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Senior Product Manager

NWEA, Portland, OR

Job - Corporate/Business

Close Date: 12/06/2019

Senior Product Manager

About this role…

As a Senior Product Manager at NWEA, you will be a valuable contributor within our Product Management Assessment team and report to a Sr Director of Product Management. You will work across the organization to collaboratively develop and manage product/service strategy, planning and execution throughout the product lifecycle, including the definition of market and product opportunities, business cases and pricing models, market requirements, product roadmap and release plans, market and competitive positioning, product feature design, product development priorities, release readiness and product maintenance. In this role, you will work with colleagues in their product/service line to provide a cohesive product/service line offering that contributes to the comprehensive portfolio solution. You will work closely with Product Marketing and Sales on go-to-market strategy and execution for their product. As a Senior Product Manager, you will be responsible for ensuring that your product/service supports the organization’s overall strategy and mission and profitability and partner satisfaction goals are met. Location: This position will be located at our Portland, OR. headquarters. Candidates must reside in the Portland metro area or be willing to relocate.

Your next challenge…

Responsible for all aspects of product management for assigned product(s) and service(s), including vision, strategy, positioning, planning, and execution including but not limited to market and product/service opportunities, business and financial analysis, roadmap and release, market requirements, functional requirements validation, go-to-market information and artifacts, and sales support
Proactively meet with Customers and Prospects to assess needs, identify opportunities and build relationships that provide relevant market data and inform product choices
Coordinates planning with other product managers and stakeholders to ensure comprehensive market readiness from a segment perspective given market trending, compliance concerns and political drivers
Evangelize and socialize product or service strategy, vision and value proposition with internal and external stakeholders
Manage products and services throughout the product life-cycle from solution innovation, definition, release and end-of-life planning
Assess technology trends, and current and emerging competitors in order to inform product direction; utilize and gather market and industry research and analysis to inform a long-range product roadmap
Identify opportunities to optimize product/service profitability through value-based pricing, production efficiency recommendations, and competitive and market intelligence to improve partner retention rates and partner satisfaction
Attend key industry conferences capture key takeaways and socialize with the product management team and the organization
Regularly interact with product user groups, industry leaders and the learning community
Travel as required, up to 15%
Traits for success…

Ability to embed the organizational mission as the core driver in product strategy and planning, balancing business and market demands in the context of the organizational mission.
Provide product leadership and demonstrates a sustained ability to manage products in a dynamic, fast changing environment is essential
Ability to establish priorities and results within the cross-functional teams at NWEA while concurrently managing unrelated, multiple and complex technical requirements on a timely basis.
Ability to make timely decisions and produce results
Capable of establishing a business case to support product strategy and direction
Consistent, proactive and healthy cross-functional communication skills that motivates cross-functional teams and all business relationships
Ability to quickly identify trends, threats and opportunities
Demonstrated ability to drive results and to work effectively across multiple groups
Sound business judgment and acumen and solid understanding of financial issues impacting product profitability including the ability to read a financial statement, manage the P&L of the product, and deliver projected margins and market performance
Exceptional skills in partnering with clients
Demonstrated ability to operate and contribute at both a tactical and strategic level
Education and experience…

Bachelor's degree in education, technical or business discipline; advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred
Minimum seven (7) years’ experience in product management, product marketing, business analysis or related discipline
Experience with all aspects of go-to-market planning and launch
Demonstrated success in developing and launching complex technology products
Solid knowledge/experience with the Product Lifecycle Management processes such as product requirements definition, product business plan development, new product introduction, etc.
Knowledge of and experience with K-12 educational assessment desired, but not required
Proficient with Pragmatic or 280 group Product Management frameworks a plus


 Customer Focus: Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions

 Communicates Effectively - Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

 Instills Trust - Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.

 Drives Results - Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.

About us….

NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency—and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative pre-K–12 assessments, including our flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP® Skills™; and our reading fluency and comprehension assessment, MAP® Reading Fluency™. Educators trust our professional learning offerings to accelerate student learning and our research to support assessment validity and data interpretation. Our tools are trusted by educators in more than 9,500 schools, districts, and education agencies in 145 countries.

What we can offer you….

At NWEA we not only offer a competitive base salary, we offer a 15% contribution of eligible employees’ base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan; career development opportunities; an awesome work culture and environment; we also offer industry leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees’ holistic wellbeing. To learn more about what we can offer more, click here.

NWEA strives to make diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) practices the center of our work. Our organization’s mission, Partnering to Help All Kids Learn, is the foundation for our DEIA commitment as we work to reflect, value, and support the educators, students, colleagues, and communities we serve. We seek to empower and engage all stakeholders in the research, services, solutions and products we provide, our organizational culture, and the partnerships we establish with schools, districts, states, and countries.

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NWEA is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For our EEO Policy Statement, please visit our website. If you’d like more information on your EEO rights under the law, please visit the EEOC website

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