Product Manager - McKinsey Academy


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 7+ years experience in software roles, including meaningful experience in Strategic Product management/ Product marketing, Product design / Product development, Technical Product management/ Functional design
  • Knowledge and understanding of technical engineering best practices
  • Expert knowledge of Agile best practices and tooling (Jira, Git, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of SaaS technical issues (e.g., configuration, integration, etc.)
  • Experience in Edtech industry is a plus
  • Clear oral and written communication skills to present complex value propositions to client senior executives
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with desire to work in fast-paced, start-up environment, with the ability to consistently deliver exceptional results on demanding timelines
  • Able to appreciate differences in market needs, competitive environment, and cultural norms across multiple countries and sectors
  • Results-oriented, positive, can-do attitude in face of challenging operating environment

Who You'll Work With

You will work with our McKinsey Academy team in Chicago or New York. McKinsey Academy is a New Ventures scale-up that brings McKinsey expertise to our clients for continuing education, capability building, and change programs. Built off a leading Learning Management System (LMS), Academy combines a digital offering with in-person instruction and interventions to upskill our clients. You'll be part of a group of highly motivated entrepreneurs to drive our go-to-market strategy, build client relationships, and ensure successful design and delivery of our client programs.

McKinsey Academy's mission is to accelerate transformations of companies and countries by unlocking the potential of their people. We do this by closely partnering with business and HR leaders to reimagine the approach to developing their leaders and building capabilities across the organization. McKinsey Academy is McKinsey's center of excellence for leadership development and learning. We work closely with McKinsey Client Service Teams (CSTs) and directly with large organizations to identify and develop opportunities. Our offerings include Signature Programs, Custom Programs, Coaching Journeys, and Proprietary Diagnostics. We also have a cutting-edge digital platform, developed in partnership with edX and organizations like Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, to scale leadership development globally.

McKinsey Academy is designed for rising professionals and senior teams to develop the capabilities they need to help their organizations thrive. Our programs include courses developed and taught by McKinsey partners, combined with perspectives from the broader market including academics, executives, and thought leaders. The programs combine group-based project work and the newest social approaches that reinforce effective, lasting skills development. With optional in-person components, our programs can be a cost-effective way to build the capabilities of a large number of participants across an organization.

New Ventures is a recently formed part of McKinsey focused on fostering innovations driven by analytics, design thinking, mobile, social and other technologies and integrating them into our client work. It is a foundation for—and expands our investment in—our entrepreneurial culture.

As one of the fastest-growing parts of our firm, New Ventures has more than 1,000 dedicated professionals (including more than 800 analysts and data scientists) and we're hiring more mathematicians, data scientists, designers, software engineers, product managers, client development managers and general managers.

What You'll Do

You'll leverage your expertise in product strategy, product architecture, configuration & integration strategies, and long-term customer success.

You'll be responsible for driving the architecture, design, and execution phases of discrete Academy product components. You'll incorporate the Academy's vision and business plans to develop product roadmaps using "lean start-up" approaches and based on opportunity assessments, McKinsey ideas & expertise, competitive intelligence, technology trends, and client feedback. You will work with McKinsey product development teams to build the product with agile methodologies, specifically by writing functional requirements, setting development timelines, and ensuring appropriate quality & performance testing.

You'll occasionally be asked to assess technology partnerships (i.e., 3rd party software upon which the solution is built); annd continually assess build vs buy approaches to new functionality. You will support the Business Development team in high-profile client development opportunities, specifically by providing product knowledge, competitive intelligence, and evaluating new feature developments. Finally, you will manage 2-3 Product Owners who will operate at a more granular user-story level of resolution.

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