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Senior Product Manager - Premium Author Products



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2024
Company Overview
Academia.edu is a venture-backed, for-profit business based in San Francisco whose mission is to accelerate the world’s research. Our platform enables researchers worldwide to effortlessly find and access academic papers, stay current with peers and relevant research areas, and enhance their ability to publish and distribute their work. With over 100 million academic papers, a vast user base of over 250 million and adoption by over half of the academic community, we're at the forefront of transforming the $25 billion academic publishing industry.
The Role
We are seeking a high-performing Senior Product Manager (Sr PM) to lead our Premium Products team. In this key role, you'll focus on creating and launching new academic products, aimed at addressing the specific needs of academics and researchers. Your mandate will involve identifying and understanding the unique challenges faced by various academic sub-groups, and developing a strategy and solutions that not only engage them, but also drive them to subscribe and retain to Academia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategize, define, and prioritize the product roadmap for new premium products
  • Lead and coordinate cross-functional teams across engineering, design, data, and UXR.
  • Oversee the development, planning, and design of new products from concept to market.
  • Utilize product metrics to guide decision-making and evaluate success
  • Craft product requirements for MVPs and feature enhancements
  • Contribute to the overarching product strategy
  • Drive business impact


  • Minimum 5 years of B2C online product management experience
  • Proven expertise in scaling products to millions of users
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral
  • Demonstrated ability to make a significant business impact
  • Customer-centric approach with a knack for data-driven validation
  • Leadership experience in engineering, user research, UX, and analytics teams
  • Extensive experience with A/B testing and user research (both qualitative and quantitative)
  • Startup experience is essential; bonus for a history of successful product pivots
  • Technical understanding and ability to engage in high-level technical discussions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in launching products from inception to market (0->1)
  • Background in working with Large Language Models (LLMs)

What's in it for you?

  • Mission-Driven Company: Join a company that is mission-driven but that is also financially secure and stable.
  • Leadership: Lead the definition and implementation of entire product lines.
  • Impact: Make a significant contribution to the user experience, driving growth and enhancing user satisfaction.
  • Career Growth: Explore opportunities for career advancement
  • Kind Company Culture: Work for an organization that values kindness, fostering a supportive and inclusive work culture.
  • Competitive Compensation: Enjoy a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
Diversity and Inclusion
Academia is a proud equal-opportunity employer and we are committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.