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Principal Product Manager

Date:  Jun 7, 2022
Location: 

Remote, MA, US, Remote

Onsite or Remote:  Remote
Company Name:  EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services (EIS) provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of e-journals, e-books, and research databases - all combined with the most powerful discovery service to support the information needs and maximize the research experience of our end-users. Headquartered in Ipswich, MA, EIS employs more than 2,700 people worldwide, most now working hybrid or remotely. We are the leader in our field due to our cutting-edge technology, forward-thinking philosophy, and outstanding team. EIS is a company that will motivate you, inspire you, and allow you to grow. Our mission is to transform lives by providing relevant and reliable information when, where, and how people need it. We are looking for bright and creative individuals whose unique differences will allow us to achieve this inclusive mission around the world.

 

 

At EBSCO Information Services (EIS) we’re helping to build a vibrant ecosystem to advance research, teaching and learning. We seek a Principal product manager (PPM) with strong business acumen to become a primary resident product expert for a subset of our SaaS products and promote alignment with EIS’s overarching product strategy.   The PPM will collaborate with industry experts to define, deliver, and roll-out new products / services, and enhancements to existing products, to maximize impact for libraries served by EIS worldwide.

Primary Responsibilities

Planning and Delivery (pre-launch activities)

  • Conduct competitive / industry analysis and organize findings.
  • Analyze reported customer issues and enhancement requests to understand market needs and organize/categorize them.
  • Work with business owners to define their vision and business requirements as a set of well-written features describing market problems and target-state solutions with clear acceptance criteria.
  • Engage with User Experience (UX) teams to collaborate on UX solutions, informed by customer and user research/feedback to validate both the problem space and solution design.
  • Collaborate with software architects and Product Owners (PO) to ensure the necessary technical capabilities are in place on which to build high performing, secure, and extensible software features.
  • Provide detailed scenarios to enable the PO/agile development teams to better understand the intent of features from the perspective of the market problem being solved/user persona needs.
  • Serve as the point-person and customer/end-user proxy to agile development teams throughout the development cycle.
  • Provide exemplary leadership in managing roadmap and priorities to maximize incremental value delivery.
  • Ensure successful high-quality release of features that meet customer needs.
  • Testing of key features and clearly describe any unexpected results to enable remediation by development team.
  • Proactively communicate progress, decisions, impediments, and risks throughout projects.
  • Become the subject matter expert for certain EIS SaaS products, managing communications and relationships with diverse stakeholders to facilitate the best possible business outcomes.

Launch Management / GTM activities

  • Lead and facilitate meetings with key stakeholder groups including Product Management, Marketing, Client Services, and Sales to gain internal alignment on Go-to-market (GTM) activities.
  • Lead the creation and maintenance of customer and end-user value proposition materials, customer-facing product presentations, and content for marketing collateral.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to define product roll-out strategies and detailed plans, define key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure effectiveness/impact, and promote client adoption.
  • Document system functionality to enable Beta testing and development of customer-facing marketing and training materials.
  • Collaborate with sales and customer operations / support teams to ensure feature launch activities are completed in a timely manner.

Adoption & Impact (Post-launch activities)

  • Usage metrics / Analytics – Manage data analysis related to customer product usage and mapping to product delivery roadmaps and business goals / KPI’s that will help us derive improved insights on usage.
  • Customer engagement tracking –  Track customers and adoption rates, and collaborate with Sales to promote user adoption. 
  • Market Feedback tracking –  Track customer- and user-generated feedback.  Troubleshoot/triage service issues reported by internal and external end-users.  Determine pervasiveness and impact of market-driven issues to drive product priorities and adoption plans.

Who you are

  • Collaborative: Enjoys working with others and drives cross-functional alignment.  
  • Determined: Tenacious and willing to go the distance to get things done.
  • Hard-working: Self-directed performer and rapid learner, with a bias for action.
  • Innovative: Not content with the status quo and able to break down barriers to pull the company forward.
  • Enthusiastic: Exhibits excitement regarding your work and passion for continually improving solutions / increasing value for customers.
  • Strategic: Able to see the forest AND the trees; quickly identify what truly matters.
  • Adaptable: Flows with changing priorities and conditions, facilitates the resolution of ambiguity.
  • Humble: Emphasizes collective win and value to business over individual achievement.
  • Leader: Inspires better practices, outcomes and personal fulfillment with every stakeholder interaction.

Skills or experience that you need

  • 10+ years working in a Product Management, Product Owner, or Business Analyst capacity in a software delivery capacity or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years working in lean-agile software development environment, such as Scrum, Kanban, or SAFe.
  • A proven track record of product management and delivery of world-class consumer facing software or services.
  • A history of mentoring and coaching peers and junior team members in a software development environment.
  • Leadership and coaching skills; ability to successfully improve team performance through exemplary conduct, emotional intelligence, and non-intrusive teaching.
  • Understands best practices in usability, agile development, product management, analytics and product lifecycle management and has successfully led adoption of best practices in one or more of these areas.
  • Extensive experience at prioritizing, road-mapping, and explaining your approach to diverse audiences.
  • Experienced in leading strategic discussions with executives, partners, and customers.
  • Experienced in developing the positioning and value proposition for existing and new products, including features, benefits and competitive differentiators.
  • Deep library domain expertise coupled with experience managing a portfolio of products.
  • Experienced in the use of a variety of business analysis tools and techniques to aid in the breakdown of large chunks of work, elicit requirements, or make decisions.
  • Experienced in highlighting difficult, systemic problems and working with others to define and implement effective solutions.
  • Promotes an enjoyable working environment, positive team health, camaraderie, joy, and fun in the workplace.

Skills or experience that sets you apart

  • Ability to speak on-behalf of the company in communications with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experienced in building or managing a new product category from the ground up and taking it to market.
  • Experienced in building integrations and developer communities with customers, development partners and competitors.
  • An understanding of technical systems at a level sufficient to assist with decision making and sequencing of key technology improvements to execute dependent features.
  • Familiarity with the Pragmatic Marketing Framework.
  • Certified scrum master or product owner.
  • Experience with software development in AWS.
  • Master’s in Library and Information Science or Computer Science or equivalent professional experience.

 

 

COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: As directed by Executive Order 14042: Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, all current and newly-hired EIS employees in the United States are required to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by their date of hire.
We are an equal opportunity employer and comply with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. We strictly prohibit and do not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, sex, pregnancy status, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment. We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and all applicable state or local law.


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