Senior Product Manager

Certica Solutions - Remote - Full time

Certica Solutions - Remote - Full time

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At Certica, we are revolutionizing the way the education sector uses software and digital content. Our state of the art education platform-as-a-service (PaaS), called Certica Connect™, provides an ecosystem for our K-12 partners to engage with a range of technology services in data and analytics, educational content management and content tagging, search and discovery using machine-learning algorithms. We are passionate about building solutions that bring value to educators, enabling them to make better data-driven decisions, and to leverage learning assets for purposes such as personalized learning for students. Certica is a growing, fast-moving organization with a smart and dedicated team, looking for like-minded individuals to come aboard. We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.

We are seeking an experienced Senior Product Manager to lead the strategy and execution of product roadmaps and work with cross-functional teams to deliver products and services to market. You will be responsible for the software solutions at Certica that relate to the creation, management and delivery of digital content, with a particular emphasis on assessment content and with a specific focus on modular software solutions that allow them to be delivered as either APIs, widgets or full-blown SaaS applications. Customers for these product capabilities range from digital content publishers to software application vendors such as assessment delivery applications and learning management systems. You will also work closely with Certica’s internal digital content team that is responsible for our Navigate Item Bank™ product as they leverage our own digital content technologies and embark on a significant strategic project in the area of pre-built student assessments.

The Senior Product Manager will own the development of product roadmaps and release priorities, lead the evaluation of market opportunities and competition, and collaborate closely with product development teams on the execution and delivery of products and platform services. This is a very exciting full-time position with a market leading company that is rapidly expanding its products and operations. We offer comprehensive benefits and a flexible work environment.

Essential Tasks and Responsibilities

You will spend approximately 65-80% of your time on the following:

  • Define and own the product roadmap and release milestones;
  • Define and own the creation of epics, user stories, acceptance criteria, and roadmap priorities;
  • In partnership with the Directors of Engineering, build a high-level of predictability into release schedules;
  • Present and communicate the roadmap to the product development teams and senior leadership of the company; and
  • Contribute to agile process improvements with a focus on improving product time to market.

You will spend approximately 20-35% of your time on the following:

  • Collaborate with the sales team on the design of solutions that provide value to our clients and make the best use of the products;
  • Lead the evaluation of market opportunities and the competitive landscape to ideate new products, iterate on product-to-market fit and develop differentiating products and features;
  • Own, develop and communicate business cases for new product opportunities and initiatives;
  • Develop qualitative and quantitative product metrics appropriate for various product stages;
  • Identify early adopter opportunities to validate product needs and develop early product momentum; and
  • Lead and manage product and platform services through the various product stages and horizons.

Skills and Experience

  • 5 - 8 years of experience as a product manager for software and/or digital content organizations;
  • Proven ability to demonstrate discipline in defining roadmaps and valuable releases;
  • Proven ability to identify market and competitive gaps and deliver market differentiating product capabilities;
  • Excellent ability to communicate and collaborate at all levels of the organization;
  • Capable of thinking strategically and creatively while also executing on daily activities quickly and pragmatically;
  • Significant experience creating and bringing to market revenue producing software and/or digital content products;
  • A passion for user experience and collaborating with customers to address their explicit and implicit problems/needs;
  • A deep understanding of agility and how it can be utilized to ideate products, improve time to market and address market needs in relationship to competition;
  • A strong technical foundation in software and product development, including SaaS and API-based products;
  • Excellent customer-facing skills and general communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking ability;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; computer science or design major is highly desirable;
  • A sense of empathy, humility and humor; and
  • Experience in education technology is a plus.

Certica is the innovator of the Certica Connect™ platform-as-a-service which provides application interoperability and centralized integration, access and enrichment of education data, metadata and content. The company partners with a diverse network of K-12 application and system vendors, as well as publishers, and learning content and assessment providers. Certica also delivers solutions directly to more than 600 school districts and numerous charter school organizations, state education agencies and educational service agencies. Certica is based in Wakefield, Mass.; with offices in Harvard, Mass.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Austin, Texas.

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Product Management

Experience Level

Senior Level

Certica Solutions

Certica is revolutionizing the way the education sector uses software & digital content. We partner with a diverse network of ed-tech companies, publishers & assessment providers; and deliver solutions directly to school districts, charter schools & educational service agencies.

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