Head of Live Product Management

Episode is a mobile animated interactive storytelling network and marketplace created by Pocket Gems, a leading mobile entertainment and games company. Episode empowers storytellers to create mobile-first stories, aiming to define storytelling for the 2+ billion people on mobile with stories that are part TV, novel, movie, and mobile game. Since launching in 2014, readers have read over 2 billion episodes and over 4 million storytellers have signed up to create their own stories, including award-winning screenwriters and published novelists. Episode also partners with major studios and industry stars to create stories such as Mean Girls: Senior Year and Demi Lovato: Path to Fame.

As a Head of Live Product Management, you’ll establish exceptional live operations and set the strategic vision for the Episode live team. You’ll be one of the primary analytics owners for the app, and will guide how we market, develop, deliver and reuse all of our story content across the platform. You’ll drive cross-functionally to ensure major IP releases and partner promotions (Apple, Google, etc.) are as stellar and as impactful as possible. You’ll also mentor operations specialists, live product managers, and the live-oriented story team towards becoming a beat-as-one, world-class, content management team.

You will drive the moment-to-moment content experience for millions of users worldwide.

You should have a passion for the entertainment or games industry (YA preferred!), be able to refine hypotheses / models and transform learnings into action, and be enthusiastic to build and mentor a great team.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Must have experience running a successful product and team
  • 5+ years of games industry experience in a product management leadership role
  • 3+ years of experience leading a cross-functional development team in a live operation setting
  • Strong quantitative analysis skill and ability to refine hypotheses/models by digging into user data and iteratively improving metrics
  • Strong experience in leveraging existing tech to optimize the three R’s
  • Strong design mentality and intuition for game mechanics
  • Ability and desire to mentor others about all aspects of the live business
  • Bachelor’s degree required, ideally in quantitative discipline (CS, Engineering, Math, Econ, etc.)
  • B.S. / M.S. in Computer Science, other engineering degree and/or MBA is a plus



Pocket Gems offers top-notch benefits, including a Premiere PPO health plan. We cover 100% of the cost of employees’ Medical, Dental and Vision premiums (and 75% of the cost for their dependents), as well as short and long-term disability, and life insurance. We also offer flex spending & dependent care accounts, pre-tax commuter benefits and a 401(k) plan. Pocket Gems is located in beautiful downtown San Francisco, one block North of the Montgomery Street BART station.

Pocket Gems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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