Product Manager, Higher Ed Learning Applications

Pearson - Boston, MA3.8


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Learning Applications

Learning Applications is a digital product portfolio within Pearson’s Higher Ed global product group. Learning Applications are discrete, end-to-end products that provide value anytime, anywhere by increasing confidence & outcomes associated with a specific learning activity or skill and benefit multiple disciplines in a standalone or integrated capacity.

The Learning Applications category is focused on innovation, specifically delivering consumer-grade applications via digital means (mobile, desktop, etc.) quickly to address newly evolving needs of students and instructors. As the number and usage of Learning Applications is growing, an immediate priority is to improve and increase usage of our existing portfolio, while planning and laying a strong foundation for future Learning Applications.

This means a modular, flexible, and interoperable approach is required of Learning Applications. Seamless integration with student workflow, whether integrating with an LMS or consumer software, will enhance Learning Applications’ - and consequently Pearson’s - value. Offering Learning Applications via a variety of use cases and contexts enables Pearson to explore new product models to better serve customers in a wide range of markets around the world.

The Role:
The Learning Applications team comprises a number of products that add

specific instructional value, either on their own or alongside other Pearson

products. Product Managers are directly responsible for multi-function end-to-end product development teams (e.g., Development, Learning experience & design, UX, QA), including identifying, incubating, and leading innovative product ideas through to launch and subsequent delivery of long-term value. As part of the broader Learning Applications team, Product Managers also are expected to think and connect beyond their individual products – to look across products, work with third parties, and drive connections with other teams across Pearson. They also are accountable for their product P&L as well accessibility compliance and partnerships.

The Candidate:
We are seeking a candidate who has a background in product

management and has demonstrated a passionate interest in working alongside

customers throughout the entire product development process. The person thrives in a highly collaborative environment and wants to rethink higher education. We’re looking for a Product Manager to partner with engineers and designers to develop great solutions as well as manage a product category plan throughout the product lifecycle, including idea generation, prototype exploration, user testing validation, and go to market activities such as pricing and stakeholder involvement.

Main activities/responsibilities:
Product Management

  • Product Manage all facets of a Learning Applications product
  • Lead activities across the product lifecycle including product vision,
strategy, development, planning and execution

  • Responsible for budgetary compliance for product, including product P&L.
  • Optimize features and content for teaching / learning experience based on
data as well as learning design and customer feedback; Reports on the

performance within market, meeting efficacy requirements.

  • Work collaboratively with customers (instructors, students) and members of
the Learning Applications team as well as sales, editorial, engineering,

quality assurance, architecture, design, other product teams, and project

management on opportunities to accelerate growth

  • Synthesize customer insights from multiple sources and own the
subsequent product strategy and feature prioritization based on inputs from

customers, markets, and segments

  • Use qualitative and customer research and data analysis to communicate
product vision to senior management and various stakeholders

  • Manage all aspects related to product pricing and positioning, especially
being the protector/steward of the product’s value proposition Product Portfolio Management

  • Coordinates across Higher Education to ensure management of
stakeholders. Responsible for overarching strategy and vision – including

past (historic data, what can we obtain today), current (product capabilities

we have / are building today), and future (bots, multimedia, text,

collaboration, chat, shared projects).

  • Identify and evaluate new opportunities for innovation through external
research and internal input

  • Explore cross-category opportunities to accelerate product development
through application of the Pearson Product Lifecycle (PLC) and SAFe

  • In the context of sharing multimedia, define “what is the goal of sharing
multimedia” and how best can the multimedia ecosystem across Pearson be


  • Provide guidance and identify opportunities across the Learning Applications
portfolio for product collaboration

  • Collaborate with the Learning Applications Shared Services Product
Manager to leverage common components to accelerate product testing,

iterations based on customer feedback, subsequent launch, and


  • Work with other Learning Applications product managers to establish key
metrics to support continual optimization of the product portfolio including

product usage, customer satisfaction and market share


Skills and Experience:
Prior experience working as a Product Manager or in an equivalent capacity in a large enterprise or startup.

Able to create and lead connected communities of individuals who previously

were not familiar to each other and establish on-going dialogue and


Skilled at bringing together diverse and different opinions to form a consensus

or at least an agreed upon approach that moves multiple functions and

products forward

Self-motivated with an appreciation for the balance between innovation and

commercial needs, able to “see” the future and determine which opportunities

to explore vs. those to pass over

Anticipates external or internal obstacles to products delivery or profitability

and ensures that product teams work within parameters of budget

Excellent writing and presentation skills to senior management and

stakeholders, with the ability to lead meetings and initiatives

Experience in working with an environment likely to change (e.g. apply lessons

learned to relentlessly try again)

Appreciation of digital trends and developments

Education and Special Training

2-5 years of experience working with product managers, product strategy, or

product marketing at a large consumer-facing technology company

Knowledge of the process to deliver products from concept through launch

Ability to balance & manage multiple projects simultaneously

Experience with Agile and iterative product development processes and


Ability to lead and/or work within cross-functional virtual teams to drive

internal consensus and common goals

Ability to build strong support base for their ideas internally and externally

Proven creative problem solving and innovative mindset

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Self-motivated worker with entrepreneurial passion and ability to effectively


Personal Qualities

Knowledge of digital technologies and strong grasp of digital trends

Enjoys listening to different perspectives and being open to trying new ways of


Connects well with others and is able to establish networks across business and global boundaries

Strong decision-making skills with the ability to balance conflicting interest

Self-motivated individual who can work without management guidance or


Able to successfully work in a multi-cultural environment

Can work with ambiguity, finding creative resolutions and driving for results


Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

**Primary Location: ** US-NJ-Hoboken

**Other Locations** US-MA-Boston, US-CO-Centennial

**Work Locations: ** US-NJ-Hoboken-221 River 221 River Street Hoboken 07030

**Job: ** Product Management

**Organization: ** Global Product

**Employee Status: ** Regular Employee

**Job Type: ** Standard

**Shift: ** Day Job

**Job Posting: ** Aug 20, 2019

**Job Unposting: ** Ongoing

**Schedule: ** Full-time Regular

**Req ID: ** 1911037

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.