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Associate Product Director (remote)

Company: Cengage
Location: Mason
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Job Description:

We believe in the power and joy of learning At Cengage Group, our employees have a direct impact in helping students around the world discover the power and joy of learning. We are bonded by our shared purpose - driving innovation that helps millions of learners improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education.Our culture values diversity, engagement, and discoveryOur business is driven by our strong culture, and we know that creating an inclusive and diverse workplace is absolutely essential to the success of our company and our learners, as well as our individual well-being. We recognize the value of diverse perspectives in everything we do, and strive to ensure employees of all levels and backgrounds feel empowered to voice their ideas and bring their authentic selves to work. We achieve these priorities through inclusive programs, benefits, and initiatives that are integrated into the fabric of how we work every day. To learn more, please see .The Associate Product Director (APD) role provides a career pathway for experienced Product Managers to expand their people management responsibilities and have broader accountability for profit and loss (P&L) and product strategy decisions. The role is intended not only to bridge the gap between product management and people management, but also to facilitate a more resilient and dynamic Product organization overall. In addition to people management and P&L oversight responsibilities, the APD is encouraged to lead or participate in cross-portfolio and/or cross-functional initiatives to meet the goals of the organization.This role reports to the VP, Product Management for our Secondary/K12 business. -What you'll do here:

  • Lead a team of Product Managers by discipline area or product/platform needs.
  • Accountable for team's P&L and product strategy decisions.
  • May flex to light or temporary product management responsibilities if/as it would be conducive to the team.
  • Lead team in fulfilling Cengage vision, goals, and priorities, lead team through change, represent the team across the organization, and advocate on its behalf.
  • Represent Product across organization, and lead/participate in product, process, and/or workflow pilots.
  • May lead/participate in cross-functional and pan-Cengage initiatives, as needed and as opportunities are available.
  • Participate in Product Management mentorship program, providing mentorship coaching to designated PMs and leading regular roundtable discussions with PM group.Skills you will need here:
    • Minimum of 3 years in a full/senior product management role that includes demonstrated achievement in creating successful digital products by resolving customer needs and challenges and translating those into a strong and proven product value story for the market.
    • Strong desire to lead and coach Product Managers via dedicated, intentional, and consistent leadership, support, advocacy, and multi-directional feedback.
    • Experience in budget accountability and management including developing and tracking to a variety of financial and business metrics (e.g., P&L, usage statistics, spending.)
    • Excellence at developing and articulating vision and strategy that meet business goals.
    • Proven strategic agility. Consistent record with strategy creation and execution.
    • Strong presentation and communication skills.
    • Metrics for Management Track PMs tracked via annual Performance/Development Goals (participation, frequency, individualized goals established by manager/report).
    • Demonstrated team leadership within a matrix environment.Preferred Experience
      • Strong preference for candidates currently in a role within the Product Management organization.At National Geographic Learning, a part of Cengage Group, we are enabling opportunity, powering progress, and supporting student journeys toward college and career. Using our digital learning programs and classroom learning resources, students experience the excitement and joy of learning that National Geographic explorers, scientists, writers, and photographers experience.Cengage Group is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, parental status, cultural background, organizational level, work styles, tenure and life experiences. Or for any other reason. You may view and by visiting their corresponding links.Cengage Group is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at or you may call us at +1 (617) 289-7917.If you are a Colorado state or New York City resident, please email to receive compensation information for this role. Please be sure to include this posting's job ID in the subject line of the email to help ensure a timely response.About Cengage GroupCengage Group, a global education technology company serving millions of learners, provides affordable, quality digital products and services that equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be job ready. For more than 100 years, we have enabled the power and joy of learning with trusted, engaging content, and now, integrated digital platforms. We serve the higher education, workforce skills, secondary education, English language teaching and research markets worldwide. Through our scalable technology, including MindTap and Cengage Unlimited, we support all learners who seek to improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education.#LI-Remote -

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