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Portfolio Product Assistant

🇺🇸 Boston, MA

🕑 Full-Time

💰 $16 - $26 per Hour

💻 Product Development

🗓️ March 27th, 2024

CRM Product
We believe in the power and joy of learning

At Cengage Group, our employees have a direct impact in helping students around the world discover the power and joy of learning. We are bonded by our shared purpose – driving innovation that helps millions of learners improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education.  

Our culture values diversity, engagement, and discovery

Our business is driven by our strong culture, and we know that creating an inclusive and diverse workplace is absolutely essential to the success of our company and our learners, as well as our individual well-being. We recognize the value of diverse perspectives in everything we do, and strive to ensure employees of all levels and backgrounds feel empowered to voice their ideas and bring their authentic selves to work. We achieve these priorities through inclusive programs, benefits, and initiatives that are integrated into the fabric of how we work every day. To learn more, please see https://www.cengagegroup.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity/.  

Are you excited by the thought of involvement in every functional area of our organization by providing direct, day-to-day support to product teams within your subject area? In the Product Assistant role, you will provide a wide variety of services to Product Manager(s) to optimize the performance of the product management and development effort and, thereby, help achieve the group’s business goals. In addition to supporting the Product Teams, you will apprentice on projects in several different areas including: Product Development, Product Management, Market Seeding, and Project Management throughout your time in this position.  

What you'll do here:

Administrative tasks

  • Provide general administrative support. The assistant will support the Product Team by performing basic administrative tasks, including handling the reviewing process, processing invoices, crafting basic P&L proposals, providing overall product and customer database maintenance, providing budget tracking information, and processing contract and reprint requests.
  • Prepare documents needed for meetings across the assigned product teams including Strategy Meetings, Production Launches, and digital road-mapping.
  • Use our CRM to verify instructor information, product information, request materials, and to find users of products!  

Market Analysis

  • Collect and analyze internal and external sales data to be used by Product Managers in strategic decision-making.
  • Maintain competitive grids by market for key titles/features/assets.
  • Help in the design, execution, and analysis of market research, and identify potential ideas for improvement!
  • Develop additional market understanding through phone interviews with faculty, occasional campus travel, and web-based or face-to-face student and faculty focus groups.  

Marketing and Sales Support

  • Provide sales and marketing team members with priority information upon request.
  • Review product marketing pages for accuracy
  • Travel to campus with sales and/or marketing; potential to partner with specific inside Learning Consultants on targeted “inside” adoptions as face-to-face resource.  

Product Development

  • Develops select “B” and “C” level titles and/or “A” level ancillaries and deliver them to the production editor in a form ready for publication within timing and budgetary guidelines.
  • Facilitate Design Sprints by performing such tasks as creation of prototype for iterative product development process.   

Skills You Will Need Here:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • Proficiency in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, and databases
  • A background in written and numerical accuracy
  • Strong orientation to detail work and follow-through
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Work optimally and efficiently in a dynamic, collaborative environment.
  • Communicate in all mediums without hesitation.  


  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and follow a project through to conclusion autonomously.
  • Analytic problem-solving background, experience using spreadsheets to interpret data.
  • Basic customer-facing or sales experience
  • Strong networking skills  

Cengage Group is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, parental status, cultural background, organizational level, work styles, tenure and life experiences. Or for any other reason. You may view Cengage’s EEO/Affirmative Action Policy signed by CEO Michael Hansen and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notice by visiting their corresponding links.  

Cengage Group is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at accommodations.ta@cengage.com or you may call us at +1 (617) 289-7917.   

About Cengage Group

Cengage Group, a global education technology company serving millions of learners, provides affordable, quality digital products and services that equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be job ready. For more than 100 years, we have enabled the power and joy of learning with trusted, engaging content, and now, integrated digital platforms. We serve the higher education, workforce skills, secondary education, English language teaching and research markets worldwide. Through our scalable technology, including MindTap and Cengage Unlimited, we support all learners who seek to improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education.


At Cengage Group, we take great pride in our commitment to providing a comprehensive and rewarding Total Rewards package designed to support and empower our employees. Click here to learn more about our Total Rewards Philosophy.

The full base pay range has been provided for this position. Individual base pay will vary based on work schedule, qualifications, experience, internal equity, and geographic location.  Sales roles often incorporate a significant incentive compensation program beyond this base pay range.

$16.25 - $25.75 USD