Product Manager-Retrosynthesis

Date: Jun 7, 2022

Location: Columbus, OH, US, 43202

Company: American Chemical Society

CAS uses intuitive technology, unparalleled scientific content and unmatched human expertise to help companies create groundbreaking innovations that benefit the world. As the scientific information solutions division of the American Chemical Society, CAS manages the largest curated reservoir of scientific knowledge, and for 114 years, has helped innovators mine, assess and apply that information to keep businesses thriving. The CAS team is global, diverse, endlessly curious and strives to make scientific insights accessible to innovators worldwide.


CAS is currently seeking a Product Manager for our Retrosynthesis product.


CAS Retrosynthesis is a world-class predictive solution for synthetic chemists, integrated in CAS SciFinder-n.  The ideal candidate will have strong experience in synthetic organic chemistry (PhD preferred).  While experience as a Product Manager for software products is preferred, other relevant experience (ex. lab/R&D leadership, MBA, sales or marketing, etc.) will be seriously considered. 



•             Education – Background in synthetic organic chemistry or a related science.  PhD strongly preferred.  Formal education in business, ex. MBA, is a strong plus.

•             Experience – Over 3 years of professional experience, including 2+ years relevant work experience in leadership or business roles. Experience with predictive capabilities in the scientific domain is highly preferred. 

•             Communication – Strong formal and informal communication. Can create compelling communication materials to support the logic behind recommendations and decisions. Communicates with colleagues in concise, compelling, empathetic and persuasive ways.

•             Leadership – Able to effectively lead projects and drive successful outcomes. Strong management skills leading large cross-functional initiatives. Effectively uses influence to lead projects, able to influence the performance of others through effective collaboration.

•             Analysis and Modeling - Demonstrated experience effectively using research and data to drive complex decisions, ability to establish relevant metrics with little direction. Ability to complete and apply financial modeling tools and techniques. Firm understanding of ROI and ability to apply as a decision-making tool.

•             Understands Business Drivers, Context and Key Issues - Has a good working and background understanding of business drivers and key issues, sees actions in organizational context. Able to answer, “So What? What’s Next?” questions to deeply understand complex issues and define strategic options.

•             Agile Product Development – Able to collaborate across teams to manage development of moderately complex products. Uses effective communication and active listening skills to identify and articulate product requirements, able to leverage subject matter expertise across teams to deliver timely results. Seeks support and escalates as needed.




•             Scientific Leadership – responsible for deeply understanding the needs of an user of the product (scientists), and leading the vision for and action on development of capabilities that are highly chemical/scientific in nature. 

•             Strategic Roadmap – Develops strategy to drive growth programmatically in opportune or needed areas. Internalizes overall company strategy such that it informs market requirements and feature prioritization. Creates and justifies product strategy, conceives new opportunities for major feature/function enhancements.

•             Market Understanding - Leads focus groups, customer surveys, and user testing to inform product priorities. Monitors key product analytics to inform development priorities. Establishes and leverages effective relationships with customers, thought leaders, and sales. Understands competitive context. Provides direction as to relevant customer segments to target for research.

•             Product Roadmap – Understands market priorities and works with other product managers and technology partners to identify solutions. Develops compelling and actionable product roadmap. Prioritizes and sequences product features and stories to meet market demands. Leads feature and roadmap definition for a specific product area. Delivers prioritized recommendations and business cases.

•             Product Requirements - Documents clear and measurable product requirements, makes data-driven prioritization recommendations, and understands practical trade-offs between implementation and functionality. Creates detailed product specifications using written requirements, business rules, process flows and use cases; incorporates user experience generated deliverables such as prototypes, wireframes and design and copy documents.

•             Product Delivery - Manages the development and launch of new features and functionality through the entire product development lifecycle process from concept through implementation and release. Authors market requirements/agile epics and bring forward market requirements/agile epics to grow products.

•             Business Plan/Product Profitability – Constructs and justifies business plan for approval. Owns topline for assigned products. Establishes actionable roadmaps, content plans, development plans, launch plans and budgets.

•             Go-to-Market Roadmap – Can develop full launch package including pricing and product bundling options; targeted segments; competitive analysis; and provides feedback as necessary into feature/function built. Ability to analyze market data and develop programs to market products and support the sales effort.


CAS offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation plan, medical, dental, vision insurance plans, and employee savings and retirement plans. Candidates for this position must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future. EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran


Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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