Senior Manager Product Management
GENERAL SUMMARY: The Senior Product Manager is responsible for the strategy and overall success of product portfolios with significant impact to Walden. She/he plays a leadership role over all aspects of the assigned portfolio and works closely with colleagues in other areas across the university (the business groups, academic leadership, product development, marketing, research, legal, operations, finance, strategic alliances, and more) to deliver on the strategy and goals. In addition, a successful Senior Product Manager is an organizational leader who looks beyond her/his portfolio to Walden overall and contributes to cross-university initiatives. Senior Product Managers are recognized as experts who are innovative, proactive and effective at delivering against objectives. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Lead the development of the strategic roadmap for significant
portfolios in their vertical; facilitate the prioritization and
completion of projects with internal and external
Proactively identify opportunities and problems and create
innovative solutions to address them. Prepare and present
recommendations to senior leadership.
Lead the operationalization and execution of the launch of new
products and academic initiatives from conception to start date by
closely collaborating with teams across the university.
Understand thoroughly the customer, the market and the
Collaborate with academic leadership and the product
development group to create program strategies and differentiators
and then champion them through the development process.
Collaborate with Marketing and Enrollment colleagues to develop
effective positioning and communications strategies.
Develop annual budgets and long-term plans and manage P&L
for assigned products.
Develop and build a high performance, cross-functional team
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree; MBA strongly preferred
7+ years, of product management or related experience
Demonstrated experience creating strategies and leading
cross-functional team to accomplish them
Demonstrated ability to innovate to meet needs of
Proficient in financial and business analysis and data
Skilled in planning, organizing, and project management;
ability to manage multiple, competing priorities
Skilled in budget development and management
Experience driving the product management process with
diplomacy and enthusiasm
Advanced critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis skills
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite with particular aptitude
Must thrive under pressure and in a fast-paced, constantly
changing environment with tight deadlines and multiple
Experience working in diverse functional and business units in
large, matrixed project teams
Travel 10-15% of the time
Ability to transport laptop computer during travel