Pearson Product & Portfolio Manager in United States

Product & Portfolio Manager

Description

Company Summary:

At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always reexamining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology—and each other to surpass these boundaries—we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Pearson’s Online & Blended Learning (OBL) K-12 group provides high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions to schools, school districts and students in grades K-12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, and Pearson Connexus. The group, formerly known as Connections Education, is based in Columbia, Maryland and has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun for three consecutive years and a “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum, high-quality teachers and leadership, Pearson Online & Blended Learning is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

Position Summary:

The Product & Portfolio Manager reports to the SVP of Product & Portfolio Management and contributes to a wide range of projects focused on building, reimagining, and driving the development of new digital learning products for our K-12 online schools. The work will include setting strategy for our portfolio and products, analysis of growth drivers, development of business cases, and financial modeling. The role is also responsible for providing objective, data-driven insight and analysis into key product and portfolio issues and opportunities. The individual will also work with senior leaders across Pearson’s business units.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support the OBL Executive Team in defining the strategy for our portfolio and articulating where we will compete and how we will win; identify the implications of the strategy on our products and services supported by quantitative and qualitative analyses

  • Identify and track key market trends (e.g., industry dynamics, competitive threats) and internal opportunities that can drive growth for OBL’s portfolio of products & services

  • Provide analytical and qualitative support for regular Product Council meetings, semi-annual Portfolio Council meetings, and frequent Executive Team Leadership updates

  • Support and coach Product Management teams as they monitor the performance of OBL’s products & services across the product lifecycle and with respect to financial outcomes, efficacy metrics, and customer satisfaction

  • Partner with product management, product development, sales and marketing, service, and technology leadership teams to resolve strategic issues and drive product strategies

  • Be a thought leader and innovator within OBL generating new product ideas based on market insight

  • Lead the development of dashboards and performance reporting, while ensuring data governance and integrity.

General Responsibilities:

  • Relationship Management

  • Keep abreast of industry trends, technologies, and competitive analyses to identify new opportunities and initiatives which ultimately serve the long-term product strategy

  • Build deep expertise and empathy for the customers and learners that use our curriculum, services, and software products

  • Develop rapport and trust with business owners and key stakeholders

  • Business Management

  • Lead and support continual process improvement by proposing optimizations for any aspect of the pricing capability

  • Work with Finance partners to monitor adherence to budget including capital and non-capital expenses.

Pearson is focused on providing a flexible work environment to its employees, including the ability to work from home on a regular basis in most positions. We believe that flexibility in work/life balance is a critical part of our culture and employee satisfaction, and we are proud to provide to our employees the ability to work from anywhere, anytime. In exchange, we require that employees have the appropriate means to work remotely, including adherence to our work at home policies regarding home office setup, including but not limited to privacy of records, technology standards, equipment standards and expectations.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (MBA preferred) or equivalent work experience

  • Strategic mindset with proven analytical and quantitative skill sets

  • Comfortable with ambiguity yet driven to make sense of a complex world

  • Fluency in strategic frameworks and other forms of strategy analysis in a complex, changing industry

  • Ability to frame business issues and communicate goals clearly to executives and cross-functional teams alike

  • Ability to lead cross-functional teams in converting strategic guidance into execution

  • Ability to work from home or during off hours as necessary.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

  • Management consulting background

  • 2-4 years of related work experience in strategy roles

  • Experience in the education sector.

Capabilities & Behaviors:

  • Customer centric: Acts with a customer mindset (external or internal), builds strong relationships with customers, and uses it to improve outcomes

  • Comfortable in ambiguous situations: Resilient and able to handle complex situations effectively, understands organizational flux, anticipates issues

  • Strong communicator: Engages teams with thoughtful delivery, engagement and messages that resonate

  • Works well in a matrix: Encourages collaboration, solves problems with peers, builds trust and support

  • Self-motivated: Entrepreneurial leader who uncovers and resolves problems with minimal oversight.

