Product Manager
Apollo Group - Phoenix, AZ

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Corporate Statement
Apollo Group, Inc. was founded in 1973 in response to a gradual shift in higher education demographics from a student population dominated by youth to one in which approximately half the students are adults and over 80 percent of whom work full-time. Apollo's founder, John Sperling, believed -- and events proved him right -- that lifelong employment with a single employer would be replaced by lifelong learning and employment with a variety of employers. Lifelong learning requires an institution dedicated solely to the education of working adults.
Today, Apollo Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, the University of Phoenix (including University of Phoenix Online), the Institute for Professional Development, the College for Financial Planning, and Western International University, has established itself as a leading provider of higher education programs for working adults by focusing on servicing the needs of the working adult.

Apollo Group has enjoyed continual growth in student enrollments as well as building a strong financial record by having more than doubled its total enrollments and revenues between 2001 and 2005. Apollo Group, looking to continue the growth, completed its initial public offering on December 6, 1994 with a price of $0.72 per share (adjusted for stock splits).
Subsidiary Statement
Institute for Professional Development is a subsidiary of Apollo Group Inc., dedicated to the enrichment of lives through higher education. As the premier provider of educational consulting and related products and services, we help organizations, as well as men and women, achieve their educational goals. We accomplish this by working with colleges, universities and other organizations to develop adult-oriented academic programs specific to the needs of the institution and market.
Position Summary
Evaluates business opportunities to define and optimize the product portfolio through analysis and understanding of targeted markets, market trends, new technology, customer business issues and the competitive environment. Applies broad knowledge of company product capabilities and service offerings with in-depth analysis of market position to create and expand the portfolio of products and solution alternatives. Works closely with product development to create products and validates early product definitions with customers. Uses technical expertise and extensive industry experience to formulate product strategies and identify new product opportunities. Responsible for developing project plans designed to address customer needs and/or expand market share.
Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Networks with senior internal and external personnel in own area of expertise.
Primary Accountabilities
NOTE: The primary accountabilities below are intended to describe the general content and requirements of this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties. Incumbents may perform all or most of the primary accountabilities listed below. Specific goals or responsibilities will be documented in the incumbents’ performance objectives as outlined by the incumbents’ immediate supervisor or manager.
• Manages Apollo IPDs software products and service, including but not limited to managing the entire product life cycle from strategic planning to tactical activities.
• Works closely with product analytics team to define requirements for in-depth analysis related to the business’ return on investment.
• Collects high level requirements from the business and incorporates through extensive research.
• Build self-service model and go-to-market strategy for Institute of Professional Development in coordination with executives.
• Coordinates across the Product team to research platform capabilities and develop requirements based on overall offering to customer as aligned with the customer roadmap.
• Drives deliverables across cross-functional teams including program management, project management, and product management as it pertains to multiple customers.
Knowledge Skills & Abilities
Bachelor’s degree required.
A seasoned, experienced professional with a full understanding of area of specialization; resolves a wide range of issues in creative ways. This job is the fully qualified, career-oriented, journey-level position. Direct experience in a Product Management role required. Requires five (5) years of related experience.
Must be extremely well-organized with extensive web-based product SDLC experience.
Ability to handle multiple project deliverables and balance multiple priorities and deadlines is critical.
Ensures that proper product quality is addressed for new applications and/or modifications to existing software applications.
Advanced Technology Skills – Must have thorough domain knowledge of web-based end-user products and advanced technology interfaces to ensure that product stakeholders make sound product development decisions.
Excellent People Skills - Demonstrated ability to work with both technical and non-technical individuals, both in gathering information and communicating direction and status.
Time Management Skills – Strong ability to assist with size and scope, daily project management, risk mitigation, resource estimations.
Formal Design Skills - Understand and work with analysts to determine product design and end-user dimension interfaces.
EEO Statement
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Apollo Group, Inc. and its subsidiary companies (hereafter, 'Apollo') are committed to being Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers. We embrace and celebrate the unique qualities of our employees including race, color, gender, age, religion, disability or perceived disability, veteran status,genetic information, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin or any other category protected by federal, state or local law. The protected groups set forth in this policy are broader than what is covered by our Affirmative Action Plan.
It is the objective of Apollo to provide equal opportunity for employment. Through the recruitment and retention of a competitive diverse workforce, we can leverage our diversity and better understand our customers' needs as well as enhance the communities we serve. At Apollo, we believe diversity strengthens our competitive advantage.
Apollo makes decisions relative to employment, training, compensation, and promotion on the basis of job-related qualifications. We prohibit discrimination based on race, color, gender, age, religion, disability or perceived disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.
Apollo is committed to the principles of tolerance and respect, fair treatment, equal access and consideration, and recognition for contributions. All management personnel are accountable and share in the responsibility for adherence to the policy. Apollo is guided by the principle of equal opportunity and respect for others. Apollo's philosophy is based on the recognition of and value for the unique attribute brought to Apollo by each person. By keeping with these principles Apollo will successfully meet its corporate goals.

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Apollo Group, Inc. (Apollo Group)is a private education provider. The Company offers educational programs and services at the high school,...