This blog is intended to capture real-life examples of librarians who have found positions in alternative career paths. It will also be used to recommend job openings found on the web, that are applicable non-traditional library roles.
Specifically, I mean positions that utilize our unique combination of skills in information management, customer service, research/reference/information retrieval, and analysis.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
alt-lib Suggests: Analytical Product Manager- Philadelphia, PA - Elsevier
Big One, right here: "Knowledge of the Science, Technology and Medical (STM) information industry a stong plus"
The Platform and Content Product Management (PCPM) group is part of the Academic & Government Products department at Elsevier S&T, and is responsible for developing and managing the shared platform and content workstreams that form the basis of major A&G services such as SciVerse and SciVal, but also of products in our Corporate and Health Sciences divisions.
Within this group, the Platform product managers drive and own projects that build and enhance functionality used across A&G: search and content APIs, access and customer management systems, linking, e-commerce, search functionality, and so on. The Platform product managers work closely with other product managers, marketing, sales, external parties, customers, IT and UCD for the definition, implementation and launch of this functionality.
Within this part of the Platform and Content Product Management group is a vacancy for a:
Analytical Product Manager (Full time: 100%)
The Analytical Product Manager is responsible for analyzing and defining requirements for large and/or complex projects while ensuring they solve customer problems. These projects can be:
development projects to build out new platform functionality, and/or
projects to integrate new products into the platform's infrastructure.
The Analytical Product Manager reports to a Senior Product Manager in the PCPM group and is tasked to projects owned by this and other product managers.
The successful candidate will be undertaking the following activities:
Advise product owners and development staff in other business units on platform integration
Performing gap analyses between systems
Participate in and co-ordinate integration projects
Identify needs for and initiate development of platform enhancements in support of new integrations
Initiating and contributing to user-centric product development that supports business needs
Definition, gathering and analysis of product/platform requirements
Working with IT staff to ensure functional specifications are well understood
Ongoing management of functional specifications and change requests throughout projects
Ensuring quality throughout the entire development cycle and ensuring that requirements meets user and business needs
Coordination of and alignment between functional and UI specifications
Providing post-implementation operational support Monitoring
Minimum of 3 years of experience in software development projects
Degree in business, computer science, engineering or technology
Experience gathering, distilling, and documenting software requirements
Relevant technical experience, preferably with web services/service-oriented architectures; else web technology, large-scale content systems, and search technology;
Fluent in EnglishWillingness to travel
Knowledge of the Science, Technology and Medical (STM) information industry a stong plus
Attention for detail and accuracy
Creative and pragmatic
Technical and professional knowledge
Building strategic working relationships
Strong in planning, organizing and follow-up
Able to work in large and dynamic organization and across functions in high-profile projects