Product Manager

Product Manager – £50,000 p.a. + 10% bonus

Location:  Oxford (Can be predominantly home based provided you are happy to attend the Oxford office once every two weeks)

Global research and analytics organisation is looking for a Product Manager to work on the company’s recently acquired preprint social science research network platform, SSRN. This is a unique opportunity to join an exciting team, aiming to accelerate the dissemination of open science.  The Product Manager will work both within our Discovery Pipeline, validating initial ideas for customer value using a data-driven methodology, as well as our Delivery Pipeline, working with our engineering team owning one or more product domains.  The individual can be remote although will need to attend the Oxford office once every two weeks.  You will become part of a global team (SSRN has headquarters in New York), working with multiple business and technology stakeholders, as well as connecting with our researchers and organisational customers around the world. The role will involve some travel.

Customer Focus

  • Interacts frequently with customers, and generates customer requirements.
  • Anticipates customer needs and prioritizes those for the organization.
  • Understands how his/her role impacts customer satisfaction.
  • Analyzes and interprets what is happening in the market, driven by the latest news/incidents, particularly competitive announcements and events.
  • Predicts short term market changes and implications on the product.
  • Continuously aims to meet customer expectations without compromising the commercial viability of the product.

Data-Driven Decision-Making & Analysis

  • Actively gathers data from multiple sources (customer, market analysis, sales and revenue, etc.) to drive solutions to business problems and issues of consequence to the company.
  • Demonstrates the ability to make trade off decisions between potential product capabilities.
  • Evaluates product hypotheses in a quantitative manner, including AB testing for interactive products.
  • Effectively manages day-to-day issues and problems without intervention.
  • Generates new ideas by analyzing product data for insights.

Go to Market & Product Marketing Lifecycle

  • Supports the go to market strategy with good communication of customer requirements and timelines to stakeholders.
  • Assists on launch plans through coordinated development with external customer facing teams such as marketing and sales.
  • Answers sales and customer questions regarding feature function, pricing, packaging, value proposition and competition.
  • Offers Train-the-Trainer sessions in support of operations for market rollout.
  • Assists on collateral for sales demonstrations and customer events.
  • Outlines key milestones, outcomes and deliverables during go-to-market and product strategy planning.

Product Delivery & Development Lifecycle

  • Solves customer issues with product features that achieve business goals and metrics.
  • Has a deep understanding of his/her feature area and develops prototypes.
  • Input into design documentation (i.e. wireframes) where necessary.
  • Participates in product discovery, according to defined process, for new product development.
  • Manages portions of the product lifecycle.
  • Is familiar with SDLCs as identified by management e.g. agile processes.

Strategy & Commercial Acumen

  • Determines strategic product vision and priorities for a feature area, and shapes/champions future product direction.
  • Independently uses information derived from competitive analysis to drive product direction and strategy.
  • Understands, formulates and budgets the operating costs required to deliver the revenues.
  • Creates product development plans including opportunity assessment and business case.

Skills Required
• Degree or Masters educated in either a Computer Science or Engineering discipline

• 2 -4 years product management experience

• Considers high-level technical approaches to use when prioritizing functionality.
• Is proficient in various technologies to assist day-to-day tasks (Excel, Balsamiq, Tableau, Python, SQL, etc.)
• Has a firm grasp of data and technical architecture principles and best practices.
• Recognized as full owner of a product or multiple features
• Identified, led and released changes or enhancements that improved customer in satisfaction and/or commercial impact.
• Demonstration of thorough product development knowledge, include the ability to develop related business cases, content and product plans.
• Successful participation in customer engagements.

Salary: £50,000 p.a. + 10% bonus

Location: Oxford

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