VP, Product

Location: Syracuse, NY 13202
Department: Software/Product Development

LEARFIELD is the leading media and technology services company in intercollegiate athletics. The company unlocks the value of college sports for brands and fans through an omnichannel platform with innovative content and commerce solutions for fan engagement. The LEARFIELD suite of services includes licensing and multimedia sponsorship management; publishing, audio, digital and social media; data analytics; ticketing, ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue technology systems.

Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company has long had the privilege of being an advocate for intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete experience. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

Our people-friendly culture is a hallmark of our style and approach to business and is rooted in values demonstrating intentional and active care for other people. The company and its employees strive each day to live by the company's value statement: “build the team, grow the company, have fun, love and serve others.” 

An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield IMG College has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for nearly 250 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup.

Our people-friendly culture is a hallmark of our style and approach to business and is rooted in values demonstrating intentional and active care for other people. The company and its employees strive each day to live by the company's value statement: “build the team, grow the company, have fun, love and serve others.”


About SIDEARM Sports

The team at SIDEARM provides the technology platform that powers the official websites, mobile apps, statistical integration, live audio and video streaming, and e-commerce platforms of more than 1,300 collegiate athletic partners across the nation. 

We’re a passionate mix of technologists, creatives, and strategists that care deeply about the products we create, and the people we create them for.  We stand at the intersection of sports and technology, and are constantly innovating and evolving our products to deeply integrate the industries and provide exceptional products for our partners and their fans.   Our team embraces a casual and collaborative work environment that moves at a rapid pace, where all team members are deeply involved in the success of our products and services. 

We're fortunate enough to be trusted by some of the biggest brands in the industry, including 300 NCAA Division I programs, and over 55 of the 65 Power 5 athletic departments.  We are proud that the work we do is experienced by millions of sports fans each year.  


Description: 

The VP of Product drives the future direction of cutting-edge digital products that power the fan experience.  This position will manage the strategic direction and implementation of SIDEARM's product strategy and developmental roadmaps to ensure success in the market.  In addition, the VP of Product will identify opportunities for future growth through market research, partnerships, integrations, and new development in order to ensure product success and achievement of business objectives. 

This position balances strategy, creativity, and analytical decision-making.  The VP of Product is highly organized and driven by the desire to create exceptional and inspiring digital fan experiences.  The VP of product exhibits a proven ability to recruit and develop talent as well as lead large product, design, and user experience teams.   


Responsibilities: 

  • Shape and steer a strong product vison, strategy, and roadmaps in support of the company mission. 
  • Own the end-to-end processes related to product discovery, validation, planning, execution, and testing.   
  • Develop standards, processes, and procedures to ensure that product quality standards are consistently met.   
  • Establish product team OKR metrics and performance standards.   
  • Lead, mentor, and grow the existing and future product team members including product managers, designers, UX/UI specialists, analysts, and QA specialists.   
  • Work closely with the head of web development/software engineering to ensure effective implementation of product improvements and features. 
  • Collaborate and work cross-functionally with sales, customer success, support, and project management to deliver effective products that address customer needs and thrill fans. 
  • Maintain a deep understanding of customer and user needs, industry trends, and technological advancements.  
  • Support and inspire team by encouraging individual growth and by challenging expectations.   
  • Positively contribute to driving SIDEARM’s unwavering commitment to its people, culture and diversity. 

Qualifications:

  • 8-10 years of experience in digital product management or creative direction and leadership, preferably in the web and/or mobile app field. 
  • Extensive experience in defining user needs, requirements, specifications, and product roadmaps. 
  • Extensive experience with, and strong proponent of Agile development methodologies. 
  • Proven track record of success in the conception and design of high-quality digital products. 
  • Passion for leading, mentoring, and scaling product teams to reach their full potential. 
  • The ability to quickly absorb and analyze information, find creative solutions, and back product decisions with sound evidence. 
  • Excellent communication & presentation skills with proven ability to effectively communicate with both business and technical teams. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Learfield IMG College is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Female / Minority / Disability / Protected Veteran / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. LEARFIELD is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Female / Minority / Disability / Protected Veteran / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.

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