Junior Product Manager

If you are looking for a Junior Product Manager job role or would like to find out how to become a Junior Product Manager, what skills you need, and what salaries are on offer, you will find a complete guide below. Junior Product Manager roles can also be called Junior Product Owners or Product Owners. This level of role may also be named Associate Product Manager or Assistant Product Manager.

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We place Junior Product Owner candidates within London based companies each year. With the rise of flexible working over the last 2 years, we are extending our recruitment services to candidates across the UK, Europe and North America.

Salary

In today’s market, a salary of up to £50,000 would be expected at Junior Product Owner level. Traditionally, those Junior Product Managers working within London could expect a salary at the higher end of this scale, but with the rise in demand from candidates for flexible working, employers are tending to level out this playing field.

If an employer requires a Junior Product Manager with specific niche experience and knowledge, the candidate will often be able to negotiate a salary at the higher end of this scale.

Other factors that could affect the salary of a Associate Product Manager or Assistant Product Manager role are:

  • The size of the employer
  • The growth objectives of the employer
  • The business sector
  • The employers people budget and financial security
  • The overall benefits package. Employers can enhance the salary through equity, pensions, and other benefits

Read our guide to
Product salaries

Example Job Description

A typical Junior Product Manager job description will read something like the below:

Main responsibilities

  • Work with the Product Lead and internal stakeholders to identify product improvements
  • Prioritise and manage timelines of product improvements against business objectives
  • Focus on delivery of milestones to deadlines, liaising and collaborating with teams when necessary
  • Report on KPIs

Required skills & experience:

  • 2+ year in a product role covering mobile and web development
  • Proven experience working in an agile team and managing all aspects of a successful product throughout its lifecycle
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong commercial skills
  • Use of JIRA as a management tool
  • Experience using Adobe Analytics and DTM

Junior Product Owner skills

Customer First Approach

Evidence of combining product experience and knowledge with market insight to deliver a product roadmap that has met and exceeded the actual needs of customers – rather than the perceived needs.

Agile Working

Defined as ‘bringing people, processes, connectivity and technology, time and place together to find the most appropriate and effective way of working to carry out a particular task. It is working within guidelines (of the task) but without boundaries (of how you achieve it).’This is an important team management skill, creating the right environment for success.

Problem Solving

The ability to foresee pain points and roadblocks within the product roadmap and creating a plan to overcome these in a timely and cost-effective way.

Coaching

Evidence of taking teams on a journey, from understanding the business vision and buying into the product direction completely. Businesses will want to see candidates who have showcased influencing skills and can give proven examples of coaching teams towards success.

Lifecycle Experience

Becoming increasingly popular is the requirement for candidates to have ‘full stack’ experience and taking products through the whole product lifecycle, from research and development to maturity.

FAQs

What is a Junior Product Manager?
A Junior Product Manager is an entry level position within Product Management. This role is responsible for delivering improvements to products and managing timelines for individual tasks, working cross functionality to ensure this happens smoothly. Often Junior Product Managers will also be responsible for reporting of KPIs, providing product support and for developing existing products.