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Cengage Group Associate Product Manager (remote) in Boston, Massachusetts

We believe in the power and joy of learning

At Cengage Group, our employees have a direct impact in helping students around the world discover the power and joy of learning. We are bonded by our shared purpose – driving innovation that helps millions of learners improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education.

Our culture values diversity, engagement, and discovery

Our business is driven by our strong culture, and we know that creating an inclusive and diverse workplace is absolutely essential to the success of our company and our learners, as well as our individual well-being. We recognize the value of diverse perspectives in everything we do, and strive to ensure employees of all levels and backgrounds feel empowered to voice their ideas and bring their authentic selves to work. We achieve these priorities through inclusive programs, benefits, and initiatives that are integrated into the fabric of how we work every day. To learn more, please see https://www.cengagegroup.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity/ .

The Associate Product Manager is a Product Management (PM) role at Cengage with an expectation that you are ready to independently lead 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 proficiencies expected of full PMs.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Lead a profitable product line and develop a strategic business plan in partnership with the Product Director. The 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 effectively by hitting deadlines and goals.

  • demonstrate strong communication skills with keen ability to facilitate team meetings, focus groups, interviews, presentations and trainings.

  • understand the basic tenants of learning design and theory.

  • establish yourself as product champion and team leader -- taking on accountability and ownership.

  • Understand, analyze, identify, define, and size market segments associated with the assigned portfolio.

  • Lead 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:

Basic (Required)

  • 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” demeanor 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 achievements and results with a high degree of accountability and personal vitality

  • Passion for improving education

  • Ability to travel as much as 25% during peak selling seasons

Preferred

  • Experience leading a team

  • Experience in writing requirements, crafting user stories, and prioritizing a feature backlog

  • Work experience in education technology, non-traditional players, or software development

Cengage Group's Higher Education business, Cengage, supports learning and student success by providing materials and digital solutions to faculty and students enrolled in two-year, four-year and vocational programs. We currently serve more than 10 million of the 18 million students in US higher ed. Setting a new standard of service for our customers, we deliver quality, easy-to-use course materials from textbooks and eBooks to courseware such as MindTap and WebAssign. In the US, we offer Cengage Unlimited and Cengage Unlimited for Institutions. We help instructors be better teachers, we help institutions solve problems and we empower students to leverage the power and joy of learning to transform lives.

Cengage Group 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 (https://p.widencdn.net/pdvq6j/EEO_Policy_Statement_January_2017) and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notice (http://embed.widencdn.net/pdf/plus/cengage/ybs5gt19ik/eeopost-merged.pdf) by visiting their corresponding links.

Cengage Group 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 accommodations.ta@cengage.com or you may call us at +1 (617) 289-7917.

If you are a Colorado state or New York City resident, please email jobpostinginquiries@cengage.com to receive compensation information for this role. Please be sure to include this posting’s job ID in the subject line of the email to help ensure a timely response.

About Cengage Group

Cengage Group, a global education technology company serving millions of learners, provides affordable, quality digital products and services that equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be job ready. For more than 100 years, we have enabled the power and joy of learning with trusted, engaging content, and now, integrated digital platforms. We serve the higher education, workforce skills, secondary education, English language teaching and research markets worldwide. Through our scalable technology, including MindTap and Cengage Unlimited, we support all learners who seek to improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education.

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