well to better understand
  • Attitude/Approach:  Possesses a collaborative, non-threatening, and positive disposition.  Willing to change course quickly to gain a desired result. Exhibits flexibility and willingness to take on new responsibilities to assist with various ad hoc projects as needed. Is not easily discouraged. Strives to exceed expectations and “over deliver” on commitments and deliverables
  • Trust & Respect: Assumes the best in people and their intent to do the right thing, communicates professionally always, treats others as though they like to be treated, experiments, takes initiative and learns from mistakes, doesn’t look to blame individuals, but rather seeks fault in the systems and processes that allow problems to occur and fixes them, gives credit to those deserving of it
  • Team-Oriented:  Understands that input from different part of the business is critical to hear and synthesize.  Able to listen, build trust/consensus (across sometimes disparate teams), and then act  
  • Analytical skills: Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it. Exhibits probing mind and achieves penetrating insights
  • Communication and Presentation: Able to effectively communicate and present technical concepts to technical and non-technical professionals.
  • Technical Proficiency: Understands complex components, technologies and architecture and thinks about the interdependencies and interconnected systems.
  • Continuous Improvement: Continually focused on improving the responsiveness and quality of the solutions delivered
  • Strategic Thinking: Ability to think broadly about process and generate new ideas as well as drive the implementation of new workflows. Determines opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends
  • Eagerness to Understand: Learns rapidly and eagerly, seeks to understand our strategy, markets, customers and suppliers, is broadly knowledgeable about business and strategy, contributes effectively outside area of specialty, understands how work relates to company goals to make improvements consistent with these goals, follows facts and draws logical conclusions even if those conclusions differ from the status quo
  • Honesty/integrity:  Does what is right even when no one is watching.  Earns trust and maintains confidences.  Always behaves in a manner of the highest ethical standards

 

Required Qualifications:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree with a computer science focus
  • 10+ years of experience in software product development or product management
  • 10+ years directly leading teams working in a matrixed environment
  • 5+ years working with advanced platform technologies, particularly in Cloud (PaaS, SaaS, IaaS), serving customers and end users at enterprise scale

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Impeccable written and verbal articulation of complex topics, both technical and business, to a range of audiences from individual team members to C-Suite executives
  • Exceptional team builder and attractor, retainer, and developer of direct and indirect talent
  • Structured and logical thinker, including the ability to dissect a problem into an organized approach and form a hypothesis against which to conduct requisite analyses
  • Experience with budgeting, forecasting, and working with finance partners

Demonstrated experience gaining alignment across a complex organization to balance delivery of tactical business needs with evolving a technology platform which maximizes reuse, reduces duplication, and accelerates value delivery

EBSCO Industries, Inc.is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws.  EBSCO strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.

EBSCO complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and all applicable state or local law.

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