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**Product & Portfolio Manager**

**Description**

Company Summary:

At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always reexamining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. 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. By pushing the boundaries of technology—and each other to surpass these boundaries—we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Pearson’s Online & Blended Learning (OBL) K-12 group provides high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions to schools, school districts and students in grades K-12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, and Pearson Connexus. The group, formerly known as Connections Education, is based in Columbia, Maryland and has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun for three consecutive years and a “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum, high-quality teachers and leadership, Pearson Online & Blended Learning is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

Position Summary:

The Product & Portfolio Manager reports to the SVP of Product & Portfolio Management and contributes to a wide range of projects focused on building, reimagining, and driving the development of new digital learning products for our K-12 online schools. The work will include setting strategy for our portfolio and products, analysis of growth drivers, development of business cases, and financial modeling. The role is also responsible for providing objective, data-driven insight and analysis into key product and portfolio issues and opportunities. The individual will also work with senior leaders across Pearson’s business units.

Primary Responsibilities:

Support the OBL Executive Team in defining the strategy for our portfolio and articulating where we will compete and how we will win; identify the implications of the strategy on our products and services supported by quantitative and qualitative analyses

Identify and track key market trends (e.g., industry dynamics, competitive threats) and internal opportunities that can drive growth for OBL’s portfolio of products & services

Provide analytical and qualitative support for regular Product Council meetings, semi-annual Portfolio Council meetings, and frequent Executive Team Leadership updates

Support and coach Product Management teams as they monitor the performance of OBL’s products & services across the product lifecycle and with respect to financial outcomes, efficacy metrics, and customer satisfaction

Partner with product management, product development, sales and marketing, service, and technology leadership teams to resolve strategic issues and drive product strategies

Be a thought leader and innovator within OBL generating new product ideas based on market insight

Lead the development of dashboards and performance reporting, while ensuring data governance and integrity.

General Responsibilities:

Relationship Management

Keep abreast of industry trends, technologies, and competitive analyses to identify new opportunities and initiatives which ultimately serve the long-term product strategy

Build deep expertise and empathy for the customers and learners that use our curriculum, services, and software products

Develop rapport and trust with business owners and key stakeholders

Business Management

Lead and support continual process improvement by proposing optimizations for any aspect of the pricing capability

Work with Finance partners to monitor adherence to budget including capital and non-capital expenses.

Pearson is focused on providing a flexible work environment to its employees, including the ability to work from home on a regular basis in most positions. We believe that flexibility in work/life balance is a critical part of our culture and employee satisfaction, and we are proud to provide to our employees the ability to work from anywhere, anytime. In exchange, we require that employees have the appropriate means to work remotely, including adherence to our work at home policies regarding home office setup, including but not limited to privacy of records, technology standards, equipment standards and expectations.

Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree (MBA preferred) or equivalent work experience

Strategic mindset with proven analytical and quantitative skill sets

Comfortable with ambiguity yet driven to make sense of a complex world

Fluency in strategic frameworks and other forms of strategy analysis in a complex, changing industry

Ability to frame business issues and communicate goals clearly to executives and cross-functional teams alike

Ability to lead cross-functional teams in converting strategic guidance into execution

Ability to work from home or during off hours as necessary.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

Management consulting background

2-4 years of related work experience in strategy roles

Experience in the education sector.

Capabilities & Behaviors:

Customer centric: Acts with a customer mindset (external or internal), builds strong relationships with customers, and uses it to improve outcomes

Comfortable in ambiguous situations: Resilient and able to handle complex situations effectively, understands organizational flux, anticipates issues

Strong communicator: Engages teams with thoughtful delivery, engagement and messages that resonate

Works well in a matrix: Encourages collaboration, solves problems with peers, builds trust and support

Self-motivated: Entrepreneurial leader who uncovers and resolves problems with minimal oversight.

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**Qualifications**

Company Summary:

At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always reexamining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. 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. By pushing the boundaries of technology—and each other to surpass these boundaries—we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Pearson’s Online & Blended Learning (OBL) K-12 group provides high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions to schools, school districts and students in grades K-12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, and Pearson Connexus. The group, formerly known as Connections Education, is based in Columbia, Maryland and has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun for three consecutive years and a “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum, high-quality teachers and leadership, Pearson Online & Blended Learning is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

Position Summary:

The Product & Portfolio Manager reports to the SVP of Product & Portfolio Management and contributes to a wide range of projects focused on building, reimagining, and driving the development of new digital learning products for our K-12 online schools. The work will include setting strategy for our portfolio and products, analysis of growth drivers, development of business cases, and financial modeling. The role is also responsible for providing objective, data-driven insight and analysis into key product and portfolio issues and opportunities. The individual will also work with senior leaders across Pearson’s business units.

