General Manager, New York Times Games
About The Role
The New York Times is looking for a General Manager for New York Times Games. New York Times Games is an industry-leading subscription games offering, which includes The New York Times Crossword, The Mini, Spelling Bee, Tiles and Letter Boxed.
The General Manager will lead the Games team in accomplishing our ambition to be the definitive destination for smart digital games, for curious-minded game players.
You will set the strategy for the team, manage the P&L and oversee the team’s work, from product development to marketing to games development. You will lead a team of 45 people and growing, encompassing product, design, engineering, marketing and games development.
You should have experience building beloved consumer-facing digital product experiences and scaling them. You enjoy working with others in groups, with the ability to inspire. You are passionate about The New York Times’s games and have a sensibility for what great looks like.
You will report to the Head of the Standalone Products Group, which also includes NYT Cooking, Wirecutter and NYT Audio.
- Oversee the P&L, including setting the expectations for the business and being responsible for meeting revenue, expenses and profit targets.
- Develop the vision for New York Times Games defining what we are building towards and what a vibrant, profitable, large-scale Games subscription business looks like in five years.
- Create an ongoing operating plan in support of achieving that vision including budgets, hiring plans, talent and structure, team goals and OKRs, and product roadmaps
- Build out the editorial and game designer pod within the Games team in support of broadening the appeal of our existing games and build additional smart games for the curious-minded in ways that align with the Times editorial brand and improve highly engaged play.
- Lead the team, which currently includes a dedicated staff of 45 people including direct and matrixed reports, including responsibility for driving talent acquisition for key leadership roles and developing your teams’ talent to unlock their full potential.
- Build an inspiring, collaborative and inclusive culture that enables the team to use their strengths in support of setting and achieving the vision
- Represent the work of New York Times Games effectively at the executive level, including tight collaborations with other product groups within the times.
The Ideal Candidate Has The Following Experiences And Qualities
- Leadership of a large team, serving as an inspirational flag-bearer as well as a talent magnet with serious management fundamentals. This includes experience in building a diverse and inclusive team.
- 10+ years in a product leadership role developing consumer-facing products, with a preference for games experience and P&L ownership experience.
- Taking a smaller product and scaling it, regarding the audience it reaches, the revenue it generates and the team that supports it
- A track record that shows incisive business instincts to identify and maximize opportunities that grow the business
- Thriving in ambiguous situations and being able to quickly build strategy, structure and agreement that results in concrete action
- Passion for one or more of the games from The New York Times, and the ability to know the difference between what separates a great games from a good one
The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.
The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.