Product Manager (University Tribe)Perlego

London, England, United Kingdom 05-06-2023


What you’ll get:

At Perlego we believe in the key role you will play to achieve our shared mission. You'll belong to a culture of dreamers, team players and avid learners with a flexible, value-based approach. Here, you can become your best self, and through your talent, make a real impact in the world of education.

The numbers speak for themselves:*

  • 94% of people you’ll work with are inspired by the purpose and mission of Perlego
  • 88% of people you’ll work with feel they belong at Perlego
  • 90% of people you’ll work with would recommend us as a great place to work

*Stats from our latest anonymous employee engagement survey

What we do

At Perlego, there are over 100 of us working hard to make education accessible to all. We believe access to good quality affordable learning unlocks potential. Knowledge should be more accessible, not locked behind sky-high price tags.

Last year, we expanded our library to make over 1 million books affordable for learners, earned a 100% Gold ASPIRE rating for accessibility and reached over 15 million people. The next stage of Perlego is twofold: 1) expand our support to students and publishers globally, and 2) build a product that goes beyond the book, a platform that helps students study smarter and educators teach more effectively

How we work together

We work in a matrix structure and we organise ourselves into cross-functional tribes working together on common goals, with each tribe focusing on a specific domain and including all the necessary roles and skills to deliver on our objectives

As a Product Manager, you will be joining one of our product squads and own one of our products throughout its lifecycle, ensuring it supports the company’s strategy and goals.

What we're looking for

A result-driven Product Manager with experience building high-impact business/enterprise administration solutions, to own the roadmap and drive product development for one of our cross-functional squads, and deliver solutions that move our company metrics.

In this role, you’ll be working within the University tribe/domain, whose goal is to enable institutional level adoption of Perlego within a University (and sometimes corporate) domain. We’re on a high growth journey with our University adoption, and now building out enterprise level capabilities to allow management at scale of Perlego, spanning user management, integrations, data/insights, and confirming to standards

What you’ll do

  • Gain a deep understanding of our products and customers, build empathy with users and develop continuous discovery practices in your squad.
  • Leverage data, insights and research findings to uncover and prioritise opportunities, define requirements and drive user satisfaction and business outcomes
  • Work with Senior Product Managers to implement product strategies, scoping and prioritising activities based on business and customer impact.
  • Translate product strategy into detailed requirements for prototype construction and final product development.
  • Own the roadmap and drive implementation for a cross-functional squad, maximising impact within your set budget. Manage multiple bets in your backlog, sticking to realistic deadlines and pushing back when vital.
  • Lead your squad from idea to launch. Oversee the development process and ensure quality, usability and reliability standards are met and releases are on schedule. Drive product launches including working with marketing team, customer success, and other squads.
  • Define, monitor and analyse metrics for launched products, sharing findings to help grow a data-driven mindset in the team.
  • Advocate for Perlego’s mission and objectives, ensuring your squad is aligned and focused on the most impactful initiatives. Foster a culture of impact, performance, inclusivity and happiness in your squad.
  • Clearly communicate product plans, benefits and results to your squads and the wider company, creating buy-in with key stakeholders.
  • Act as a product evangelist, promote product management best practices and help scale the product team and discipline at Perlego.


Who you are

  • A confident Product Manager 🚀 - Capable of formulating and advocating for a clear, impactful product strategy and roadmap, and working with a cross-functional squad to deliver on it. You have 3+ years of proven experience building consumer-facing products that drive consistent business results (at least 2 in a product management role).
  • Domain knowledge - With experience in higher education, academic publishing, or EdTech more broadly, you will bring domain knowledge to guide our discovery and delivery with experience of the sectors we operate within
  • Always working at the intersection of business, technology and user experience ⛳️ - You have proven ability to build empathy with users and shape user centric products, and you are constantly looking to refine your instincts through user feedback and data insight. You partner with experts in the company to make informed technology and scope trade-offs to maximise value.
  • A user-centric product manager- You utilise both quantitative and qualitative data to inform and guide product decisions, but the core to your work is user centricity, ensuring that we deeply understand our users wants, needs, and pains in and out of our products.
  • A highly collaborative and trusted partner 🤝 - You are team-oriented and believe that building a product is a collaborative endeavour. You have a track record of driving impact and execution in a cross-disciplinary team, by building positive relationships and giving others the space to contribute at the right time. You contribute to a healthy, safe and productive team environment through empathy, integrity and inclusivity.
  • A reliable and result-driven problem-solver 🧠 - You leverage data to identify opportunities, guide decision-making and shape outcome-driven solutions, in alignment with company objectives. You approach problems with a solutions mindset, thinking both critically and creatively, balancing innovative ideas with reality, resources and business needs. You work hands-on and have a sleeves-rolled-up mentality.
  • An effective decision-maker ✅ - You can make hard trade-offs and prioritisation decisions between high-value items within given objectives. You can communicate your decisions effectively and manage stakeholders’ expectations. You are comfortable with uncertainty and can lead a team forward in ambiguous contexts, acknowledging what’s unknown but looking ahead and taking pragmatic action. You adapt to change with ease - testing, learning, and iterating to achieve optimal results.
  • An exceptional communicator 📣 - You are capable of translating highly technical or complex matters into understandable stories. You are comfortable with both writing and presenting to get your ideas heard and get consensus from a variety of collaborators. You believe in radical candour and can give and receive direct feedback to help things progress efficiently.

