Product Manager - Life Sciences & Geosciences at Pearson (Des Moines, IA)

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We're looking for an experienced Commercial Product Manager for the Life Sciences and Geosciences in Higher Education Courseware to join a highly collaborative team dedicated to the prioritization of customer value embedded in the products we build. The Commercial Product Manager is accountable for overseeing a portfolio of products (such as eTexts and print books, virtual labs, and our homework platform, Mastering) by capitalizing on market opportunities, meeting customer needs, and delivering improved learner outcomes which ultimately drives value for our end-users and revenue for Pearson. We value teamwork, trust, flexibility, achievement, curiosity and solving difficult problems, and make every effort to have fun while we work! The role reports to the Director, Product Management: Life Sciences and Geosciences.

What you'll do:
  • Be the voice of the customer by working with colleagues in North America (and around the globe) to support the identification, assessment, and prioritization of market opportunities & customer pain points in science education to ensure focus on maximizing both commercial and learner outcomes.
  • Contribute to the creation of new products and features and retire existing products as needed along the Product life cycle, with a hyper-focus on developing a strategy and product plan for the future of the portfolio in the education product space.
  • Gather and use research and customer feedback leading to deep market insight of both your products and competitor products, along with digital experience and analytics to design product strategy and identify which customers to target/key problems to solve.
  • Content Strategy research - lead qualitative and quantitative research to identify content needs, opportunities, or gaps and prioritize the order of content to develop for the market.
  • Acquire the authorial talent for the given portfolio. Manage authors directly with the aim of bringing their best work to market.
  • Collaborate closely on projects with colleagues from many internal stakeholder teams, including other Commercial Product Managers, Content Strategists, Content Production, Sales, Marketing, UX, Efficacy & Learning Research, as well as the Application and Platform Product Management teams to create products that improve outcomes for learners while driving business value for Pearson.
  • Drive continuous improvement once products have been launched to optimize customer experience, adapt to specific geography/market segment requirements, respond to competitor actions, and improve learner, and commercial outcomes.
  • Support achievement of the financial targets for your product(s) through knowledge and creation of the product P&Ls.


Degree (or equivalent) preferred

Product management experience, including managing digital products

Ability to travel as needed (up to 10%)

Good understanding of education, higher education in particular, and learning from a consumer viewpoint: ability to translate the winning product management strategies into actionable plans and products that drive value for customers and learners.

Great insight into the needs of different markets and the opportunities within them, capability to build execution around product strategies that serve multiple markets at once.

You are passionate about applying the principles of design thinking and bring empathy, curiosity, and collaboration as you explore innovative ideas.

Competence to balance strategic thinking with a focus on operational delivery.

Ability to tell a story using data and customer feedback to champion the problems to solve.

Focus on building an inclusive culture and empowering cross-functional teams to add up to more than the sum of their parts.

Accountability and Ownership - You take ownership and accountability for targets and drive achievement through effective leadership, determination and motivation to succeed. You demonstrate sound judgment in assessing business risks and make decisions that balance a variety of factors taking into consideration set goals. You solve problems by using a data-informed decision-making mindset to evaluate multiple sources of information and create innovative solutions to problems. You seek information from internal and external sources, prioritizing and analyzing potential solutions in complex or new situations.

Building Partnerships - You identify opportunities and take action to build strategic relationships between your area and other teams, departments, and organizations to help achieve business goals. You develop relationships with senior leaders across the organization, customers and suppliers and negotiate internally also at senior levels regarding important issues within your own area.

Communication and Collaboration - You can clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals and groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them to understand as well as retain the message. You communicate points of view in a compelling way and with expertise across a wide range of projects as well as across internal & external clients. You have great collaboration skills and can work effectively across teams regardless of reporting lines.

Aligning Performance for Success - You lead through providing technical direction across the business and/or through a team and achieve the completion of substantial projects, operations, or customer objectives. You have the ability to guide others in accomplishing work objectives; setting performance goals; achieving targets and creating a learning environment comes naturally to you. You recognize the impact of change on others, and lead through positive behavior and coaching.

Analytical Skill and Learning Agility - You take a systematic, structured view of situations, while staying focused on the execution and delivery. You have the capacity to be open to new ideas and comfortable exploring areas where there is ambiguity.

Innovation - Generating innovative solutions in work situations; out-of-the-box approaches; trying different and novel ways to deal with challenges and focusing on opportunities to aid the achievement of product delivery are reflected in your ways of working.

Deliver Results - You have a track record of transforming strategy into executable action plans and also a great track record of successful achievement against set execution.

Time Management & Organization - You possess excellent organizational and time management skills, coupled with the proven ability to set priorities, manage deadlines as well as manage resources effectively and make data-driven decisions.

Global Perspective - You have experience operating in a global environment and demonstrate international cultural agility.

As required by theColorado Equal Pay Transparency Act, Pearson provides a reasonable range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location. For the state of Colorado only, the range of starting pay for this role is $95,000 - 115,000 per year. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program, and information on benefits can be found here:


Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose - to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world's leading learning company. Learn more at

Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racistcompany in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.

To learn more about Pearson's commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here:

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other group protected by law.


Organization: Higher Education

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 4755
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Pearson operates in the Edtech industry. The company is located in Chandler, AZ, Iowa City, IA, Minneapolis, MN, Tupelo, MS, Concord, NH, Hoboken, NJ, Albuquerque, NM and San Antonio, TX. Pearson was founded in 1871. It has 29811 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 38 open jobs at Pearson, click here.
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