Vice President, Product Management

The Vice President of Product Management will be responsible for developing the Research Solutions product portfolio and driving Researcher Workflow strategy. The product portfolio includes products that support the needs of students, faculty and librarians, such as:

Pivot – Locating and securing research funding is becoming increasingly competitive, as funding opportunities are limited and the number of researchers vying for those dollars continues to grow. Pivot™ answers the growing demands on research developers to quickly discover the right funding opportunities and effectively collaborate with their colleagues.

RefWorks – a reference management service that gives students and faculty a tool that enables a more efficient and reliable process for producing research papers. Libraries that offer this powerful service have access to administrative controls that help institutions honor intellectual property rights, and analytics that provide a consistent source of information on patron and content usage.

Dissertations – through active partnerships with more than 700 universities, ProQuest disseminates and archives of more than 90,000 new graduate works each year. These works are available through library subscription databases and for easy and convenient ordering.

The Vice President of Product Management has a broad focus, which includes:

  • Product Requirements – coaching team and driving/owning development/agile processes. Documenting clear and measurable product requirements and making trade-off recommendations between implementation and functionality. Reviewing, commenting, and vetting product requirements and specifications to ensure the spirit and intent of market requirements have been met.
  • Product Delivery – managing the development and launch of new features and functionality through the entire product development lifecycle process from concept through implementation and release. Collaborating with design, content, engineering, QA and operations to refine the product delivery process to ensure delivery of the highest level of quality.
  • Customer Research – creating overall strategy for collecting market and product data to drive definition of product roadmap, backlog and priorities. Maintains regular contact with customers to stay current with needs and requirements. Drives internal program to track product analytics to inform priorities.
  • Product Roadmap – defining and owning the product, building a long term vision, establishing a strategic roadmap and delivering the product to the market, assuring development efforts are aligned with BU strategy.
  • Portfolio and Product Strategy – owning and driving portfolio and product strategy across multiple product lines.
  • Business Plan/Product Profitability – ability to construct and justify business plans. Owns topline for product lines and owns business plan for BU approval. Independently reviews and understands business plan in order to make proper roadmap and prioritization decisions.
  • Programmatic Growth – guiding team in ownership of product profitability – developing strategy to drive growth programmatically in opportune or needed areas; positioning of new feature/function; and providing feedback into competitor feature/function.
  • Product Launch – ability to coach team in developing full launch package including pricing and product bundling options; targeted segments; competitive analysis; and providing feedback as necessary into feature/function built.
  • Market Requirements – ability to author market requirements/agile epics, bring them forward to grow product(s), and drive innovation across the portfolio and ProQuest.


  • Masters’ degree or higher in related field, plus 10-15 years relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Interpersonal – strong customer relationship management, negotiation and communication skills
  • Leadership – experience developing and communicating vision and expectations to functional group. Effective management skills to lead a team of 3-20 product managers to success. Makes hiring decisions, manages performance, and provides ongoing coaching.
  • Data and Financial Analysis – ability to use data to assess and independently establish targets and direction in matters of high complexity for functional group or Business Unit.

Ancillary Qualifications:

Qualifications listed below, while not necessarily a requirement for this position in each circumstance, provide additional depth and value to the role.

  • MBA
  • Professional experience in a library setting.
  • Fluency in languages other than English.

Other important information about this position:

  • This position is based in a variety of ProQuest office locations and may be appropriate for full or partial remote work, subject to approval.
  • Occasional travel is required.
  • This position requires weekday (Monday – Friday) attendance with some scheduling flexibility available around core working hours.
  • Every position requires certain physical capabilities. ProQuest seeks to make reasonable accommodations that enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential duties when possible.


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