Don’t let the job title fool you — this isn’t the kind of product manager role where you tactically lead a team that’s developing a single product. Instead, this role is more like an internal consultant and change agent, where you take your deep expertise in using data to inform product-development decisions and teach other product managers throughout this highly diversified company how to make data-driven techniques a more integral part of their own processes. So the crucial thing is that you’ve become such a die-hard data-first kind of person that you can’t imagine how people operate without that as their starting point. It’s a huge opportunity to get broad, high-profile exposure at an extremely successful company that’s got its fingers in lots of pies. You like pie, don’t you?
The headline here is: “Data Maven Builds Innovative Product Analytics Capabilities Across the Businesses.” In fact, you can give that to the corporate communications folks to put up on the Intranet once you’ve been on the job for a few weeks, courtesy of us, no charge.
Part catalyst, part evangelist, total expert, you’ll quite literally travel throughout the company sharing your ideas, insights and best practices around data-driven decision-making in product management. This will take several forms — webinars, workshops, special projects, pilot testing, presentations, ad hoc support — all with the goal of developing actionable approaches whose results can be measured. Often enough you’ll meet with a neutral or skeptical audience, and your task will include not just training but persuading, overcoming resistance to change, and reshaping the culture. And, once a set of best practices is agreed upon, you’ll need to help prepare the business to implement them. Of course, as an internal thought leader, you’ll constantly be working to keep yourself informed on the latest trends and techniques. This will all be done with great autonomy and a minimum of direction.
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Your clear vision extends beyond the challenges of a specific product, beyond the appeal of data-driven decision-making, and all the way through to the client, which is where it all begins for you. Put another way, for you the whole purpose behind using data to create better products is to make the lives of clients easier, and that’s deep-set in your bones. The data focus you have today stems from years of working on product development teams in which you’ve become experienced in A/B testing, in bringing new product features to market, and in setting your priorities and KPIs according to the most relevant data. Probably goes without saying, but you’re an absolute caution when it comes to analytical tools (Excel, Adobe, Google, etc.), and you’re extremely comfortable interacting with product managers, data scientists, testers, developers and broad stakeholder groups. You’ve developed strong business judgment and an excellent sense for presenting information in compelling and persuasive ways, including visually.
The nice thing about your background is that you haven’t spent your entire career in one niche, grinding away at a single product or product type; instead, you have a nimble mind, shaped by experience to crave variety and the learning of new fare. You adapt quickly to new material, new environments, new people; you’ll have no problem embedding yourself in a business that’s new to you and coming to a quick understanding of its nuances. To you, a lack of existing sets of robust data is no barrier to taking an analytical approach to a new business problem.
Finally, you’ve got the kind of personality that causes people to pay attention: intelligence, humor, sensitivity and gravitas. When you come knocking, you instantly inspire confidence that you know what you’re talking about and are a person worth listening to.
Dust off your passport; this gig calls for nearly a quarter of your time to be spent traveling within this international company.
This is an extremely exciting opportunity for a passionate data-driven product manager who craves variety and the chance to exert an influence on a large and dynamic organization. Help yourself to pie!
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, creed, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law.