Product Manager – Research

Our client, a leading international publisher, requires a new Product Manager, Research, who will drive the future development of digital research information services for the business.

You will explore concepts for new products, and drive the development roadmap for existing offering to the research and academic market. You will develop strong external relationships with customers, end-users and other stakeholders to design new and better ways to support the research community. Where appropriate, you will identify and seek funding to support open science initiatives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategy and vision for research information services. Drive strategy based on trends in the research sector; defines a future roadmap to position the client at the forefront of research and evidence within the sector.
  • Product development. Identifies and develops ideas for new products within research information services, including the expansion of existing products based on market trends and feedback. Develops business cases and plans for investment, and translates these into project plans and roadmaps.
  • Monitors and owns the commercial Key Performance Indicators of research information business.
  • End-user and customer requirements
  • Works with colleagues to ensure the research proposition is compelling and competitive to secure revenues from the higher and further education sector, and associated government research funders and donors; supports the development of sales materials and presentations and commercial pitches; helps scan for prospective bids and tenders from funders/donors and prepares responses (as appropriate).

Skills & Experience:

  • 5 years’ experience working within the research information sector, which may include scholarly publishing or a publishing technology company.
  • Excellent knowledge of the scholarly research marketplace and the latest thinking in terms of discovering and collaborating on research.
  • Experience of working with internal or external platform providers.
  • Commercially focused with experience in delivering new products within a budget or to
  • deliver specific outcomes that support ROI.
  • Experience working in a project management/delivery environment (Prince2, Agile etc)
  • Prior knowledge of the agricultural sector is not essential.

Product Manager – Library Software

Our client, a library software company, requires a new Product Manager to define and deliver new enhancements to the company's core products.

You will be the product expert for the business and you will work towards achieving the business goals and KPIs set out for the product, collaborating closely with stakeholders of all levels across the business.

We need an experienced product manager that has a deep curiosity in all aspects of the product and the market, building a strong knowledge of the key users and customers, acting as an advocate for their needs and views.

You promote and execute product management best practices within the team and to continually strive to improve as well as contribute towards moving in the strategic direction of the product.

Skills & Experience:

  • Experience working in Product Management
  • Awareness of the Academic Publishing Industry
  • Awareness & Experience (preferable) of Library Systems, such as Link Resolvers, Discovery Tools and Integrated Library Systems
  • Strong attention to detail skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Effective stress management skills
  • Strong working knowledge of the full suite and administration of Office 365 Microsoft solutions
  • Strong knowledge of product management best practices
  • Good understanding of the latest tech trends.
  • Good understanding of webdevelopment practices and it’s technical aspects
  • Working knowledge of Google Analytics and/or other data analytics / data management tools
  • To be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently and in a fast-changing environment.