Product Assistant (Biology, Environmental, & Earth Sciences)

Job Locations US-OH-Mason
Posted Date 1 week ago(9/14/2020 1:28 PM)
Requisition ID
Job Function
Product Management


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Do you dare to reinvent the future of education?

At Cengage, we are harnessing the power of tech to build a future where all learners have the tools and confidence to achieve their goals.


As a Cengage employee, you will blaze a new trail to transform the way people learn. Collaborating with the best of the best, you will feel challenged and inspired to do breakthrough work. With the support of our united team, there is no limit to what you can imagine, create and set in motion.

Are we right for you?

We set the bar higher by bringing our unique talents and point of view to the table every day.  We are curious and comfortable with change and are willing to take risks to transform education. Most importantly, with everything we do, we put learning first.


Are you excited by the thought of involvement in every functional area of our organization by providing direct, day-to-day support to product teams within your discipline? In this role, you will provide a wide variety of services to Product Manager(s) in order to optimize the performance of the product management and development effort and, thereby, help achieve the group’s business goals. In addition to supporting the Product Teams, you will apprentice on projects in several different areas including: Product Development, Product Management, Market Seeding, and Project Management throughout your time in this position.

What You'll Do Here:

Administrative tasks

  • Provide general administrative support. The assistant will support the Product Team by performing basic administrative tasks, including handling the reviewing process, processing invoices, crafting basic P&L proposals, providing overall product and customer database maintenance, providing budget tracking information, and processing contract and reprint requests
  • Prepare documents needed for meetings across the assigned product teams including Strategy Meetings, Production Launches, and digital road-mapping
  • Utilize our CRM to verify instructor information, product information, request materials, and to find users of products

Market Analysis

  • Collect and analyze internal and external sales data to be used by Product Managers in strategic decision-making
  • Maintain competitive grids by market for key titles/features/assets
  • Help in the design, execution, and analysis of market research, and identify potential ideas for improvement
  • Develop additional market understanding through phone interviews with faculty, occasional campus travel, and web-based or face-to-face student and faculty focus groups

Marketing and Sales Support

  • Provide sales and marketing team members with priority information upon request
  • Review product marketing pages for accuracy
  • Travel to campus with sales and/or marketing; potential to partner with specific inside Learning Consultants on targeted “inside” adoptions as face-to-face resource

Product Development

  • Develops select “B” and “C” level titles and/or “A” level ancillaries and deliver them to the production editor in a form ready for publication within timing and budgetary guidelines
  • Facilitate Design Sprints by performing such tasks as creation of prototype for iterative product development process

Skills You Will Need Here:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Proficiency in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, and databases
  • A background in written and numerical accuracy
  • Strong orientation to detail work and follow-through
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Work effectively and efficiently in a dynamic, collaborative environment
  • Communicate in all mediums without hesitation


  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and follow a project through to conclusion autonomously
  • Analytic problem-solving background, experience utilizing spreadsheets to interpret data
  • Basic customer-facing or sales experience
  • Strong networking skills


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