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Working As A Senior Manager, Product Management

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $139,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Manager, Product Management Do

Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers plan programs to generate interest in products or services. They work with art directors, sales agents, and financial staff members.

Duties

Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers typically do the following:

  • Work with department heads or staff to discuss topics such as budgets and contracts, marketing plans, and the selection of advertising media
  • Plan promotional campaigns such as contests, coupons, or giveaways
  • Plan advertising campaigns, including which media to advertise in, such as radio, television, print, online media, and billboards
  • Negotiate advertising contracts
  • Evaluate the look and feel of websites used in campaigns or layouts, which are sketches or plans for an advertisement
  • Initiate market research studies and analyze their findings to understand customer and market opportunities for businesses
  • Develop pricing strategies for products or services marketed to the target customers of a firm
  • Meet with clients to provide marketing or technical advice
  • Direct the hiring of advertising, promotions, and marketing staff and oversee their daily activities

Advertising managers create interest among potential buyers of a product or service. They do this for a department, for an entire organization, or on a project basis (referred to as an account). Advertising managers work in advertising agencies that put together advertising campaigns for clients, in media firms that sell advertising space or time, and in organizations that advertise heavily.

Advertising managers work with sales staff and others to generate ideas for an advertising campaign. They oversee the staff that develops the advertising. They work with the finance department to prepare a budget and cost estimates for the campaign.

Often, advertising managers serve as liaisons between the client and the advertising or promotion agency that develops and places the ads. In larger organizations with extensive advertising departments, different advertising managers may oversee in-house accounts and creative and media services departments.

In addition, some advertising managers specialize in a particular field or type of advertising. For example, media directors determine the way in which an advertising campaign reaches customers. They can use any or all of various media, including radio, television, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, and outdoor signs. 

Advertising managers known as account executives manage clients’ accounts, but they are not responsible for developing or supervising the creation or presentation of advertising. That task becomes the work of the creative services department.

Promotions managers direct programs that combine advertising with purchasing incentives to increase sales. Often, the programs use direct mail, inserts in newspapers, Internet advertisements, in-store displays, product endorsements, or special events to target customers. Purchasing incentives may include discounts, samples, gifts, rebates, coupons, sweepstakes, or contests.

Marketing managers estimate the demand for products and services that an organization and its competitors offer. They identify potential markets for the organization’s products.

Marketing managers also develop pricing strategies to help organizations maximize their profits and market share while ensuring that the organizations’ customers are satisfied. They work with sales, public relations, and product development staff.

For example, a marketing manager may monitor trends that indicate the need for a new product or service. Then he or she oversees the development of that product or service. For more information on sales or public relations, see the profiles on sales managers, public relations and fundraising managers, public relations specialists, and market research analysts.

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How To Become A Senior Manager, Product Management

A bachelor’s degree is required for most advertising, promotions, and marketing management positions. These managers typically have work experience in advertising, marketing, promotions, or sales.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is required for most advertising, promotions, and marketing management positions. For advertising management positions, some employers prefer a bachelor’s degree in advertising or journalism. A relevant course of study might include classes in marketing, consumer behavior, market research, sales, communication methods and technology, visual arts, art history, and photography.

Most marketing managers need a bachelor’s degree. Courses in business law, management, economics, finance, computer science, mathematics, and statistics are advantageous. For example, courses in computer science are helpful in developing an approach to maximize online traffic, by utilizing online search results, because maximizing such traffic is critical for digital advertisements and promotions. In addition, completing an internship while in school can be useful.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Advertising, promotional, and marketing managers typically have work experience in advertising, marketing, promotions, or sales. For example, many managers are former sales representatives; buyers or purchasing agents; or public relations specialists.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must be able to analyze industry trends to determine the most promising strategies for their organization. 

Communication skills. Managers must be able to communicate effectively with a broad-based team made up of other managers or staff members during the advertising, promotions, and marketing process. They must also be able to communicate persuasively with the public.

Creativity. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must be able to generate new and imaginative ideas.

Decisionmaking skills. Managers often must choose between competing advertising and marketing strategies put forward by staff.

Interpersonal skills. These managers must deal with a range of people in different roles, both inside and outside the organization.

Organizational skills. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must manage their time and budget efficiently while directing and motivating staff members.

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Average Length of Employment
Product Director 3.4 years
Product Manager 3.3 years
Product Lead 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Senior Manager, Product Management
Consultant 4.0%
Manager 3.8%
Director 2.2%
Top Careers After Senior Manager, Product Management
Director 3.5%
Consultant 3.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$139,000
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$107,000
Min 10%
$139,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Median 50%
$180,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Walmart
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Senior Manager, Product Management make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Manager, Product Management in the United States is $139,367 per year or $67 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $107,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $180,000.

