Pearson Specialist Product Management in Barcelona, Spain
Specialist Product Management
Educating 100 million people worldwide and with offices in over 30 countries, Pearson is the global leader in educational publishing and qualifications, providing high quality qualifications and print and digital resource programmes to help students of all ages learn at their own pace, in their own way.
Pearson English is the world’s largest provider of English language learning, covering everything from basics for beginners to boardroom-level business English. More than 1.5 million teachers and 35 million students use our English language learning resources and tools each year. Through engagement and encouragement we’re transforming the process of learning English from a frustrating experience to one of life's highlights, breaking language barriers around the world.
In 2010, Wall Street English was acquired by Pearson and is now part of the Pearson English group. At Wall Street English, we help people change their futures. We teach English as second language to adults. We have been learning partners to over 2 million people, and have been passionate about teaching English for over 45 years. Our method is proven and aligned to the Pearson Global Scale of English, a standard for language acquisition and education. We have a current enrolment of 190,000 students. We have over 450 learning centres in 27 different countries across the globe. Our centres offer a near immersion experience and a unique Blended Learning Method to help each student reach their fullest potential. Wall Street English has corporate offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Barcelona. We operate primarily through franchising but also own and operate our own centres in China and Italy.https://www.wallstreetenglish.com/
Reporting to the Director of Product Management, the Product Owner owns and manages the development of assigned products in the Wall Street English product portfolio. The focus of this role is on the deliverables and timescales to meet customer needs, ensuring that a pragmatic approach is taken to achieve the delivery of the product Roadmap.
Research and Analysis
Develop a deep understanding of the adult learner market
Articulate market requirements and opportunities
Determine problem hypotheses to test with end consumer
Coordinate & facilitate testing of problem hypotheses with end consumer to [in]validate assumptions
Analyze data & identify opportunities for product innovation and product enhancements
Product Planning and Management
Define the short & long term strategy of the product and/or product component, and create product or product component roadmap and backlog of features & functions
Continuously refine the product roadmap and backlog in response to validated learning from the consumer and early adopter testing
Determine product specifications and articulate in personas and user stories
Represent the consumer (learner & staff) in product development teams
Use market feedback to inform product refinements and ongoing development
Managing the backlog– With input from key stakeholders and the Director of Product Management, the Product Owner has the primary responsibility to prioritise, build, prune, and maintain the backlog, including:
Refactoring, optimising and management of the technical debt
Input into the assessment of pre-backlog initiatives
Driving the iterations– Including, but not limited to:
Participate, contribute and add value to the sprint planning meeting
Participate, contribute and add value in Triage meetings
Participate, contribute and add value to Release planning meetings
Elaborating stories on a just-in-time basis with the team
Ensuring that Acceptance Criteria are defined for each story
Accepting stories into thebacklog
Accepting the sprint
Co-planning the release–Working with the Technical Project Manager, Project Manager, other Product Owners, and the Director of Product Development, the Product Owner is accountable for frequent, reliable, and continuous release of value-added product to the customer.
Scope and acceptance criteria definition and management of the sprint deliverables– Responsible for ensuring that the delivery team has all the information required to successfully deliver the sprint backlog.
Overall quality of the Product.
Director Product Management
Content, Technology and UX and teams
China and Franchising businessteams
Prioritizing product backlog to ensure delivery on quality, time and budget while satisfying the needs of a variety of stakeholders.
Working within an international, cross-team matrix structure and (as appropriate), across different Pearson operating companies, to ensure good communication and effective decision-making.
Understanding of the educational digital marketplace, competing digital products, and how to build competitive digital products and services for the Retail market.
Communication. Ability to articulate clearly and effectively technical and functional issues to a range of colleagues and third parties with a wide range of technical understanding.
Collaboration and teamwork. Ability to work effectively and flexibly with a variety of internal project team members and other stakeholders
Influencing: challenge assumptions. Effective in managing change and ambiguity
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Previous product management or related experience
Quantitative and business analysis skills
Experience working with enterprise systems and platforms for online learning and assessment
Experience working in dynamic Agile environments
Project management skills
Proficient in relevant software applications
Experience in retail ELT industry
Excellent technical understanding of online technologies, and learning management systems. Effective scope triage requires the constant evaluation of technical, functional, performance, and user-value trade-offs for effective decision making.
Understanding of Service Oriented Architecture.
Fluent in Programme, Portfolio and Project Management methodologies.
Fluent in Agile methods, preferably SCRUM or Scaled Agile Framework.
Outstanding communications skills at all levels of the organization.
Personal Style and Behavior:
Trustworthy:Since the primary responsibility for prioritising and managing the backlog falls to this role, the most essential attribute of the product owner is trustworthiness. The teams have to trust the Product Owner, Retail to make the hard calls on scope triage and to defend their interest in quality and functionality; the Director of Product Development has to trust the product owner to faithfully represent their feature priorities to the teams. The keys to building trust in this role include:
Communication, networking and influencing skills– work effectively with colleagues in business units across Pearson and to manage effectively in a matrix structure. The Product Owner, Retail is the “glue” that binds the product management function and all the other project stakeholders to the development team. Doing so requires good communication skills as the Product Manager, Retail translates user and business objectives into the level of detail suitable for implementation.
Relationship building– build effective relationships with internal colleagues and external partners
Decision-making skills– ability to work independently in driving and making key strategic and practical decisions. The Product Owner, Retail must be able to make decisions, every day, in the presence of far-from-perfect knowledge. This requires empowerment, courage, and the ability to admit when one is wrong.
Managing ambiguity– ability to work confidently and effectively in complex, changing and ambiguous situations.
Commitment to Excellence –This includes excellence in both the work you do and the deliverables you produce (reports, presentations, demos, etc.) as well as the details of the product itself.
Primary Location: ES-ES-Barcelona
Work Locations: ES-Barcelona-Tuset 20 - 24 Carrer de Tuset 20 - 24 5th Floor Barcelona 8006
Job: Product Management
Organization: Global Product
Employee Status: Regular Employee
Job Type: Standard
Shift: Day Job
Job Posting: Jun 26, 2017
Req ID: 1710435