Primary Responsibilities:

Support the OBL Executive Team in defining the strategy for our portfolio and articulating where we will compete and how we will win; identify the implications of the strategy on our products and services supported by quantitative and qualitative analyses

Identify and track key market trends (e.g., industry dynamics, competitive threats) and internal opportunities that can drive growth for OBL’s portfolio of products & services

Provide analytical and qualitative support for regular Product Council meetings, semi-annual Portfolio Council meetings, and frequent Executive Team Leadership updates

Support and coach Product Management teams as they monitor the performance of OBL’s products & services across the product lifecycle and with respect to financial outcomes, efficacy metrics, and customer satisfaction

Partner with product management, product development, sales and marketing, service, and technology leadership teams to resolve strategic issues and drive product strategies

Be a thought leader and innovator within OBL generating new product ideas based on market insight

Lead the development of dashboards and performance reporting, while ensuring data governance and integrity.

General Responsibilities:

Relationship Management

Keep abreast of industry trends, technologies, and competitive analyses to identify new opportunities and initiatives which ultimately serve the long-term product strategy

Build deep expertise and empathy for the customers and learners that use our curriculum, services, and software products

Develop rapport and trust with business owners and key stakeholders

Business Management

Lead and support continual process improvement by proposing optimizations for any aspect of the pricing capability

Work with Finance partners to monitor adherence to budget including capital and non-capital expenses.

Pearson is focused on providing a flexible work environment to its employees, including the ability to work from home on a regular basis in most positions. We believe that flexibility in work/life balance is a critical part of our culture and employee satisfaction, and we are proud to provide to our employees the ability to work from anywhere, anytime. In exchange, we require that employees have the appropriate means to work remotely, including adherence to our work at home policies regarding home office setup, including but not limited to privacy of records, technology standards, equipment standards and expectations.

Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree (MBA preferred) or equivalent work experience

Strategic mindset with proven analytical and quantitative skill sets

Comfortable with ambiguity yet driven to make sense of a complex world

Fluency in strategic frameworks and other forms of strategy analysis in a complex, changing industry

Ability to frame business issues and communicate goals clearly to executives and cross-functional teams alike

Ability to lead cross-functional teams in converting strategic guidance into execution

Ability to work from home or during off hours as necessary.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

Management consulting background

2-4 years of related work experience in strategy roles

Experience in the education sector.

Capabilities & Behaviors:

Customer centric: Acts with a customer mindset (external or internal), builds strong relationships with customers, and uses it to improve outcomes

Comfortable in ambiguous situations: Resilient and able to handle complex situations effectively, understands organizational flux, anticipates issues

Strong communicator: Engages teams with thoughtful delivery, engagement and messages that resonate

Works well in a matrix: Encourages collaboration, solves problems with peers, builds trust and support

Self-motivated: Entrepreneurial leader who uncovers and resolves problems with minimal oversight.

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-MD-Columbia

**Other Locations** United States, US-MA-Boston

**Work Locations:** US-MD-Columbia-Grantchester Merriweather 10960 Grantchester Way Two Merriweather Columbia 21044

**Job:** Product Management

**Organization:** North America Connections

**Employee Status:** Regular Employee

**Job Type:** Standard

**Shift:** Day Job

**Job Posting:** Apr 9, 2018

**Job Unposting:** Ongoing

**Schedule:** Full-time Regular

**Req ID:** 1805825

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Pearson plc
Website : http://www.pearson.com/

Company Profile
Welcome to Pearson. Around a decade ago, we set out to make this a learning company. (We said, a little too immodestly for my liking, that we wanted to become the world’s leading learning company). We’ve made some progress along the way. But whatever we’ve accomplished, we recognize the wisdom in Alexander Pope’s observation. We can’t stop at a little; there is so much more to do. Tens of millions of students still don’t even have the chance to go to school. Many more fall behind or drop out of education completely, as adults languish without the skills to realize their dreams.

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