Real Senior Manager, Product Management Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager, Product Management Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 09, 2016 $188,977
SR. Manager, Product Management, End-To-End Solutions Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 18, 2016 $185,000
Senior Manager, Product Management A2Z Development Center, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 26, 2015 $173,826 -
$183,000
SR. Manager, Product Management Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Oct 28, 2016 $170,775
Senior Manager, Service Product Management Beckman Coulter, Inc. Brea, CA May 18, 2016 $166,608
Senior Manager, Product Management Illumina, Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 15, 2013 $160,493 -
$203,300
Senior Manager, Product Management Illumina, Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 03, 2013 $160,493 -
$203,300
Senior Manager, Product Management A2Z Development Center, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 26, 2012 $157,300
Senior Manager, Product Management Home Depot USA, Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 14, 2016 $156,518
Product Management Senior Manager Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 11, 2015 $156,000
SR. Manager, Product Management Western Union, LLC San Francisco, CA Apr 06, 2015 $155,000
Senior Manager, Product Management Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Dec 18, 2015 $155,000
Senior Manager, QA and Release Management Insurance Products Callidus Software Inc. Dublin, CA Jan 29, 2016 $148,866 -
$155,000
SR. Strategic Communications Manager/Product Manag Allergan Sales, LLC Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2014 $147,805
SR. Strategic Communications Manager/Product Manag Allergan USA, Inc. Irvine, CA Jun 23, 2014 $147,805
Product Management Senior Manager Salesforce.com Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 04, 2016 $145,725
Senior Product Manager, CRM Fanatics Retail Group Fulfillment, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 05, 2016 $145,000
SR. Manager, Product Management IXIA Calabasas, CA Jun 17, 2013 $142,000 -
$156,845
Senior Manager, Product Management Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Apr 30, 2015 $141,900
Senior Manager, Product Management Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Sep 04, 2010 $131,622 -
$179,200
SR. Manager, Product Support CRM Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA Oct 02, 2010 $131,123 -
$179,600
Senior Manager, Product Management Resmed Corp. San Diego, CA Dec 19, 2016 $130,141
Product Management Accounting & Reporting Senior Manager Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Sep 07, 2015 $130,000
Senior Manager, Product Management Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Jul 31, 2014 $127,800
SR. Manager, Product Strategy & Management American Express TRS, Company Inc. New York, NY Apr 18, 2011 $125,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Manager, Product Management

  1. New Product Development
  2. Product Management
  3. Product Strategy
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  • Managed staff of new product development managers
  • Initiated development of an application engineering team to free product management to focus on development and growth opportunities.
  • Represented MCI's product strategy and regulatory positioning across all Regional Bell Operating Company territories.
  • Evaluated existing innovation strategy, assessed product portfolio including software, hardware and other technologies.
  • Determined effective product merchandising platforms, and developed customer programs using needs identification and solution-based sales techniques.

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  2. Washington
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  4. Virginia
  5. New Jersey
  6. California
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Delaware
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Senior Manager, Product Management Demographics

Gender

Male

67.3%

Female

25.2%

Unknown

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

53.2%

Asian

19.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

9.1%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.2%

French

19.0%

German

14.3%

Mandarin

9.5%

Japanese

4.8%

Carrier

4.8%

Korean

4.8%

Portuguese

2.4%

Chinese

2.4%

Filipino

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Italian

2.4%
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Senior Manager, Product Management Education

Schools

Santa Clara University

11.2%

University of Phoenix

8.6%

University of Chicago

7.1%

Carnegie Mellon University

6.6%

University of Southern California

5.6%

Northwestern University

5.6%

University of California - Berkeley

5.1%

Columbia University

5.1%

New York University

4.6%

Stanford University

4.6%

Southern Methodist University

4.1%

Duke University

4.1%

Babson College

4.1%

University of Washington

3.6%

University of Pennsylvania

3.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

Boston University

3.0%

DePaul University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

35.1%

Marketing

12.0%

Finance

10.2%

Computer Science

6.7%

Management

6.4%

Electrical Engineering

5.5%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Project Management

2.3%

Economics

2.1%

Accounting

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Communication

1.7%

Information Systems

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

English

1.4%

Industrial Engineering

1.4%

Small Business Management

1.4%

Engineering

1.4%

International Business

1.2%

Management Information Systems

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

54.4%

Bachelors

31.2%

Other

9.0%

Certificate

3.2%

Associate

1.1%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.1%
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