It’s a plus if you have ⭐️:

  • Experience working with Agile and/or Scrum
  • Experience with user research and testing
  • Experience operating in a Business to Business (b2b) domain
  • Experience with financial ownership and operational management
  • Experience with Figma, ProductBoard, Jira or other relevant tools
  • Experience working in higher education or publishing domains, ideally Ed-Tech experience
  • Experience working in a matrixed organisation
  • Experience in a scale-up environment and/or MA (or equivalent) in a relevant field

What success looks like for this role in 12 months

  • In 3 months, having developed a full understanding of Perlego’s strategy and ways of working, you will have ownership of your squad’s roadmap and you will have started working with your squad to deliver against it.
  • In 6 months, you will have started working optimally with your squad, and have had an impact on company objectives through your roadmap.
  • In 12 months, you will be consistently delivering high-impact products and driving results with a fully functional, efficient, and satisfied squad.


🌈 Benefits include:


The range available for this role is £55,000-£60,000

Why should you work at Perlego?

Apart from our mission, we foster a unique company culture championing self-empowerment, personal development, direct communication and mutual support. We’re proud of our Glassdoor reviews and the fact that 97% of our team would recommend Perlego as a place to work.

Want to learn more about how we’re making learning accessible? Check out our latest impact report

🏠 Flexible

We're making learning accessible to all and we want our ways of working to be accessible too. Choose between our impressive office in Chancery Lane, remote work or a bit of both. Work in a way that supports your needs and your life. We trust people to know what works best for them.

We are flexible if you wish to work remotely overseas for short periods of time, as long as you remain a UK tax resident 🗺

🧠 L&D Budget

We value continuous learning, you will get £500 per year to spend on the training of your choice

🌱 Unlimited Coaching Opportunities

Unlimited access to MoreHappi, an on-demand professional coaching platform to offer all employees access to unbiased and professional coaching opportunities.

🤓 Learning Time

All employees have dedicated Learning Time every second Friday afternoon, to focus on new skills, projects or interests that lay outside of their day-to-day job

🌴 Work-Life Balance

Everyone needs a break, so enjoy 30 days off (incl. bank holidays) + 1 additional day annual leave for every year of service up to 35 days off (incl. bank holidays)

🛐 Flexi Bank Holidays

We understand that not everyone aligns with the same calendar; we offer the flexibility to take your local country's bank holiday allowance for other religious or cultural days.

e.g. switch UK Easter Bank Holidays Days for Eid celebrations

❄️ Office Reset

All employees can also enjoy the days between Boxing Day and New Year off, to reset and refresh for the new year - this is additional to your annual leave 🙂

🏖 Sabbatical

After three years there is an opportunity to take a 1-month unpaid sabbatical, and after five years there is an opportunity to take a 1-month paid sabbatical

💛 Personal Days

Life happens and we want you to be able to use your annual leave for resting, relaxing or taking time out to do something you love!

We offer 1 additional day a year for life events (your wedding, relocation, moving house, or a child starting school).

🍏 Health & Wellbeing

We want everyone to feel healthy and happy, so you get the choice of a wellbeing subsidy or private medical insurance via Vitality.

💭 Mental Health

All employees also get access to a free counselling support service via Spill

💸 Financial Wellbeing

Track your financial goals and receive financial advice all via Mintago

🚲 Cycle to Work Scheme

We're committed to building a sustainable business, so we encourage cycling to work. Perlego will buy your bike of choice, which you'll pay back over 12 months.

🎉 Social

We're a tight-knit bunch who enjoy our time to play. We have regular social events and activities for everyone - everything from white water rafting to board game nights.

🍼 Family time

We believe family is really important; we offer new parents a competitive matched parental leave as well as a phased return to work from extended leave.

👼 Workplace Nursery Benefit

We want to support working parents and carers, so we offer a workplace nursery benefit scheme, helping our employees potentially save thousands of £££ against the cost of nurseries each year.

👋 Belonging at Perlego:

🌈 We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity of thought and background.

❤️ We are actively building a diverse team, so we strongly encourage applications from people of colour, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, neurodivergent people, parents, carers, and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

📣 To enable an equitable experience for all and give you the best chance of success, if you have any specific requirements for any stage of the interview process, please let us know by emailing


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