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Senior Product Manager/Publisher

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
Oxford, GBR
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Senior Product Manager/Publisher Description About the Team The primary literacy team is a dedicated, fun, supportive and knowledgeable group of people who work creatively to produce literacy resources for Primary-age child...

Job Description

Senior Product Manager/Publisher


About the Team

The primary literacy team is a dedicated, fun, supportive and knowledgeable group of people who work creatively to produce literacy resources for Primary-age children and their teachers. It’s a matrix team with people from many job functions working together to create resources which really work in classrooms. In your team you’ll work with fellow product managers, editors/content specialists, content delivery managers, digital development and platform specialists, marketers, designers and a broad range of external suppliers. You’ll report into the Head of Primary Literacy and Professional Development and this role is based in Oxford.

About the Role

We are looking for an energetic, independent and experienced Senior Product Manager/Publisher who is passionate about primary education and bursting with ideas to take over the day to day management and future development of one of the UK’s leading primary reading schemes, and to research, develop and deliver new projects in primary literacy from start to finish. In this role you will be an entrepreneur within a large business, and your innovative, fast thinking and proactive approach to opportunities will shine through.

As a senior member of our publishing/product management team, you will be required to keep your finger on the pulse of the primary literacy market to identify emerging opportunities and gaps, and develop market winning print and/or digital proposals which meet customers’ needs. You will come up with innovative new ideas, research and develop proposals, and lead cross-functional teams to deliver products to market on time, to budget and to the highest quality. You will be responsible for project budgets, P&Ls, and delivery of revenue and profit targets for your projects, and will contribute to overall strategy and publishing plan for the literacy list.

Alongside the development of new propositions you will take responsibility for an ongoing live service with a large customer base, ensuring customer feedback is responded to, developments are timely and appropriate, ongoing sales and marketing plans are supported, rights and licences are managed, and customer retention and revenue targets are met.

This role includes line management of three Content and Learning Specialists (editorial team).

A day in the life…

In this role you will be required to undertake the following activities:

Market Understanding & Relationship Building

Maintain and build your network of contacts and influencers in primary education to ensure that new proposals are well thought through and meet the market’s needs

Identify and engage potential partners, including series editors, consultants, experts, 3rdparty businesses and key author talent to develop and deliver new propositions

Negotiate contractual agreements as appropriate on a project by project basis

Develop and execute market research to test propositions with core customer segments and ensure these propositions meet market need, including desk and field market research in collaboration with internal and external market research teams

Track, analyse and anticipate competitor activity, and respond accordingly

Financial and Data

Work with and manipulate data to make strategic decisions about brands for which you are responsible (e.g. understanding purchasing patterns, usage patterns, pricing structures and business models, and being able to make data driven decisions based on your analysis)

Build P&Ls for your projects, collecting and managing costs and forecasts, and calculating profitability ensuring projects are commercially successful

Develop strategic roadmaps for existing products which maximise profitability, drive new revenue and increase market share

Contribute to the wider strategy process for primary literacy

Contribute to the annual financial planning process by analysing data on existing services, and working with sales and marketing colleagues to forecast future revenue

Proposition Development and Execution

Identify commercially viable publishing opportunities, develop the vision for new products/services and communicate these to get buy-in from internal and external stakeholders

Ensure propositions (including print, digital and professional development offerings) are fully researched and validated, customer value propositions and market segments are well defined and risky assumptions around propositions are fully tested using market research and/or prototyping so they win in the market

Work closely with sales and marketing teams to develop and/or refine Customer Value Propositions for propositions demonstrating why we will win in the market

Work with digital development/platform teams to ensure all requirements and dependencies for platform development and digital content development are well defined, prioritised in the overall platform roadmap, budgeted and tested for release

Present new propositions for sign off in regular product council/publishing meetings

Collaborate with sales and marketing to define messaging and collateral for key propositions

Manage teams of publishers and editors to commission, develop and deliver publishing proposals on time, to desired quality and to budget, and lead cross-functional teams from across the business involved in product creation

Work with our internal supplier management team to find the best suppliers for projects

Brief customer-facing teams (in particular post-sales service teams, sales, marketing) on products, services and the changing market environment

Service Management

Be the face and advocate for the brands you manage, responding to queries from sales, marketing, global and customer support teams, and championing your brands in internal and external forums as appropriate

Regularly catch up with sales and marketing colleagues to build sales and marketing plans, assess performance of key brands and devise tactics for revenue growth

Gather and monitor customer feedback on live services and work with colleagues to devise the roadmap for these services to maximise customer satisfaction, prioritising releases of functionality and content with our platform team

Answer escalated customer queries, and write customer facing communications about key brands and the primary market in collaboration with marketing and sales

Manage the negotiation and renewal of licences and rights with high profile partners to ensure continuity of content for subscribing customers

Monitor, report and act on the ongoing performance of services against key performance indicators including usage, renewal rate, adoptions and revenue against targets

People Management

Manage and develop three content and learning specialists, ensuring that goals are set, future talent is developed, performance is regularly reviewed and wellbeing is maintained

Support wider team members to problem solve and build a positive working culture


Who are we looking for?

Someone with the following skills and qualities:

Proven printanddigital publishing skills and demonstrable experience in working with cross-functional teams to create and deliver commercially successful propositions to market which meet customer needs

Commercial and financial planning skills: the ability to independent create P&Ls, manage costs and financially manage projects

Proven line management experience, with an empathetic and constructive approach to managing and developing people

The ability to see strategic ‘big picture’ trends and changes to identify attractive market segments and key sources of competitive advantage

A passion for data, and the ability to manipulate and use data to make decisions

Communication, relationship building and influencing skills both within the company and with external stakeholders, the ability to present confidently to a range of audiences and make strong, evidence based decisions

Excellent organisational and project management skills: the ability to plan and manage projects, budgets, and the workload/resourcing of line managed staff

Knowledge of the primary education sector and market

Creative, innovative and forward-thinking

Primary Location: GB-GB-Oxford

Work Locations: GB-Oxford-Jordan Hill Halley Court Jordan Hill Oxford OX2 8EJ

Job: Product Management

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Feb 13, 2018

Job Unposting: Mar 3, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1801403