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Pearson Director Product Management in Boston, Massachusetts

At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. 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. With a rich heritage that combines 150 years of experience in publishing with the latest learning technology and digital services, we help people learn whatever, wherever and however they choose.

We are seeking two passionate and collaborative Directors of Product Management and Content Strategy to lead our Higher Education Business & Economics (B&E) portfolio. Reporting to the VP Commercial Product Management and Content Strategy for B&E and the Humanities & Social Sciences, these roles are accountable for defining the discipline strategy, managing portfolio investment and return, identifying and driving new growth opportunities, as well as representing B&E as a key stakeholder and collaborator in application roadmaps (MyLab, Revel etc). The Directors will lead a distributed team of commercial product managers and content strategists in the development of products that drive better learning experiences and outcomes, and delight customers in margin enhancing ways.

Highly effective cross-team collaboration along with the ability to build trust and lead through change are critical requirements for these roles.

The preferred locations are Hoboken, NJ; Boston, MA; and San Francisco, CA and we will consider all candidates regardless of location.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead annual product planning process for Business & Economics to define strategic priorities at the title, discipline and portfolio level.

  • Advocate the unique needs of B&E educator and learner customers while recognizing cross discipline similarities as a key stakeholder in application roadmap prioritization activities.

  • Identify portfolio gaps and opportunities with in-depth analysis of the market, product performance metrics, and input from key stakeholders across the business.

  • Cultivate a collaborative, customer-obsessed culture where data and customer context inform all decision making.

  • Prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion to ensure our products are representative of the educators and learners we serve.

  • Synthesize customer feedback and data to identify and prioritize key problems to solve.

  • Ensure alignment with key stakeholders in Sales, Marketing, Production & Digital Studio, and Application Product Management on planning and execution of key strategies and product initiatives.

  • Build and maintain high-trust and positive-sentiment relationships with authors and creative talent.

  • Develop a strong and diverse creative-talent pipeline fit-for-purpose with an increasingly digital product portfolio.

  • Work with Efficacy &Research to commercialize research and evidence-based features, content and pedagogical models that improve product efficacy.

  • Recruit, retain and develop top product management & content strategy talent.

  • Promote a culture of partnership, teamwork, innovation and diversity, equity, and inclusion

Key Collaborations / Interfaces

  • Customers – Instructors, Institutions and Learners

  • Application Product Management

  • Production & Digital Studio

  • Sales & Marketing

  • Strategy, Planning & Operations

  • Customer Service & Success

  • Efficacy & Research

  • Higher Education, International

  • Product Management and Content Strategy Leadership across all portfolios

Expected Results

  • Customer-centered, future focused product pipeline delivering license to win

  • Clear definition of content and digital priorities to drive B&E growth.

  • Meet/exceed revenue, profit, and subscription growth targets and other key KPI’s.

  • Maximize customer value while effectively managing multi-million dollar cap dev budget.

  • Motivate and retain a high performing team of product managers and content strategists.

  • A more diverse and inclusive network of authors and creative talent.

Qualifications

Requirements:

  • Degree (or equivalent) preferred

  • Extensive product management and/or content/portfolio strategy experience

  • Ability to inspire and motivate internal teams and external stakeholders (authors, creative talent, customers)

  • Ability to execute against strategy and pivot in real time as needed

  • Strong learner/educator empathy and ability to translate customer insights into winning product strategies

  • Relationship management skills and the ability to use them to drive value both within Pearson and externally

  • Persuasive negotiator and influencer

  • Robust decision making - based on evidence and data

  • Strong commercial understanding: financially fluent and with a facility for data and its interpretation to commercial advantage

  • Curiosity, critical thinking, and a passion for learning

Competencies:

  • Advocate: Champion your customers, authors and team wile seeking multiple perspectives to drive smart decisions.

  • Digital Transformer: Continuously improving and learning, able to identify and create real-time, iterative solutions to external or internal obstacles.

  • Understand the Business: Has/develops a knowledge of Pearson’s business and product strategies. Brings digital mindset and product management experience to bear in solving challenges and capturing opportunities.

  • Drive focus on learner outcomes: Understands and supports the delivery of learner outcomes and experience led product development; leads teams to embed efficacy and learning research capabilities when building content, assessment and technology capabilities and approaches to implementation

  • Collaboration: Engages with key internal and external stakeholders with shared focus on delivering value to the customer.

  • Synthesis: Leverage multiple qualitative and quantitative inputs to create deep understanding of customer and elevate the voice of the customer in all decision making activities.

Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose – to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world’s leading learning company. Learn more at pearsonplc.com.

Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racist company in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.  

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here: 

http://www.pearson.com/careers/diversity-and-inclusion.html

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other group protected by law.

Job: PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

Organization: Global Product

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 312

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