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Project Manager

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Wirecutter
Headquarters: New York, NY

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The Wirecutter is seeking an organized, action oriented, hands-on project manager to lead strategic projects for our newly formed Relationship team.  You will be responsible for discovery-driven projects that focus on building relationships with our readers so that we can offer helpful product and service recommendations. As opportunities arise, you may also work across another product development team to manage their projects to success.

As a project manager at Wirecutter, you are a core member of 1-2 cross-functional project teams. You are expected to identify opportunities, suggest solutions, and act decisively when necessary to advance a project. This is a new position that reports to the Director of Engineering and will work closely with Senior Project Management, Product, Engineering and Design.

Ideally, you have...
  • The experience and wisdom to lead project teams and manage risks. You have shipped products on time, on budget, and within scope.

  • The ability to take ownership of complex efforts and mediate between competing interests and personalities to get alignment and motivate change. You are proactive in identifying and resolving problems before they occur.

  • Excellent organizational skills. You are able to conscientiously manage and follow up on multiple concurrent tasks and requests on tight deadlines.

  • Superb communication skills, including the ability to communicate between technical and non-technical contributors in a contextually intelligent manner.

  • Effective critical thinking skills to tease out the risks in plans, eliminate blockers, and ensure on time project delivery.

About Wirecutter

Founded five years ago by journalists fed up with the time and energy it takes to shop, Wirecutter developed a simpler approach to giving buying advice: Just tell people exactly what to get in one single guide. The company’s purpose: to help people find great things, quickly and easily. Through rigorous testing, research, reporting, and whatever means necessary, we create straightforward recommendations that save readers unnecessary stress, time, and effort.  We then monetize these guides by enabling our readers to easily purchase the products they are interested in.

Wirecutter was recently acquired by, and is now a subsidiary of, The New York Times Company.  As part of the acquisition, The Times is investing in Wirecutter to accelerate its business through editorial category expansion, development of more robust product features, and unlocking of new revenue streams.

Responsibilities
  • Act as a strong leader and owner of software development projects; motivate and maintain momentum as you drive those projects to successful, smooth, on-time completion

  • Champion and support agile software development practices, and tailor that process (including scrums, planning, review and retrospective sessions, demos and more) to each project team

  • Actively seek out, track and remove barriers to completing a project. Look beyond the obvious for continuous opportunities for improvement

  • Work closely with Engineering, Design, Product, and stakeholders to build consensus and handle dependencies

  • Support management decisions with relevant data around capacity, scope, and impact

  • Manage and maintain project information, including feature definition and scope, and epic and sprint planning

  • Maintain the engineering roadmap for your team and communicate roadmap changes to appropriate parties

  • Assist in creating and updating documentation around team process, workflow and culture

  • Develop and roll out new or enhanced practices or processes to increase team efficiency and effectiveness

Qualifications
  • 3+ years Project Management experience (formal or informal) including agile and scrum practices

  • Certified Scrum Master or equivalent experience on a scrum team

  • Knowledge of Jira, Confluence, Excel or other equivalent Project Management Software Tools

  • Exemplary interpersonal skills and self awareness

  • Experience working on software development projects; an understanding of web technologies and an ability to learn technical concepts quickly

  • Ability to manage and multi-task across multiple projects

  • Experience working in a remote or hybrid organization preferred

  • Ability to take initiative and work independently

  • Enthusiasm for Wirecutter’s mission and our innovation and growth

Locations

Even with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, Wirecutter remains a highly remote culture, and open to employing people across the country (and in Canada!).  Right now, we are eligible to hire in CA, CT, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, NV, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA. If you live outside of these states but are still interested in working with Wirecutter, you are welcome to apply, and we will keep your information on file for future opportunities.

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