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RELX Group Director of Product Management in North Andover, Massachusetts

Director, Product Management

Aries Systems Corporation, an Elsevier CompanyNorth Andover, MAAries Systems transforms the way scholarly publishers bring high-value content to the world. Our innovative workflow solutions manage the complexities of modern print and electronic publishing—from submission to editorial management and peer review, to production tracking and publishing channel distribution. As the publishing environment evolves, Aries Systems is committed to delivering solutions that help publishers and scholars enhance the discovery and dissemination of human knowledge.

About the role

The Director of Product Management will own Aries Systems’ product suite, including Editorial Manager, ProduXion Manager, and LiXuid Manuscript. He/she will set the agenda for all Aries products, drive program execution, and propose new business or product strategies. This individual will report to the Managing Director of Aries Systems and will have direct management responsibility for product managers, including responsibility for their recruitment and development.

Responsibilities include:

Customer Focus

Interacts with customers frequently and understands their use cases and business in great depth.

Thoroughly understands competitive products and strategy, and how they influence customer decisions.

Balances organizational needs with customer needs and creates a strategic plan for the organization.

Predicts trends within customer segments

Interacts with other companies in our industry and engages with start-ups.

Participates in industry conferences and customer meetings to gain insight into customer needs and discuss Aries development strategy.

Data Driven Decision-Making & Analysis

Evaluates intangible and/or cross-business implications of strategic decisions.

Is skilled in breaking down large complex issues into simpler elements that can be effectively addressed.

Establishes aggressive KPIs for the team to measure success.

Leads teams to make decisions where quantitative data is unavailable.

Go to Market & Product Market Lifecycle

Develops go to market strategy and launch plans at the product level and is accountable for coordinated execution across product, sales, marketing and client services.

Ensures ROI for go to market strategy, including revenue goals.

Develops appropriate metrics and tracking of launch initiatives and ensures reporting to stakeholders.

Anticipates market changes; adapts and adjusts product strategy as needed.

Product Delivery & Development Lifecycle

Actively gathers data from multiple sources (customer, market, revenue, etc.) to drive effective solutions to business problems and strategic issues

Oversees the strategy, planning and execution.

Is a thought leader and innovator for Aries products.

Understands product development in the context of the scholarly publishing industry.

Strategy & Commercial Acumen

Defines and articulates a clear product strategy.

Leads activities to test parts of the product vision and strategy with customers, modifying the strategy as needed.

Mentors managers on how to maintain a strategic, customer-driven perspective within their teams

Makes reasonable revenue projections with stated assumptions

Gathers a wide range of information from internal and external sources to drive commercially viable decisions for the products and organization.

Proactively takes steps to capitalize on product opportunities presented by the market position.

Tracks and analyzes product expenses, cost to revenue and profitability.

Technical Skills

Has a unique history and/or expertise in workflow solutions and scholarly publishing

Is an expert in new technologies as required.

Requirements

Practices Self-Development

Models self-development and supports others to take development actions

Creates an atmosphere of continual improvement, in which self and others are encouraged to exceed the expected results

Solves Problems and Analyzes Issues

Identifies and highlights new trends, potential problems and opportunities early

Effectively coaches others on how to analyze information to solve problems

Innovates

Actively contributes to team culture of innovation and is willing to take calculated risks

Encourages and supports others to share new ideas

Communicates Powerfully and Prolifically

Provides people with a clear understanding of how their work fits within a wider organization

Delivers presentations clearly and with high impact

Collaboration and Teamwork

Achieves objectives requiring a high level of cooperation among team members and from people in other parts of the organization

Initiates contact with other teams or divisions to build relationships that enhance the business results

Inspires and motivates others to high performance

Energizes people to achieve high levels of performance

Inspires and sustains engagement through a shared purpose and vision

Drives for Results

Does everything possible to achieve goals and regularly measures and evaluates progress

Holds others accountable and encourages others to take accountability for achieving results

Critical Experience

10+ years of related experience and a track record of managing a successful suite of products, preferably in the scholarly publishing space, that meet growth commitments.

Track record of hiring and developing product management talent.

Knowledge of and experience with Agile development methodologies. Experience in leading a transition from waterfall to agile development a plus.

Education

Bachelors or Masters degree in a related field. MBA or management degree strongly desirable.

Elsevier is an equal opportunity employer: qualified applicants are considered for and treated during employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, disability status, protected veteran status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. If a qualified individual with a disability or disabled veteran needs a reasonable accommodation to use or access our online system, that individual should please contact 1.877.734.1938 or accommodations@relx.com.

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