Dec 31, 2018

Senior Product Manager – Global EdTech Platform

  • Promethean World
  • Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Full time Engineering General Business Information Technology Senior Product Manager Hardware

Job Description

At Promethean, we are upending the way learning is being delivered. A leader in K-12 education technology, Promethean is a mission-driven company with immersive learning solutions that enable teachers to Engage and Energize students. Our interactive display/touch panels and learning software enables collaborative learning that places the learner at the center, emphasizes interaction and active engagement rather than passive consumption of content, lectures, and lessons.  A key differentiator over other K-12 EdTech companies is Promethean’s ambition of building learning communities and the flywheel effect of having groups of people working together – of teachers, students, parents, education experts and solution providers. Our aim is to foster a global community of practice where tools, resources, “how-to” knowledge, experience, and the wisdom to use them intelligently are all available to use and share.


This is leading edge development in a fun and challenging atmosphere.  While Promethean is an established – well capitalized, zero debt – and recognized EdTech brand, (with an installed base spanning 125+ countries, millions of classrooms and students) this effort will feel like a startup with an intrepreneurial energy and spirit.  This will be both a b2b and a b2c effort. It is centered around learning tools and technology for the teacher/student in the classroom as well as learning resources for parent/child at home.


Promethean is expanding its high-powered team to lead the innovation of our next generation of EdTech products. You will have the opportunity to own and drive solutions that transform how learning happens – making common tasks easier and giving teachers more instructional time each day.  You will be at the forefront in the use of mobility to improve productivity and interactivity between teachers, students and parents. You will collaborate with our sister companies to integrate in products and technology that use gamification, IoT, analytics, machine learning, virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR) to motivate students and improve learning outcomes.  Only candidates with an entrepreneurial drive and a passion to make real difference in the lives of millions of students will flourish. Top candidates should be obsessed about the ease of the end-user experience, ensuring applicability in both a classroom environment and at home.  Your product efforts will be directly involved in the creation of this social learning network that will also result in social commerce innovations. 


You will be responsible for…

The definition and delivery of the core platform used across all of our products, sister companies and 3rd party vendors. You will own all functional requirements including the ecommerce engine, content management, app store, storage (both private and public cloud), community management and data/analytics/learning intelligence. You will also define the non-functional requirements that influence security/privacy/compliance, scalability, performance, reliability, and licensing. You will also be concerned with requirements for world-wide operations while minimizing cost.


Key visionary for the next generation education SaaS platform, help define transformative business and product innovations. You will help guide the organization on both product strategy as well as end-to-end execution from concept to sales. Responsibility will include designing a cohesive solution blueprint that also includes build, partner, acquire strategies. You will collaborate with the executive team to define near & long-term business goals with associated product roadmap and execution plans. Other responsibilities will include:

  • Validate and size market opportunities, identify technology disruptors and business model innovation that can result in capture of new markets and price premium positions
  • Define a multi-year business plan in alignment with corporate goals; define product strategy, roadmap, target markets, pricing, sales & market strategies
  • Drive definition of specific releases and the detailed requirements including for the platform components
  • Conduct regular data-driven business reviews for your product portfolio that analyze product execution and revenue/market accomplishments
  • Identify and lead business development opportunities in the form of alliances, partnerships, acquisitions, which enable growth of the business
  • Gather industry, competitor & customer research to inform leadership, sales and product teams
  • Manage release milestones; guide product planning and requirements definition for the engineering team through collaboration with program management using an agile process
  • Collaborate with marketing on product launches, collateral review, RFPs, sales materials; partner with sales team, on key client presentations, competitive positioning, roadmaps
  • Work with services and support on development of internal & external training docs
  • Travel for collaboration with other internal teams and sales/customer visits


The right candidate has…

10+ years product management experience during which you have managed product managers and multiple products and teams from concept to launch.

  • Technical undergraduate degree
  • Familiar with AWS cloud services (or equivalent) such as EC2, ECS, RDS, ElasticCache, DynamoDB, S3, API Gateway and IoT
  • At least 5 years of experience in platform product management where the platform has supported multiple product initiatives and/or growth of external ecosystem of partners transacting on the platform
  • Demonstrated significant innovation and/or disruptive thinking
  • Management experience with both direct reports and cross-functional teams
  • Agile product management of commercial software (NOT internal projects)
  • Initiative & ownership to drive measurable team, product & sales performance
  • Use of data-driven methods to get executive buy-in and force strategic outcomes
  • Strong technical competence to guide tradeoffs, good design; leverage trends understand threats and potential partnership/integration opportunities
  • Extensive experience with launch and go-to-market deliverables especially with an indirect/channel sales forces; demonstrated ability to sell/influence customers and prospects
  • Ideally, experience with both enterprise as well as consumer software products