Head - Product Management - Online/Internet (12-20 yrs)
The Head of Product Management leads the Product Management team with a focus on enhancing the definition and growth of the product in its market. The Head of Product Management is the primary driver of the vision; overseeing the development and management of the product's roadmap based on the adopted strategies and vision.
The role of Head of Product Management demands that the individual in its occupation be a highly analytical individual who is able to work quite effectively in a matrix environment. The position also requires that the occupier be adept at synthesising various technologies and capabilities into the business's products in such a way that the consumers will love.
Objectives and Responsibility:
Innovation: The Head of Product Management is tasked with overseeing the innovation and improvement of the business's product as well as the day-to-day product activities in such a way that ensures that the product is constantly growing to suit the consumers- needs. The Head of Product Management further ensures that necessary steps are being taken to make any modifications that are being made in the product or strategy in order to bring out the best results for the business.
At this capacity, the Head of Product Management is essentially responsible for identifying opportunities that lead to the growth of the product through innovation while still maintaining the fundamental business goals/priorities.
Collaboration: As mentioned, the position of Head of Product Management is of cross-functional nature and this implies a high level of collaboration with different departments and different levels. The Head of Product Management partners up with other product departmental leaders in order to align and execute product strategies and ensure that each department receives the right level of support due from its colleagues.
The Head of Product Management also works very closely with the engineering department, design, sales, marketing, and other departments to deliver the business's product into the market.
Product/Market Evaluation: The Head of Product Management is also responsible for spearheading investigation and analyses on the product and the product market. The Head of Product Management is then expected to process this information, identify opportunities, and present these to the leadership team.
Problem Resolution: The Head of Product Management, due to his experience, is additionally tasked with the identification of issues in the strategies developed by the junior product management. Apart from identification, it is his responsibility to resolve these strategic issues, which potentially impair the whole department's ability to meet the product's financial, strategic, and technical goals.
Education: A suitable candidate will have a master's degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Engineering, Computer Science, or an equivalent in working experience.
Experience: The candidate must have 10-12 years of experience in product management or project management in complex/matrix environments. Preferably; this experience will be inclusive of at least 5 years experience in leading product teams and product strategy.
Communication Skills: Excellent communication skills are a must for this position. The position is a supervisory position and communication must be effective down the line in order to ensure the proper execution of the roles/functions in all junior positions.
Leadership/People Skills: As the Head of the Product Management Department, a good candidate will demonstrate strong leadership skills with an ability to move his peers as well as his juniors and have them follow a common vision. Great leadership should further be coupled with excellent people skills. People skills are what will makes people want to follow him and readily and happily apply his directives; hence improving the cohesion and functionality of the Product Management department.
Analytical Skills: The Head of Product Management should also demonstrate a high level of analytical and quantitative skills. He should possess the ability to use information/data and various metrics to develop an informed and factual business case. The Head of Product Management also has to have strong financial analytical capabilities that are used to further develop informed product strategies, which subsequently improves product performance.