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Product Manager

Take responsibility for guiding and directing the development of a product within a cross-functional team.

What's it like to be a Product Manager?

A Product Manager is responsible for the guidance and development of a product, usually within an organisational setting. They are also responsible for leading the cross-functional team that is tasked with developing the product.

Product Manager

Tasks and duties

  • Researching customer needs.
  • Talking to business stakeholders to understand key drivers for the product.
  • Conducting competitor and market analysis.
  • Articulating the vision of the product and creating a product roadmap.
  • Sharing the vision with and motivating the broader cross-functional team.
  • Managing the cross-functional team to ensure the product is customer-centric while meeting business needs.
  • Making sure the product is being developed on time and to budget.
  • Liaising across the business to ensure the product’s vision and development are achievable and has broad buy-in across the organisation.
  • Managing the feature list during product development.
  • Managing the product during its lifecycle, ensuring the product is performing at its peak capability through enhancements and fixes.
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Product Managers usually take on the role of the “voice of the customer” throughout the development cycle. They champion features and changes that research, strategic analysis and user testing show would meet customer needs.

What can I earn as a Product Manager?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Product Manager is between $100k and $120k
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How to become a Product Manager


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Formal qualifications are not essential to become a Product Manager but may be viewed favourably by employers.

  1. A qualification in a related discipline may be an advantage, such as IT, computer science, marketing, or business.
  2. Complete a Product Management course at General Assembly or similar training provider. You can complete the course over 10 weeks part-time, or in a 1-week accelerated bootcamp. The course can be completed in-person or online.
  3. Find meetups, conferences and mixers to attend to network with people interested in meeting product management professionals, which may present you with opportunities for employment or professional development.

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How do Product Managers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 44 Product Managers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
4.0
Job security
4.2
Pay / Salary
4.0
Variety of work
4.1

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Oct 2018
Product managing can be rewarding with a good company, beware of smaller, stagnant companies where the role can be mundane.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Marketing
The good things
The good thing about being a product manager is the breadth of take and different things you’re exposed to. I personally can get bored easily if stuck in the same routine day in day out, so having man...
The challenges
Being a graduate when I started, and diving in the deep end with a smaller organisation, there was little support and high expectations. This included putting in a lot of overtime to get the workload ...
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Oct 2018
Product Manager- Oncology, important work for the progress of improving health outcomes
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Marketing
The good things
The intrinsic satisfaction in knowing your work output is driving value for your customers, improving the quality of healthcare for patients and providing hope for patients and their families
The challenges
Time management, the job tasks and outcomes are rewarding but as with all organisations today, resources are scarce. Being able to appropriately prioritise responsibilities to drive best outcomes for ...
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Working hours for Product Managers

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Weekends
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Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Product Managers?

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National increase over next 5 years *
10.3%
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