VP of Product Management Apangea Learning
We are a national leader in adaptive educational math software. Think Through Math integrates online instruction that builds higher order thinking skills with just-in-time online tutoring by US math teachers. Because we are effective and inexpensive, TTM is recognized as a disruptive innovation and in 2012 won the Software and Information Industry Association?s prestigious CODiE Award for Best Math Instructional Solution. We built a new version of our learning management system in 2012. Our n-tiered application is written in Ruby on Rails, accesses the Postgres database and is hosted on Heroku on Amazon Web Services.
A great team and these powerful trends are causing TTM to grow very rapidly: the shift from textbooks to digital; 36 million US students who aren?t proficient in math; the introduction of standards emphasizing higher order thinking; falling student-to-computer ratios and mounting evidence that math remediation is best done through the kind of adaptive, personalized instruction that we offer.
We are seeking a leader to establish the Product Management discipline within TTM to support our rapid growth and enhance our competitive position. The Product Manager will work with key stakeholders throughout the company to plan and execute our development roadmap. Initial duties will include serving both as a front-line product manager and establishing the relationships and processes necessary to support an agile environment.
The ideal candidate must enjoy a growth-stage environment that evolves quickly, want to build personal wealth through an ownership stake, and enjoy collaborating with a smart and proactive team who are passionate about making a difference in education. We seek an ?A?-caliber Product Manager to join us in creating a market-leading company that makes a difference in students? lives. In addition to competitive cash compensation, she or he will be a co-owner and share in the rewards of TTM?s success.
We seek a leader with a proven track record of managing SaaS development during a time of rapid growth. The PM will have developed processes that drive high levels of development efficiency. They will work with key stakeholders throughout the organization to plan & execute the development roadmap. We are looking for a candidate with strong vision and excellent communication skills. They must be comfortable pressing executives and stakeholders to make tough resourcing decisions, participate in those decisions and own the prioritization process. The Product Manager will be strongly supported by, and report to the CEO.
Must have deep SaaS experience
Become knowledgeable about every aspect of our software and its role in the educational market. Develop deep domain understanding over time.
Recommend and implement best product management processes throughout the organization
Closely partner with content, technology, UX, sales and marketing to actively manage the product roadmap so we deliver on strategic opportunities and course-correct based on threats and market feedback.
Elicit, document, and analyze the business requirements of needed enhancements at first, and later hire and supervise a Business Analyst in this role
Communicate these business requirements to the tech team
Establish product management processes in support of the overall product development ecosystem, including development of epic or theme level goals, release planning, iteration planning and execution.
Assume the product owner role on the agile development team, representing the voice of the customer and ensuring rapid decision making and prioritization with respect to feature backlog and team capacity. Contribute strongly to continuous improvement through iteration and release retrospectives. Author user epics and work closely with development and quality engineers to provide clarification on development questions and test/acceptance criteria. Support production and development defect triage, in concert with engineering and support organizations.
Develop a close working relationship with the UX team.
Partner strongly with the engineering/development organization to balance quality and scale investments with product features and market demands given development team capacity.
Partner with the content/editorial team to align product development activities to the Common Core State Standards curriculum development roadmap and other market demands/opportunities.
Contribute to the overall development budget planning and tracking processes of TTM.
Develop and coordinate product training to staff. Demonstrate product for customers in ad hoc situations if needed. Develop and maintain a plan for the collection and analysis of usage metrics and analytics to inform feature usage and roadmap decisions.
Drive to continually make our software more effective at helping kids learn math
Join the CEO and other executives on the Steering Committee that directs the company.
Identify and lead correction of issues that impede program success
Drive post-mortem analysis for each major release
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:
5+ years of progressively increasing responsibility as a Product Manager with hands on experience with the web software development cycle and a demonstrated ability to deliver large, complex and long term web products
A track record of strategic thinking; someone who can understand the bigger picture in terms of processes, people, and creating long-term equity value for a growing company.
An analytic bent, with a demonstrated ability to extract meaningful trends and red flags from data
BS CE, EE or CS
Product Manager certification/training a plus
Excellent communication and technical presentation skills--especially the ability to take functional requirements and communicate them to development staff
Demonstrated ability to think outside the box to resolve technical issues and resource conflicts
Experience with P&L's and basic financial reporting
Strong ethics, high personal integrity.
High levels of intelligence and curiosity
Superb communication skills
Attentive to detail and process
Strong analytic ability
Sense of urgency, drive, perseverance and tenacity.
A commitment to serving the needs of customers
Ability to team collaboratively with smart, strong, energetic colleagues to set the company?s direction
A passion for quality
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