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Sr. Product Management Director, Data & Analytics

Job Req: 1329
Company Entity: Anthology
Community: Product Line Management
Location: United States
Date Posted: Jul 11, 2022
Remote: Yes
Travel Requirements: Occasional

Job Description

Senior Director of Product Management

United States



The Opportunity: 

Anthology offers the largest EdTech ecosystem on a global scale, supporting over 150 million users in 80 countries. The company’s mission is to provide dynamic, data-informed experiences to the global education community so that learners and educators can achieve their goals.   



We believe in the power of a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. As we expand globally, we are committed to making diversity, inclusion, and belonging a foundational part of not only our hiring practices but who we are as a company.  



For more information about Anthology and our career opportunities, please visit 



The Anthology Product Organization manages our business lines and drives innovation, creating sustainable benefits for students and competitive advantages for the company. Product management leaders are stewards for the product lifecycle and the business opportunity each product represents. They coordinate with internal and external stakeholders and distill input from a variety of market sources. Ideal candidates are passionate about creating education opportunities for students while supporting schools, colleges, and universities.



The role of Senior Director in Product Management is critical to the successful delivery of analytics-focused products and platforms that span the Anthology data ecosystem. This position will coordinate a team of Product Managers and Data Scientists and may collaborate directly with one or more software development managers as well, acting as a bridge between solution areas and all other areas of the company. Without the Senior Director role, Anthology would not be able to effectively coordinate our work delivering world-class products and services to our clients.



This role will challenge individuals who hold the position to perfect the skills and competencies required to build cross-company alignment for activities related to a given solution area. Specific skills Senior Directors will learn include the abilities to: inspire and mentor product team members; guide the high-level direction of product roadmaps; and to coordinate efforts across multiple functional areas of the organization, especially as it pertains to delivery of major milestones in the evolution of our analytics and data science capabilities tied to the Anthology integrated ecosystem of higher education data.



Specific responsibilities will include:


Knowledge Management and Delivery

  • Leveraging expertise in data science and analytics trends and practices, generating thought leadership and quality written content or presentations where required, including at conferences, customer meetings, and the Anthology annual user conference
  • Maintaining active awareness of market and competitive trends, of relevant drivers and domain topics in higher education analytics, and of other global data and privacy concerns that would influence the direction of our products
  • Serving as a subject matter expert for any questions or communication related to cross-company analytics and evangelize product vision both internally and externally
  • Working closely and effectively with teams and individuals contributing to product delivery, including data science, product design, engineering, quality assurance, marketing, sales, and support



Product Vision and Direction

  • Working with product managers to cultivate viable roadmaps with milestones aligned to clients’ student success challenges and opportunities in learning and institutional analytics, culminating in highly differentiated and impactful product roadmaps driven by data science-enabled possibilities
  • Creating and/or guiding the execution of strategies designed to achieve company-wide and/or Product Organization objectives
  • Working with appropriate resources to ensure cross-company awareness and release readiness as it pertains to the delivery of business strategies or product capabilities
  • Informing executive-level decision-making as it pertains to an assigned product area through the collection and reporting of appropriate metrics and data



Product Line Management

  • Ensuring product managers, data scientists, and associated teams are progressing in the evolution of their respective practices and work specifically to coach teams to develop expertise and competency in both educational analytics and the application of data science to product solution ideation
  • Working with product area leadership to inform and manage budgeting and strategic planning
  • Attending to the individual needs and career growth paths of assigned employees
  • Emphasizing and reinforcing the team commitment to cross-company collaboration, Product Organization values, and the overall Anthology mission, vision, and guiding principles



Leadership and Collaboration

  • Guiding product manager collaboration with Data Science, User Experience, Product Marketing, and other relevant teams to develop persona-based epics, stories, use-cases, and value propositions around actionable analytics in the education sector
  • Communicating and actively seeking feedback throughout the entire organization (including with senior leadership, product teams, support, sales, professional services, marketing, user experience, etc.) to assess and update pricing, competitive analysis, and profitability while ensuring client adoption and satisfaction
  • Working with User Experience team to align on a plan for researching and understanding the problems of our clients so that product teams can more effectively work to develop and test solutions
  • Collaborating with Data Science team to identify, research, and understand user problems for which appropriate solutions may be productized or leveraged as part of delivering value to clients 



The Candidate: 

Required skills/qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 10+ years of experience in commercial software product management or 7+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Experience working with Agile development teams
  • Familiar with or has a certain level of experience with analytics platforms, data modeling, and answering complex problems with data
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams, including building collaboration and consensus among diverse teams of peers, experts, and senior management to achieve results
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work through conflict to meet objectives and maintain strong relationships across teams with different work styles and personalities
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively deal with a certain degree of ambiguity/autonomy and capable of making sound business decisions
  • Excellent written, communication, and presentation skills
  • Strong strategic thinking and both excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Business acumen and proficiency with quantitative business analysis techniques
  • Strong understanding of web-based technologies and related design concepts
  • Strong customer and student empathy
  • Passion for education



 Preferred skills/qualifications: 

  • Advanced Degree
  • Familiarity with postsecondary and secondary education markets strongly
  • Strong strategic thinking and both excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Business acumen and proficiency with quantitative business analysis techniques
  • Strong understanding of web-based technologies and related design concepts
  • Strong customer and student empathy
  • Passion for education



This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time.    



Anthology is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression,protected military/veteran status, or any other legally protected factor. 



This position is not available for candidates residing in the following states: CO, CA, MA


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