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Director, Product Incubator
HBP Incubator
Full Time
Brighton, MA

 Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) is an idea-driven company with a commitment to improving the practice of management. We're a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University serving customers across three primary markets: educational institutions, corporations, and individual managers.
Harvard Business Review (HBR) is the world’s most influential source of management ideas and an innovative multiplatform media brand. HBR, through its flagship magazine, books, and digital content and tools published on, aims to provide professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to help lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.  It provides new ideas, perspectives, information and methodologies that are at the leading edge of business and management thinking.  The magazine is published ten times annually, with double issues in January/February and July/August, and has a circulation rate base of 200,000 to 250,000. an average of 7.2 million unique visitors a month and well over ten million followers on social media. 

Position Summary:

This exciting new role, Product Director, HBP Labs, reports to the Chief Product Innovation Officer, Harvard Business Review Group.  This general management role leads the life cycle for a portfolio of incubation experiments for HBP. The goal of these experiments is to identify new growth engines for HBP over the next 3-5 years. We define these efforts as “transformation b” — meaning that we are searching for products that can lead to adjacent businesses, which leverage core assets.


• Lifecycle owner and visionary champion for a portfolio of incubation experiments
• Defining milestones and keys to success for experiments
• Weeding out failed efforts and tapping into idea pipeline for new efforts
• Creating a path to understanding desirability, feasibility, and viability of new product efforts
• Obtaining stakeholder input, communicating with stakeholders and managing stakeholders’ expectations
• Stays active in the market with clients and users
• Monitors trends in the space including competitors
• In collaboration with Chief Product Officer and Product Development, identifies capabilities, skills and resources needed to explore new ideas
• Effectively manages staff in a fast-paced environment

Requirements & Key Attributes:

• Enjoys achieving results through collaboration and cross-unit effort
• Enjoys engaging with clients and users in face-to-face interactions
• Develops and executes a strategic vision
• Leads by influence
• Uses facts to drive decisions
• Strong business/financial acumen
• Communicates effectively and persuasively
• Acts with enthusiasm, resilience, and possesses a “can do” attitude


• 10+ years of product management experience preferably in the media, edtech, or online learning industry developing products from inception to revenue producing
• Proven product exploration skills leveraging: lean experimentation, agile development, rapid prototyping, ethnographic research
• Experience leading and developing people and teams
• Experience building business cases, managing product lines and budgets
• Experience working in a high growth environment
• Fundamental project management skills and competency

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