Director, Project Management and Operations

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Ref#: 31941
CBS Business Unit: Simon & Schuster
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: New York, NY, US

About Us:
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom.
Description:

The Director of PMO and Operations is responsible for the creation and governance of all projects at this new venture, from ideation to launch. The Director will collaborate with the cultural and social intelligence analysts, editors, producers, UX and graphic designers, marketing managers, developers/engineers and other stakeholders to create innovative, customer-focused content.

Responsibilities:

        Manage and drive project schedules and the roadmap for the new analytics tool and book production to ensure deadlines and costs are met

        Plan and manage all daily operations

        Work with editorial team to provide consistency of voice and ensuring clean copy. Manage copyediting.

        Provided expertise about editorial processes

        Collaborate with the publisher to create the editorial and production budgets and track all costs

        Oversee and manage project managers, production editors, and outside vendors

        Monitor and report project status of all production to business partners and management, identifying issues that inhibit the attainment of project goals, and implementing corrective actions

        Run weekly status report meeting and monthly Steering Committee meetings

        Ensure all documentation (new development and maintenance requirements) is complete, understandable and accessible

        Liaise with other divisions within S&S as needed, to get books published

        Oversee the content management system (CMS) for the new imprint and liaise with CMS product managers

        Collaborate with editorial and intelligence team to help develop and ensure consistency of content modeling for repurpose, repackaging and distribution

        Creation of new project intake process to validate IT or editorial effort and cost/benefit analysis prior to adding to roadmap

        Prioritize work for development and maintain a groomed backlog of work

Qualifications:

        7-10 years of experience in digital product management and in book production

        Publishing Industry and/or e-Retail experience is a plus

        Extensive experience in managing content production

        Strong written and verbal communication skills. Experience in reading copy and editing as needed.

        Detail-oriented and deadline-driven with the ability to work under pressure. Must take initiative and work with a high level of professionalism.

        Ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously

        Ability to independently drive projects to completion

        Experience with Agile development practices

        Solid knowledge of JIRA and Confluence

        Team leader who can clearly communicate strategies and goals

        Excellent executive presentation skills

        Gather the new imprint’s technical requirements for the content management system (CMS), collaborating with CMS product manager

        Highly motivated with the desire to grow within the organization

        Knowledge of current tech trends and capabilities

        Ability to integrate and execute in a matrixed, team-oriented, open and collaborative environment

        Minimal Travel: Less than 10%

EEO Statement:
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
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