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Group Product Manager, EdTech

O'Reilly Media Inc
United States, California, Sebastopol
September 24, 2022

About Your team

O'Reilly is looking to bring on an outstanding Group Product Manager that cares deeply about creating digital learning experiences that help our users excel, highlight the depth of our talent networks and help prepare the world for what's coming next. Our product team is focused on growing our SaaS business by helping over 2.5M professionals learn by doing; whether that is reading a book from a practitioner, trying out code in a sandbox, or attending a live training. Your role will be to manage a thematically focused group of product managers to execute on optimizing the learning experience within our platform that serves structured learning and outcomes. Join our growing team as we take the platform to the next level.

About the Job

Reporting to the Vice President of Product, the Group Product Manager role focuses on executing the strategy and managing a team focused on the delivery of cohesive content experiences within our learning platform. Help our customers find the content they should be paying attention to with pathing and features that enhance the value and usability of our offering. The ultimate goal is to build sophisticated learning products that increase engagement and help our users meet their goals. You will be part of a larger product team that aligns business and growth needs with overall platform strategies meaning you will have to be flexible with your tactics and direction to make sure that customer, departmental, and company goals are achieved.

As a part of this role, you'll work very closely with the Vice President of Product to understand the company vision and how the platform strategy fits into the long-term objectives for the company. You will work with and learn from a wide range of practitioners from disciplines in editorial, instructional design, product design, product marketing, project management, finance, data science, and more. You'll apply these disciplines to achieve your product and business goals with the team.

Job Details

  • You are flexible and able to shift between strategic and execution mindset.
  • You thrive in a working environment that requires outside of the box thinking, spanning different disciplines.
  • You are a master facilitator in bringing vision, strategy, and execution to life managing multiple stakeholders including engineering, UX/UI, sales, and marketing.
  • You know how to build enough structure in your day-to-day to deliver, but know how to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • You have the ability to achieve strategic goals and evolve product strategy based on research, data and industry trends in an innovative and fast-paced environment. Excellent problem-solving, organizational and analytical skills.
  • You can guide the team in best practices for SaaS development, with a focus on measurement and experimentation.
  • Rapidly break down objectives into plans with specific, actionable steps. Clearly communicate and track execution to report up to stakeholders.
  • Work with engineering and design to define feature work, and help oversee the execution of that work through design, development, launch, and go-to-market activities through your team of product managers.
  • Identify KPIs in every space you are involved in to measure and drive the team's efforts forward.
    • Increase customer engagement via the strategies described here, which will also be measured by our departmental KPIs that roll up to our corporate goals.
  • Directly manage 3-5 product managers in domains that may include courseware, curation, insights/reporting, and self-serve tools to name a few. Some of this domain will be determined based on candidate expertise and interest.

About You

  • You have a bias toward action, always willing to jump in and lend a helping hand.
  • You're able to synthesize information, form a hypothesis, and defend it against scrutiny.
  • You deeply empathize with our customers who are life-long learners, building technical skills.
  • You're able to communicate clearly in whatever way the situation calls for - in writing, with visuals and data, and in person.
  • You're able to put our into practice, and draw from them as a source of inspiration and guidance.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of product development experience required, strong track record of delivery and ability to set clear expectations with stakeholders.
  • 3+ years of experience managing other product managers.
  • Strong familiarity with SaaS operational processes and enterprise structure.
  • Ability to manage challenging customer relationships, work with sales, and manage expectations with clear communication.
  • Demonstrated ability or capability to lead customer discovery efforts, including ideating, prototyping, testing, and iterating on solutions with customers
  • Basic working knowledge of scrum development methods required.
  • Bachelor's Degree required.
  • SaaS product development experience required.
  • Interest and awareness of the latest developer trends and technologies; technology savvy nice to have.

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