What does a Product manager role require?

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The Product managers empower the product teams to solve hard(customer and business) problems in ways that the customers love, yet work for the business. Product teams are cross-functional, generally comprised of a product manager, a product designer, and several engineers.

The product teams consist of people with the skills necessary to come up with effective solutions that are valuable(customers choose to buy and use), viable(solution works within the business constraints), usable(user can figure out how to use) and feasible(engineering team has the skills to implement).

While the product designer is accountable for ensuring the solution is usable, and the engineers are accountable for ensuring the solution is feasible, the product manager is accountable for ensuring the solution is both valuable and viable.

This means that the product manager must contribute to their product team a solid knowledge of the various constraints of the business — constraints from marketing, sales, service, finance, legal, and privacy are typical examples.

The product manager must also contribute to the product team a deep knowledge of our users and customers, and the data about how our customers engage with their products.

Finally, the product manager is expected to track industry trends and the competitive landscape as they pertain to their product.

While each member of the product team may be accountable for a specific risk, product managers should understand that consistent innovation is the result of each member of the product team contributing their passion and their ideas.

The product manager must collaborate closely with their product designer and engineers to discover effective solutions, and then work together to deliver those solutions to market.

While product teams are empowered to figure out the best solutions to the problems that need to be solved, they are also accountable for the results. Product managers must not be afraid of signing up for results, even when this means they have to work through others to achieve the necessary results.

This job, as with the other roles on the product team, is an individual contributor role. You will need to be able to influence your teammates, as well as colleagues, stakeholders, and key executives, through your use of data and logic.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the techniques and methods of modern product discovery and product delivery.

Diverse Perspectives are valued and looked for in an interview:

We know that innovation thrives on product teams where diverse points of view come together to solve hard problems in ways that are just now possible. As such, we explicitly seek people that bring diverse life experiences, diverse educational backgrounds, diverse cultures, and diverse work experiences. Please be prepared to share with the interview board how your perspective will bring something unique and valuable to our product teams.

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