Assistant product managers work with the product manager to handle specific products within the organization. The main objective of an assistant product manager is to perform customer research, define customer problems, identify market opportunities, and complete market research activities. Assistant product managers may participate in the creation of product budgets and prepare budget documents for review by the product management team. Assistant product managers also develop and monitor key product metrics and perform quality and cost control reviews based on these metrics. Additionally, assistant product managers work with purchasing and supply chain representatives to ensure that products are profitable and cost effective.
Assistant product managers work with a wide variety of professionals, such as engineers, project managers, and purchasing and supply chain agents; they may also work directly with external clients. Assistant product managers generally report directly to the product manager or department head. Day-to-day responsibilities of an assistant product manager vary by industry, but they typically involve scheduling and managing product milestones, as well as assisting other product workers with their assignments and performing ongoing market research. Individuals in this position typically work full time in an office environment, with some travel potentially required.
A bachelor's degree in a related field is generally required, as is at least three to five years' experience in a related field. Excellent organizational and multitasking skills are also required, and these individuals generally must be proficient in basic computer software (such as the Microsoft Office suite). Prior scheduling and planning experience may be preferred.
Assistant Product Manager Tasks
Plan and execute marketing events.
Conduct sales support and training.
Analyze product line sales and profitability.
Deal with forecast preparation and tracking.