Product Manager – Education

Job Title:                             Product Manager – Education Division                                         

Reporting To:                     Product Director

Location:                            Wilmslow/Remote 

Salary:                                 Competitive


We are Citation Group.  We offer colleagues and clients an opportunity they will not gain at many other businesses.  We are interested in growth, investment and service excellence, we have never and will never grow our business by cost cutting or tying people up in bureaucracy.  We don’t do politics – we want people focused upon actions and delivery.  We don’t do micro-management – we empower, support and innovate.  We are leaders, not empire builders and we love our business.

Citation and our acquired companies, are going through an exciting time, expanding our portfolio by developing and introducing new products and services to clients. To achieve this, we need a new Product Manager.  Reporting into the Product Director, you will have a genuine passion for product ownership, have an integral role in influencing the product roadmap and will develop products that differentiate, grow market share and deliver client value. This is a really exciting to join us in this newly created role. Across our group companies we have over 45,000 clients who love us, need us and want to buy more from us.  Having acquired 10 businesses over the last 3 years which offer products and services that our clients need and want; we’re only interested in future growth; we’re not finished yet.

Moving is a risk – is that what you’re thinking? Don’t worry. We’ve just entered our 3rd wave of private equity ownership alongside KKR and Hg Capital and don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.  This also means as the company grows over the next 3 to 5 years, you’ve got the opportunity to do so too!  If the prospect of this excites you… good, you’re the right type of person for us.


The role

In this key role, you will work with key stakeholders and teams right across the business.  It is a wide and varied role with bags of opportunity and support.  With continual double-digit growth year on year, our business thrives on people with vision, determination, agility, focus and brilliant people skills.

So, if you are a product professional with a personality, who is commercial savvy and wants to be part of making ideas a successful reality, this could be your dream job.  You will spend time in the market to understand client and stakeholder challenges and love working with others to find innovative solutions for our markets.

Adept at building great relationships, coupled with the ability to makes things happen, you will relish the prospect of taking a new product idea from concept to launch and embedding in our business and then seeing the business results.

You will work with the business to define product releases and must be able to confidently communicate at all levels. As Product Manager, you will work in a strategic role, driving tasks through other parts of the business as well as having your own tactical tasks, such as creating communications and other product documentation. You will work with Marketing to define the go-to-market strategy, helping them understand the product positioning, key benefits, and target customer and generally serve as the internal and external evangelist for product offerings.


The Person


  • Excellent presentation and communication skills with boundless energy and tenacity
  • Great team player and good people skills
  • Problem solving, providing solutions and playing an interactive role within the team
  • Active project management and organisational skills
  • Personable skills for working with internal and external clients and potential partners
  • Good negotiation skills for working with potential partners


Attitude and Behaviours

You will be an enthusiastic team player who takes a positive proactive approach to business challenges.  With sound interpersonal skills you will want to use your talents to help make this Company a great place to work and do business with.

Responsible For

  • Gather market insight from customers, prospects and partners that will shape and define the product
  • Specify market requirements and contribute to the development of the product strategy and roadmap deliverables
  • Management of the product life cycle from initial idea, planning, project management through to delivery
  • Driving a solution across a development team, set of business stakeholders and/or external partners
  • Devising go to market plans
  • Building product propositions
  • Acting as a product champion, liaising with both internal and external clients


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