Senior Planning & Product Operations Manager
Location: Austin, Texas, Seattle, Washington
Job Type: Full time
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Senior Planning & Product Operations Manager
Expedia Group Product Planning & Product Operations Team is dedicated to optimizing the intersection between Product, Technology and Design, translating strategic priorities into tangible delivery roadmaps. We build value for leaders and teams by establishing governance, processes and rhythm of business ceremonies, driving trust, visibility, accountability, and ownership. We are responsible for designing and implementing streamlined planning processes using common frameworks and tools that are adopted across all of Expedia Group (EG) to identify dependencies, secure resources, visualize roadmaps, contextualize OKRs (Objective & Key Results) / KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), and effectively deliver committed work quarter over quarter.
As the Senior Planning & Product Operations Manager for Universal Messaging Platform and Universal Experience Platform, you will be accountable for driving planning best practices and facilitating rhythm of business ceremonies that enable executive decision-making. You will be a highly effective communicator with a passion to enable and guide the direction of the team in close partnership with Product, Tech, Design and Strategy leadership.
What you'll do:
Own EG’s quarterly planning process, governance, and tooling implementation for your assigned teams, delivering operational excellence across all Product, Tech, and Design teams
Fully align your teams to EG’s strategic priorities by embedding planning best practices across all touchpoints in collaboration with partner functions
Enable teams to define, plan and deliver world class features, products and platforms
Facilitate long-term capacity allocation planning and roadmap sequencing of strategic priorities
Facilitate cross-team dependency mapping, enabling roadmap commitment decision-making
Manage risks/constraints and influence overall delivery timelines for planning milestones and gates
Provide Product with a holistic portfolio view, celebrating wins, flagging risks and escalating blockers
Drive high quality Jira data standards, coaching stakeholders on best practices
Build effective training and knowledge-sharing programs/materials that enforce and reaffirm Planning processes
Perform carry-over analysis quarter to quarter for your assigned teams to iterate and improve quarterly planning
Partner closely with internal and external Product, Tech, Design, Strategy, Analytics, Program Management and Business Operations stakeholders and leadership
Lead communications and relationships with partners throughout the Expedia organization
Define and embed product ops best practices within your teams, providing clear visibility into roadmap delivery health and OKR/KPI performance and ensure they are effectively communicated
Facilitate Product and OKR/KPI review ceremonies
Identify product process, governance, tooling and feedback loop opportunities, partnering with accountable stakeholders to deliver continuous improvements
Proactive identify areas of operational improvement with your team, building solutions that we scalable cross-team
Who you are:
Bachelor's degree in Business, Computer Science or related technical field, or equivalent professional experience
7+ years of experience as a Technical Program Manager / Product Manager / Product Operations Manager
Excellent interpersonal skills
Self-starter, accustomed to working in a changing environment
Experience building capacity plans, performing data analysis, and influencing senior leaders to make prompt decisions based on said plans and analysis
Validated experience designing and implementing effective planning processes and operations systems
Strong ability to drive discussions among multiple business and technical teams to scope and schedule Product & Technology workstreams
Experience collaborating with Developers, Technical Product Managers, UX Designers, Product Managers, Engineers, and other team members from broad cross-sections of organizations
Experience leveraging data visualization tools to help influence stakeholders
Understands and participates in the product/tech development lifecycle
Understands when to apply Agile methodologies vs. traditional methodologies to achieve the best development outcome
Proven ability to define and develop outcome-driven programs
Can clearly communicate process and program impact, benefits, and changes to stakeholders to improve knowledge, change attitudes and behaviors, and improve the working conditions and quality of life for affected teams
Thinks holistically to find opportunities around policies/ processes to increase efficiency across organizational boundaries
Aids with a whole-systems approach to analyzing issues by ensuring all components (structure, people, process, and technology) are found and accounted for
Assesses bottlenecks in work processes within teams to streamline and simplify workflows
Gains stakeholder trust by effectively addressing their concerns to further long-term interests
Confirms comprehension and understanding of complex information and impact to the business by correctly and clearly answering routine questions
Creates clear, concise, and organized communication materials (e.g., policies & procedures, guidelines, presentations, messages)
Considers and understands the audience’s specific needs and comprehension level to find the right message and delivery method, limiting or explaining technical language
Communicates a compelling rationale and narrative to peers and partners
The total cash range for this position in Austin is $173,000 to $242,500. Employees in this role have the potential to increase their pay up to $277,000, which is the top of the range, based on ongoing, demonstrated, and sustained performance in the role.The total cash range for this position in Seattle is $173,000.00 to $242,500.00. Employees in this role have the potential to increase their pay up to $277,000.00, which is the top of the range, based on ongoing, demonstrated, and sustained performance in the role.
Starting pay for this role will vary based on multiple factors, including location, available budget, and an individual’s knowledge, skills, and experience. Pay ranges may be modified in the future.
Expedia Group is proud to offer a wide range of benefits to support employees and their families, including medical/dental/vision, paid time off, and an Employee Assistance Program. To fuel each employee’s passion for travel, we offer a wellness & travel reimbursement, travel discounts, and an International Airlines Travel Agent (IATAN) membership.View our full list of benefits.
About Expedia Group
Expedia Group (NASDAQ: EXPE) powers travel for everyone, everywhere through our global platform. Driven by the core belief that travel is a force for good, we help people experience the world in new ways and build lasting connections. We provide industry-leading technology solutions to fuel partner growth and success, while facilitating memorable experiences for travelers. Expedia Group's family of brands includes: Brand Expedia®, Hotels.com®, Expedia® Partner Solutions, Vrbo®, trivago®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Hotwire®, Wotif®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Expedia Group™ Media Solutions, Expedia Local Expert®, CarRentals.com™, and Expedia Cruises™.
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