Posted: July 16, 2018

Digital Product Specialist

Highlights International
Columbus, OH
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Do you have a heart for helping children and want to be a part of a digital team who's responsible for the app which is teaching English to millions of children around the world?

If YES, then we invite you to be a part of the Highlights mission!

If you’re a detailed oriented professional who has the experience to tactically execute various workstreams with new and evolving digital products then read on!

Highlights for Children, a family media brand that has been nurturing children with excellent, wholesome, and innovative products for more than 70 years, reaches over two million children every month throughout the world. Our wide variety of “Fun with a Purpose” magazines and books are dedicated to helping children become their best selves—creative, curious, caring, and confident.

Digital Product Specialist

In this NEW role, you’ll act as the liaison between Sales, Marketing, and off-shore developers to help advance the fast-growing Highlights Library, a reading platform available in many countries around the world!

Role Responsibilities:

  • You will be responsible for the Highlights Library product features and schedule.
  • Work closely with our external development partner, the International leadership team, and key global customers.
  • This role drives the product roadmap, implementation schedules, and decisions, and coordinates global rollouts.
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Be meticulously organized and experienced with project management processes
  • Focus on creating great digital reading experiences in a sustainable and extendable manner to reach millions of children outside the US.
  • Tactically execute content and feature descriptions, wireframes, and priorities, manage localized and global feature priorities, and be comfortable speaking directly with schools, customers, and distributors as questions arise. 
  • Establish product plan, timeline, and feature set for Highlights Library in the B2C and B2S markets in deep collaboration with the International Leadership Team and global customers and our developer
  • This role is expected to travel domestically 2-3 times a year to key technology and education conferences and internationally 1-2 times a year.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Establish product plan, timeline, and feature set for Highlights Library in the B2C and B2S markets in deep collaboration with the International Leadership Team and global customers and our developer
  • Work with the sales team and the Director, International to understand implementation timelines, requirements, and al[ha/beta milestones and then be responsible for successfully achieving those goals for timely customer launch
  • Transition and own day-to-day developer management with our Korean based reading platform partner.
  • Develop a deep and collaborative relationship with our Highlights Library sales team to understand implementation timelines
  • Establish documentation and training guidelines for internal use, distributor use, and end-user school and teacher materials to ensure adequate communication and training goals are met.
  • Visit Development team in Korea and attend other key global customer events or tradeshows as appropriate.
  • Incorporate Highlights global content, brand, privacy and technology standards to meet internal and legal requirements

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in business, communications, marketing.
  • 3 to 4 years’ experience in business, with a strong preference for digital products
  • Strategic thinker that can identify and recommend practical, actionable ideas designed to improve the business year over year.
  • Ability to embrace change, be open to new ideas and be innovative.
  • Ability to be a collaborative strong team player and manage the activities of cross-functional teams to meet or exceed departments and company goals.
  • Strong driver; self-starter.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Familiarity with project management skills and tools
  • Ability to establish goals and prioritize.

Highlights is a mission-driven organization.  We help children become their best selves by publishing content and creating experiences that engage, delight, and foster joyful learning. Through the work we do and as an inclusive corporate community, we are dedicated to cultivating our best selves in our workplace.  We aim to hire talent that strives for excellence while doing the work they love, by enhancing the lives of kids and families.  We come together with a common purpose because, we believe children are the world's most important people.  

EOE

Position is located at Highlights for Children business headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

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