Pearson Commercial Product Manager - Physical Sciences in Topeka, Kansas
What you’ll do:
Be the voice of the customer by working with colleagues in North America (and around the globe) to support the identification, assessment, prioritization of market opportunities & customer pain points in science education to ensure focus on maximizing both commercial and learner outcomes.
Contribute to the creation of new products and features and retire existing products as needed along the Product life cycle, with a hyper-focus on developing a strategy and product plan for the future of the portfolio in the education product space.
Gather and use research and customer feedback leading to deep market insight of both your products and competitor products, along with digital experience and analytics to design product strategy and identify which customers to target/key problems to solve.
Content Strategy research - lead qualitative and quantitative research to identify content needs, opportunities, or gaps and prioritize the order of content to develop for the market.
Acquire the authorial talent for the given portfolio. Manage authors directly with the aim of bringing their best work to market.
Collaborate closely on projects with colleagues from many internal stakeholder teams, including other Commercial Product Managers, Content Production, Sales, Marketing, UX, Efficacy & Learning Research, as well as the Application and Platform Product Management teams to create products that improve outcomes for learners while driving business value for Pearson.
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) through knowledge and creation of the product P&Ls.
Key Requirements and Attributes
Degree (or equivalent preferred)
Product management experience, including managing digital products
Ability to travel as needed ( up to 10%)
Good understanding of education, higher education in particular, 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.
You are passionate about applying the principles of design thinking and bring empathy, curiosity, and collaboration as you explore innovative ideas.
Competence to balance strategic thinking with a focus on operational delivery.
Ability to tell a story using data and customer feedback to champion the problems to solve.
Focus on building an inclusive culture and empowering cross-functional teams to add up to more than the sum of their parts.
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 a data-informed decision-making mindset 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 can 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 can 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 demonstrate international cultural agility.
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Job: PRODUCT MANAGEMENT
Organization: Higher Education
Req ID: 7122