Director of Product Management (Product Innovation)

SAGE Publishing - Multiple Locations - Full time

Do you want to be part of the newest team in SAGE, developing new products in an environment where technology is changing learning and research?

Are you passionate about product management and new tools and techniques to deliver delightful engaging user experiences?

Do you want to lead a global team of product managers and foster our culture of learning and innovation?

Do you love to turn ideas into reality and work with leaders across departments to make things happen?

The Director / Head of Product Management leads the product management team working on SAGE’s products in the Learning business, including SAGE Research Methods, SAGE Knowledge, SAGE Video, SAGE’s Business suite, SAGE Stats and data products, CQ Researcher and other CQ products. This team is responsible for the web roadmap delivery across all products and manages the cross-functional collaboration required to deliver our products to market.

The Director / Head of Product Management is responsible for internal processes that drive cross functional work to deliver new product modules as well as to set and manage the annual product priorities and development processes with our Publishing Technologies department and engineers.

The Director / Head of Product Management is also responsible for cross platform strategy for our library products, planning how we better use our data to optimize our user experience and increase user engagement. SAGE’s Discovery & Engagement group is part of this team: a group of IA, SEO, Library Discovery and Accessibility experts who support all our library products, including SAGE Journals.

The Director / Head of Global Product Management will be part of the leadership team for SAGE’s Product Innovation group: A cross-functional team of Product, Editorial, Marketing and Technology experts delivering innovative commercial products to support the evolving needs of students and researchers in a digital age. Other products include SAGE Journals, SAGE Ocean’s portfolio and Lean Library.

Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for product roadmaps for our Learning products that using product data, user knowledge, competitive context and product strategy to deliver roadmap development that drives engagement, usage and builds a world class set of products that have a positive impact on learning and research
  • Strategic role, working with the Editorial Directors and the Global Library Committee to shape the strategy for the products in our Learning business
  • Directs the Product Managers responsible for delivering on the Learning products to continue to build a team with skills and experience to be a top class product management department. Responsible for a smart working culture that encourages learning and innovation
  • Successfully collaborate with peers across departments to support successful product roadmap delivery and future planning for our Learning Pillar products
  • Responsible for budget, planning and forecasting for your group as well as supporting work to prepare cross-functional plans for new product development
  • Responsible for the Discovery and Engagement group to ensure our products across the Learning and Research Pillars are optimally discoverable and accessible
  • Responsible for cross product strategy to drive better experience, engagement and optimise usage across all of SAGE’s library products
  • Understands the dynamics of the academic library market through regular interaction, conference attendance and research studies. Responsible for a team who is steeped in market knowledge through research activities and can accurately represent the voice of our users and customers
  • Outward-looking at new product development, technology partner opportunities and pilot opportunities to actively participate in SAGE’s work to explore new horizons for the Learning business
  • Member of the Product Innovation Leadership team, collaborating with this group to manage a team responsible for a range of innovations across SAGE and actively contributes to SAGE’s business culture through participation on the US Directors group or London Department Managers Group

Qualifications & Education:

Any combination equivalent to, but not limited to, the following:

  • 8+ years product management experience
  • 8+ years experience working within an online development environment
  • 5+ years management experience
  • Strong understanding of the library market
  • Social science BA (optional)

Language, Reasoning, Analytical & Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to develop and communicate a product vision and overarching strategy, connecting the strategy to a concrete course of action
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative global environment, building strong relationships and motivating and inspiring a team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills – influencing by persuasion and influence rather than authority
  • Commercial business sense
  • Accountability and integrity
  • Pro-active problem solving through insight and judgement
  • Ability to prioritize and focus to drive successful delivery
  • Technical fluency and experience of user-centered design practice
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent time management and efficient execution of tasks
  • Ability to lead in an environment of constant change

SAGE offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the industry with PPO medical/dental/vision insurance provided at an extremely low cost to the employee; a profit sharing 401(k) plan; healthy lifestyle reimbursement, company-paid 5-year anniversary trips to Washington, D.C., London, Singapore or Delhi; employee tuition reimbursement; textbook reimbursement for employee or family members; an on-site professional development learning forum; and much more.

Qualified applicants should present their resume and cover letter for consideration to our website at for more information.



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London, England, GB
Thousand Oaks, California


Product Management

Experience Level

Senior Level

SAGE Publishing

SAGE is an independent international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media. Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, we are a world leader in our chosen scholarly, educational, and professional markets.

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