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Sr. Product Manager

ABOUT NEXT COLLEGE STUDENT ATHLETE (NCSA)

NCSA is the world’s largest and most successful collegiate athletic recruiting network. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Reigning Champs (www.reigningchamps.com), NCSA’s team of more than 650 former collegiate and professional athletes leverages 17 years of exclusive data, proprietary matching algorithms, and personal relationships to connect tens of thousands of college-bound student-athletes to more than 35,000 college coaches nationwide across 31 sports every year. You can learn more about NCSA at www.ncsasports.org.

Senior Product Manager Job Details

As a Senior Product Manager at NCSA, you will be responsible for creating innovative digital experiences for student-athletes and college coaches that help make the college recruiting process easier. You will champion the product vision and define and execute the product roadmap. Through research and feedback, you will deeply understand user pain points and opportunities to help both parties be successful in the recruiting process. You are a visionary who is excited to work alongside data scientists to push the business to solve problems with cutting edge technology. 

Responsibilities

  • Conduct user feedback and research with college coaches, athletes and their parents on an ongoing basis to clearly understand their needs and pain points
  • Stay on top of market trends and knowledgeable of competition, identifying and surfacing any meaningful gaps
  • Identify new product opportunities
  • Collaborate with design and development to rapidly conceptualize, prototype, and validate new product ideas and innovations
  • Present concepts, business case and key insights to stakeholders to move from idea to roadmap
  • Supervise one Project Manager on day to day responsibilities
  • Define, align on and evangelize the product roadmap
  • Lead a scrum team to drive product development by defining feature sets, developing and communicating product requirements
  • Identify, manage and report on KPI’s globally and related to strategic efforts
  • Create and implement a test & learn strategy in product development

Skills/Competencies:

  • You are intelligent and analytical with outstanding problem-solving skills. You enjoy creating elegant and simple solutions to very complex challenges
  • You truly enjoy talking to customers – both satisfied and unsatisfied to learn their pain points and needs
  • You seek the truth, not to confirm your hypothesis 
  • You are data driven and are experienced working with a data science team
  • You have experience working with innovative and emerging technologies (AI, machine learning)
  • You are a lifetime learner who is constantly seeking new information and keeping up with technology trends
  • You have a keen sense of business and are able to manage both customer and business needs simultaneously
  • You are an outstanding communicator, excited about evangelizing the vision at all levels of the company 
  • You are known to win others over and not give up on what you believe in yet also understand the importance of listening and being open-minded
  • You are a motivated self-starter, don’t need to be told what to do
  • You don’t have to love sports, but you must be passionate about what we do which is helping athletes find the best college fit
  • You have demonstrated leadership skills and have managed others both directly and cross-functionally
  • You are process-driven
  • You are an experienced facilitator, able to bring varied backgrounds together to ideate and develop solutions

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years in product management or related role
  • 3+ years of experience as the primary owner of consumer facing products
  • Experience with big data, AI, machine learning
  • Experience with both mobile & web platforms
  • Experience in an agile or Kanban environment
  • Experience conducting user research
  • Experience with web optimization tools

Benefits

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, & Life Insurance
  • Pre-Tax Flex Spending Account
  • 401(k) Match Up to 3%
  • Parental Leave
  • Wellness Reimbursement Program
  • Online Health Assessments
  • EAP

National Collegiate Scouting Association LLC is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, citizenship status, uniform service member status, age, disability, sexual and gender orientation, genetic information or any other protected status in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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