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CBS Corporation Product Owner, Multiplatform Distribution in New York, New York

Product Owner, Multiplatform Distribution

REF#: 33834

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Network

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff




CBS was established in 1928, when founder William Paley purchased 16 independent radio stations and christened them the Columbia Broadcast System. Today, with more than 200 television stations and affiliates reaching virtually every home in the United States, CBS's total network lineup was watched by more than 110 million people a week during the 2017/2018 season. CBS has been the #1 network in primetime for 10 consecutive seasons. The network has the #1 comedy/scripted program, THE BIG BANG THEORY; #1 newsmagazine, 60 MINUTES; #l late night program, THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT and #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Its programming arms include CBS Entertainment, CBS News and CBS Sports.


The Product Owner will be responsible for owning the features, roadmaps, plans and sustainability for CBS Operations and Engineering’s media workloads. The Product Owner will work with various internal and external stakeholders, including senior managers and department managers to understand the overall business strategy and product requirements as well as prioritize and communicate those requirements to all development teams (internal and/or external). The individual will work with the development teams to ensure successful translation of requirements into high-quality software applications, taking full responsibility for the development, user experience, timelines and ongoing enhancements. The Product Owner will need to prioritize tradeoffs, clarify requirements, and write/accept user stories throughout the development lifecycle. This position is based out of New York, NY.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Interface with key stakeholders, including senior managers, engineering, and support to define, develop, shape and refine requirements to align with the overall the business strategy and goals

  • Define, prioritize, and clarify user stories by working with others to understand use cases, features, business and technical domain goals

  • Build and groom feature backlogs

  • Create and groom short, medium and long-term product roadmaps and generate internal agreement with key stakeholders

  • Maintain the functional quality of the work being delivered by setting and evaluating expectations and acceptance criteria

  • Periodically review the product/applications with stakeholders to ensure all features meets expectations

  • Work with engineering teams to continuously improve product ownership and other agile processes

  • Track goals and metrics to measure the effectiveness after release

  • Monitor metrics and report on progress to stakeholders

  • Perform product demos and evangelize across other teams as needed

  • Stay in sync with overall company product strategy and evaluate managed applications with respect to potential connections/APIs/integrations with other company/partner products

  • Own and maintain product documentation including feature lists, roadmaps, costs, knowledge-based articles, internal training materials, etc.

  • Study competitive offerings in the market and anticipate changes in available technologies and applications

  • Annual audit existing applications/workflows to ensure continual optimization


The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, experience, and skill-sets:

  • Four or more years of working across departments to evangelize and continuously align teams with the overall technology strategy

  • Knowledge of agile development practices methodologies and tools

  • Experience writing user stories, grooming product backlogs and coordinating/prioritizing conflicting requirements in a fast-paced environment

  • Excellent teamwork, written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language

  • Experience in the media & entertainment industry relating to one or more of the following areas - metadata management, digital video and audio, asset management systems/platforms, multimedia formats, and international localization

  • Knowledge of production and media supply chain’s workflows and best practices

  • High command of verbal and written communication with strong reporting skills

  • Ability to successfully work under tight project deadlines

  • Self-motivated, team player who is results-oriented

  • Flexibility to travel up to 50% of the time

  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred


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