• Associate Product Manager

    Cengage LearningBoston, MA 02133

    Job #1204059337

  • . Do you dare to reinvent the future of education? At Cengage, we are harnessing the power of tech to build a future where all learners have the tools and confidence to achieve their goals. As a Cengage employee, you will blaze a new trail to transform the way people learn. Collaborating with the best of the best, you will feel challenged and inspired to do breakthrough work. With the support of our united team, there is no limit to what you can imagine, create and set in motion. Are we right for you? We set the bar higher by bringing our unique talents and point of view to the table every day. We are curious and comfortable with change and are willing to take risks to transform education. Most importantly, with everything we do, we put learning first. What You'll Do Here: The Associate Product Manager is an entry level Product Management (PM) role at Cengage with an expectation that you are ready to independently own the full PM responsibilities within 12-24 months. Associate PMs serve the same function as PMs for their given product group. Similar, to the Product Manager, the Associate PM is responsible for crafting the product strategy, making product decisions, and leading a cross-functional pod. The APM role differs from the PM role in that there is a larger focus on learning and development. During one's time in the role, an Associate PM hones the skills and competencies expected of full PMs. Lead a profitable product line and develop a strategic business plan in partnership with the Product Director. This job ideal candidate can be objective and willing to make hard choices regarding investment prioritization for the good of the overall organization. Ability to: + use data to make market-informed business proposals, take mitigated risks and inform strategic decisions, translate strategy into organized end-to-end development plans with budgets, resources, performance goals, and key milestones + execute plans successfully by hitting deadlines and goals + demonstrate strong communication skills with keen ability to facilitate team meetings, focus groups, interviews, presentations and training + understand the basic tenants of learning design and theory + establish yourself as product champion and team leader -- willing to take accountability and ownership + Understand, analyze, identify, define, and size market segments associated with the assigned portfolio. + Manage product lifecycle of multiple products simultaneously within scope and budget. + Fully understand and track all product activity that affects assigned portfolio, including any product launches/enhancements and competitor movement. Develop a keen understanding of all competitors; develop an ability to anticipate competitor activity as it pertains to product medium or subject area. + Identify and test product ideas within segments, including the administration of focus groups, advisory boards, reviews, customer meetings and sensing as appropriate. + Regularly analyze product and portfolio plans to align forecasting and measurement of progress towards goals; provide business case for investment decisions. Suggest and monitor production budgets and schedules. + Partner closely with Marketing and Sales teams to seed and secure adoptions and work closely with colleagues in other functional areas (Development, Production, Marketing, Sales, Technology, etc. + Makes presentations at company sales meetings, campus visits, and academic conventions in support of sales efforts and to drive sales. Skills You Will Need Here: + Experience using standard research methods and user testing models + Familiarity with agile development process + Background in customer facing positions + BA or BS degree + Committed to results. "Can-do" attitude and persistence. + Excellent at articulating vision and strategy and helping team understand how their work impacts business success + Understanding of the educational software and publishing industry + Worked on teams that built digital solutions and software + Customer-focused; understands how customer needs and challenges translate into opportunities. + Creative and curious problem solver. + Strong negotiation and influence skills. + Understanding of how financial calculations and digital metrics are used in product management. + Experienced user of MS PowerPoint, Excel, Word + Able to tell your product story through numbers -- the financials, product usage, the market + Able to self-manage and self-access personal progress against milestones and deliverables with a high degree of accountability and personal urgency + Passion for improving education + Ability to travel as much as 25% during peak selling seasons Job Locations US-MA-Boston | US-OH-Cincinnati Posted Date 2 months ago (5/19/2020 10:27 AM) Requisition ID 2020-8697 Job Function _Product Management_Cengage is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, parental status, cultural background, organizational level, work styles, tenure and life experiences. Or for any other reason. You may view Cengage's EEO/Affirmative Action Policy signed by CEO Michael Hansen and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notice by clicking on their corresponding links.Cengage is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at ~~~ or you may call us at +~~~.

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