Prod Mgmt Eng Tech Mgr

Date: May 19, 2021

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 113 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 Life Sciences Product Manager.  This position will be located in our headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.


Individuals for this role will be entrepreneurial and scientifically minded to help further our product development in life sciences. This role requires a unique blend of business and scientific savvy, a big-picture vision, and the drive to realize that vision.


As Product Manager, the individual will leverage deep understanding of drug discovery workflows to solve meaningful problems through information-driven solutions.  This person must be able to effectively understand the data environment and drivers of activity within a workflow, and steer CAS’s strategy based on customer needs.  This role will provide business leadership through all stages of the product lifecycle, and will be responsible for driving alignment across the organization on roadmap development, prioritization and investment decisions. 


This candidate will:

  • Define product requirements.
  • Work with Sales and Marketing Support to assist with the go-to-market strategy, helping them understand the product positioning, key benefits, and target customers.
  • Serve as the internal and external subject matter expert for life sciences product offerings, working with the sales channel and key clients.
  • Remain knowledgeable of new trends and needs in the market and integrate the ever-changing business environment into the tactical and strategic plans.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Roadmap – Develops strategy to drive growth programmatically in opportune or needed areas in Life Sciences. 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.
  • This candidate will be open to traveling 10-15%.


  • Master or Ph.D. in a scientific domain related to life science research or chemistry product development,
  • Experience – 5+ years of practical experience and strong working knowledge of scientific research and development in the pharmaceutical, related life sciences and/or chemical industry. Experience with the Agile software development methodology and related processes and tools (e.g. sprint review meetings, JIRA, Aha!, use case authoring, bug triaging, etc.). Direct experience with the business aspects of building and selling software products a plus.
  • 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. Able to effectively interact with customers, address their questions and concerns, and leverage active listening skills to assess product opportunities and risks. Able to manage negotiations with limited supervision or instruction.
  • 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.



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. 


Position Summary

Nearest Major Market: Columbus

Job Segment: Pharmaceutical, Product Development, Testing, User Experience, Science, Research, Technology