Associate Product Manager

Location US-DC-Washington, D.C.
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(1/24/2018 10:16 AM)
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Online Products (US)


The Associate Product Manager will support the creation and ongoing management of the Data and CQ Press Library products, for sale into the library market. They will lead projects as assigned including market research, product testing, and the definition and delivery of product enhancements. They will demonstrate a deep curiosity in all aspects of their products and the market, working diligently to build a strong knowledge of the target users and buyers.


This position is part of the global Product Management Department at SAGE, working in a dynamic part of the business to significantly increase SAGE’s digital product portfolio with a specific focus on our library customers.  Products for the library market at SAGE are developed with external technology partners.

Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities

In this post, you will:

  • Support the delivery of major enhancement projects and new products for SAGE, carrying out research with our users and buyers, performing user acceptance testing, testing development ideas, defining requirements, creating and updating documentation, coordinating meetings and providing project updates.
  • Lead development projects for product enhancements. Define business requirements; work with Publishing Technologies department on schedules and communications with the external vendor. Work with the UI/UX Designer and other SAGE resources on the creation of wireframes and designs, and carrying out robust user testing.
  • Interact regularly with customers and the wider market to ensure you are immersed in their wants, needs, and perspectives in order to be an effective voice within SAGE advocating their viewpoint. This includes gathering new product and enhancement ideas, attending focus groups and conferences, testing new product ideas, joining sales calls, conducting usability tests and competitive research.
  • Contribute to the creation and maintenance of product backlogs. You will work with the Senior Product Manager to prioritize feature development and product changes in line with the core product vision, annual priorities, longer term strategy, and expected commercial impact. This includes taking part in product ideation sessions, including design sprints.
  • Build and maintain a deep understanding of who is using your products and for what purpose, by analyzing usage data, conducting market research, working closely with the Senior Product Manager and the Discovery and Engagement Group. Work with the Product Assistant on the creation of informative, accurate product reports for assigned products. This will include analysis of Google Analytics and other customer data.
  • Respond promptly, professionally and helpfully to product questions and issues from throughout the business.  Identify when an issue requires additional input from other departments or escalation and act accordingly.
  • As a part of the Product Management Department, participate in group brainstorms and discussions around product management, the industry, and SAGE. Give input and propose adjustments to the ongoing development of processes and systems to improve efficiencies and effectiveness of product development at SAGE.
  • Ensure routine content tasks are completed consistently and on schedule working with Editorial, Production and other key teams.

Qualifications & Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 1- 2 year relevant experience
  • Experience working in publishing or product development required
  • Experience or educational background in academic publishing preferred


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