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Pearson Commercial Product Manager, World Languages in Hoboken, New Jersey

Commercial Product Manager, World Languages


We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.

We’re looking for an experienced Product Manager for the World Languages discipline to join a highly collaborative and fun team dedicated to the ruthless prioritization of customer value embedded in the products we build which capitalize on market opportunities, meet customer needs and deliver learner outcomes. The Commercial Product Manager for World Languages is accountable for delivering products and the portfolio using internal & external resources that meet market expectations and drives value for our customers and revenue for Pearson. We value teamwork, trust, flexibility, achievement, and solving difficult problems while having fun. The role reports to the Director Product Management: Humanities, Social Sciences, World Languages and English.

What you’ll do

  • Be the voice of the customer by working with colleagues in North America and around the world to support the identification, assessment and prioritization of market opportunities & customer pain points in World Languages to ensure focus on maximizing both commercial and learner outcomes

  • Contribute to the creation of new products and retire existing products as needed (using the product lifecycle methodology) with a hyper-focus on developing the MVP business case for the next generation digital product in World Languages

  • Use research, deep market insight of both your products and competitor products, digital experience and analytics to design product strategy and identify which customers to target/key jobs to be done.

  • Collaborate closely on projects with colleagues from the Content Strategy, Content Production, UX, Efficacy & Learning Research, as well as the Application and Platform Product Manage teams to create products that improve outcomes for learners while driving business value for Pearson.

  • Be accountable for the execution of customer experience for your products including implementation in the classroom/ institution and drive continuous improvement once products have been launched to optimize customer experience, adapt to specific geography/market segment requirements, respond to competitor actions and improve learner, and commercial outcomes.

Support achievement of the financial targets for your product(s) and understand the product P&L


Key Requirements and Attributes

Degree (or equivalent preferred)

Product management experience, including managing digital products

Good understanding of education and learning from a consumer viewpoint: ability to translate the winning product management strategies into actionable plans and products that drive value for customers and learners.

Great insight into the needs of different markets and the opportunities within them, capability to build execution around product strategies that serve multiple markets at once.

Deep comprehension of the digital world and ability to translate this into product realization, team mindset and ways of working.

High competence to balance strategic thinking with a focus on operational delivery.

Able to maintain a ruthless prioritization to deliver product roadmap, ensuring that the product stays on track to achieve its strategic objectives.

Strong delegation skills. Ability to communicate objectives to constituent teams, delegate assignments / deliverables appropriately and trust teams to deliver.

Preferably experienced in SAFe and agile product management methodologies as both a participant and leader

  • Expertise – You have and build a depth and breadth of expertise in your specialized field and can provide expertise to various stakeholders. You demonstrate knowledge of best practices within your area of specialism and how it integrates with related areas of the business.

  • Accountability and Ownership – You take ownership and accountability for targets and drive achievement through effective leadership, determination and motivation to succeed. You demonstrate sound judgement in assessing business risks and make decisions that balance a variety of factors taking into consideration set goals. You solve problems by using expertise to evaluate multiple sources of information, and creating innovative solutions to problems. You seek information from internal and external sources, prioritizing and analyzing potential solutions in complex or new situations.

  • Building Partnerships – You identify opportunities and take action to build strategic relationships between your area and other teams, departments and organizations to help achieve business goals. You develop relationships with senior leaders across the organization, customers and suppliers and negotiate internally also at senior levels regarding important issues within your own area.

  • Communication and Collaboration – You are able to clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals and groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them to understand as well as retain the message. You communicate points of view in a compelling way and with expertise across a wide range of projects as well as across internal & external clients. You have great collaboration skills and are able to work effectively across teams regardless of reporting lines.

  • Aligning Performance for Success – You lead through providing technical direction across the business and/or through a team and achieve the completion of substantial projects, operations or customer objectives. You have the ability to guide others in accomplishing work objectives; setting performance goals; achieving targets and creating a learning environment comes naturally to you. You recognize the impact of change on others, and lead through positive behavior and coaching.

  • Analytical Skill and Learning Agility – You take a systematic, structured view of situations, while staying focused on the execution and delivery. You have the capacity to be open to new ideas and comfortable exploring areas where there is ambiguity.

  • Innovation – Generating innovative solutions in work situations; out of the box approaches; trying different and novel ways to deal with challenges and focusing on opportunities to aid achievement of product delivery are reflected in your ways of working.

  • Deliver Results – You have a track record transforming strategy into executable action plans and also a great track record of successful achievement against set execution .

  • Time Management & Organization – You possess excellent organizational and time management skills, coupled with the proven ability to set priorities, manage deadlines as well as manage resources effectively and make data-driven decisions.

  • Global Perspective – You have experience operating in a global environment and are able to demonstrate international cultural agility.

  • Brave – Resilient and operating well under pressure and tight deadlines

  • Accountable – Has integrity, sets clear expectations and delivers what is promised

  • Decent – Does the right thing, represents Pearson’s values and promotes the company’s mission in day-to-day behavior, and is a trusted confidant to colleagues and external partners

  • Imaginative – Innovative, is solutions-orientated and unafraid to try new things, and uses insights to tell Pearson’s story in a compelling and simple fashion suited to the relevant audiences

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: US-MA-Boston

Other Locations US-NJ-Hoboken

Work Locations: US-MA-Boston-501 Boylston 501 Boylston St Boston 02116

Job: Product Management

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Feb 12, 2020

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2001235

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.