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Product Manager / Co-Founder of new IDEO venture

In a nutshell

We are seeking a Product Manager as a critical part of the founding team for IDEO’s newest venture. This venture focuses on the intersection of blended learning, innovation, creativity and the future of work.  

Building on our passion for life-long learning, and the success of IDEO U, we will expand our suite of learning products to better serve enterprise needs. This venture will be led out of our San Francisco location. 

We’re searching for an ambidextrous innovator with the delicate balance of bold visioning, intelligent strategy, and elegant execution. This role requires wearing multiple hats to bring new offers to life and the ability to design scalable, sustainable solutions. 

Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?

We are passionate about enabling others to innovate and change at scale around the globe. This new venture is a key expression of where IDEO is growing. This is an uncommon opportunity to participate in IDEO through one of our new ventures. You will play on the innovative edge of a company known for innovation. 

Once here you will:

The perfect candidate will bring a unique blend of real-world experience, passion for bringing new ventures to market, and a passion for making change through adult education. From a deep understanding of overlapping needs for desirability, feasibility and viability, this person will be responsible for articulating a new product vision and then orchestrating to deliver a new offer. While they’ll begin as a founding member of this new venture team, they’ll have the potential to expand into new roles as the venture makes progress.  

The Product Manager will shape the vision for, design and launch an MVP of a new venture - a hybrid of product and services - that creates a positive impact on people's lives and work and creates new revenue opportunities for IDEO. Some specifics include:

  • Build upon previous efforts in this space, amplifying them and moving them toward launch
  • Lead quantitative and qualitative cycles of feedback to inform market sizing, value proposition, positioning, and strategy.
  • Creatively plan, scope, guide, implement work across a core team, but also a network of talent, contractors and partners, collaborating across these efforts. 
  • Explore global strategies and business models to ensure that this new offer has scalability long term.
  • Lead the evaluation, selection and integration of any 3rd party technology platforms 
  • Navigate relationships and partnerships to bring this new venture to life.
  • Identify the right opportunity for MVP and guide nimble launch and learn experiments
  • Lead other team members (technical talent, instructional design, developers, data and operations) or build collaborators to develop this product. This will likely involve creating full stack prototypes and launching production products using an agile process.
  • Manage development teams to achieve quality products on a deadline, and knowing when to push for speed vs. quality.
  • Lead and support building working prototypes and dynamic front-end web experiences that can connect to back-end APIs.
  • Lead and support deploying applications using cloud services such as AWS, Heroku or Google.
  • Ensure measurable  impact with this MVP that we can secure continued investment from IDEO leadership in the form of budget and resources.
  • Help IDEO identify the right balance to keep our team inspired for the long haul and have a viable, feasible business.
  • Guide next stages of development considering the right balance of moving fast and long term technical debt as well as providing scalable systems for long term needs.
  • Storytell and navigate across IDEO to maintain governance and connection.
  • Shape brand and organizational implications and decisions.

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career. 

Relevant experience

Our basic requirement is that candidates must have 7+ years of working experience. You should have demonstrable experience taking an idea from early vision into a market launch. Experience sustaining and scaling digital offers in market is also desired. This could be as an entrepreneur, a core member of a startup, or a product or marketing manager at a multinational corporation. Candidates must be adept at designing business models, market research, and financial modeling.

IN ADDITION:

  • Successful candidates will combine rigorous business acumen across all of the following areas, along with world-class depth in one or two: Product Marketing, Product Development, Organizational Behavior, Operations, Finance, Education, Learning and Development.
  • Solid financial management experience including developing and managing budgets, modeling and forecasting revenue and expenses, and overseeing accounting processes.
  • Experience with financial analysis, planning, business intelligence and business modeling
  • You should have the ability to coach and teach others about business and energize the community with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to influence and build consensus across a broad range of backgrounds, organizational levels and personalities
  • Experience running a dynamic product prioritization process and knowledgeable of best practice release processes
  • Ability to work in diverse work cultures and comfortable with nonhierarchical organizations.
  • An MBA or a Bachelor’s degree in business is helpful but not a requirement
  • Experience within EdTech, enterprise productivity, and collaboration software fields is a plus
  • Bonus abilities include digital design and development, design research, digital marketing.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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