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Qualifications

Company Summary:

At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always reexamining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology—and each other to surpass these boundaries—we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Pearson’s Online & Blended Learning (OBL) K-12 group provides high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions to schools, school districts and students in grades K-12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, and Pearson Connexus. The group, formerly known as Connections Education, is based in Columbia, Maryland and has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun for three consecutive years and a “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum, high-quality teachers and leadership, Pearson Online & Blended Learning is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

Position Summary:

The Product & Portfolio Manager reports to the SVP of Product & Portfolio Management and contributes to a wide range of projects focused on building, reimagining, and driving the development of new digital learning products for our K-12 online schools. The work will include setting strategy for our portfolio and products, analysis of growth drivers, development of business cases, and financial modeling. The role is also responsible for providing objective, data-driven insight and analysis into key product and portfolio issues and opportunities. The individual will also work with senior leaders across Pearson’s business units.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support the OBL Executive Team in defining the strategy for our portfolio and articulating where we will compete and how we will win; identify the implications of the strategy on our products and services supported by quantitative and qualitative analyses

  • Identify and track key market trends (e.g., industry dynamics, competitive threats) and internal opportunities that can drive growth for OBL’s portfolio of products & services

  • Provide analytical and qualitative support for regular Product Council meetings, semi-annual Portfolio Council meetings, and frequent Executive Team Leadership updates

  • Support and coach Product Management teams as they monitor the performance of OBL’s products & services across the product lifecycle and with respect to financial outcomes, efficacy metrics, and customer satisfaction

  • Partner with product management, product development, sales and marketing, service, and technology leadership teams to resolve strategic issues and drive product strategies

  • Be a thought leader and innovator within OBL generating new product ideas based on market insight

  • Lead the development of dashboards and performance reporting, while ensuring data governance and integrity.

General Responsibilities:

  • Relationship Management

  • Keep abreast of industry trends, technologies, and competitive analyses to identify new opportunities and initiatives which ultimately serve the long-term product strategy

  • Build deep expertise and empathy for the customers and learners that use our curriculum, services, and software products

  • Develop rapport and trust with business owners and key stakeholders

  • Business Management

  • Lead and support continual process improvement by proposing optimizations for any aspect of the pricing capability

  • Work with Finance partners to monitor adherence to budget including capital and non-capital expenses.

Pearson is focused on providing a flexible work environment to its employees, including the ability to work from home on a regular basis in most positions. We believe that flexibility in work/life balance is a critical part of our culture and employee satisfaction, and we are proud to provide to our employees the ability to work from anywhere, anytime. In exchange, we require that employees have the appropriate means to work remotely, including adherence to our work at home policies regarding home office setup, including but not limited to privacy of records, technology standards, equipment standards and expectations.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (MBA preferred) or equivalent work experience

  • Strategic mindset with proven analytical and quantitative skill sets

  • Comfortable with ambiguity yet driven to make sense of a complex world

  • Fluency in strategic frameworks and other forms of strategy analysis in a complex, changing industry

  • Ability to frame business issues and communicate goals clearly to executives and cross-functional teams alike

  • Ability to lead cross-functional teams in converting strategic guidance into execution

  • Ability to work from home or during off hours as necessary.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

  • Management consulting background

  • 2-4 years of related work experience in strategy roles

  • Experience in the education sector.

Capabilities & Behaviors:

  • Customer centric: Acts with a customer mindset (external or internal), builds strong relationships with customers, and uses it to improve outcomes

  • Comfortable in ambiguous situations: Resilient and able to handle complex situations effectively, understands organizational flux, anticipates issues

  • Strong communicator: Engages teams with thoughtful delivery, engagement and messages that resonate

  • Works well in a matrix: Encourages collaboration, solves problems with peers, builds trust and support

  • Self-motivated: Entrepreneurial leader who uncovers and resolves problems with minimal oversight.

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-MD-Columbia

Other Locations United States, US-MA-Boston

Work Locations: US-MD-Columbia-Grantchester Merriweather 10960 Grantchester Way Two Merriweather Columbia 21044

Job: Product Management

Organization: North America Connections

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Apr 9, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1805825

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.