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Project Manager /Product Owner

About Research Square

Research Square Company, a five-time INC 5000 award winner, exists to make research communication faster, fairer, and more useful. Through our industry leading preprint platform, Research Square, research promotion tools, and AJE’s comprehensive suite of manuscript preparation services, we are proud to have supported over 2.5 million authors in 192 countries since our founding in 2004. Across all sides of our business, our team of former researchers and publishing industry professionals truly understand the importance of sharing research results with the world. By helping researchers communicate their work more effectively, we accelerate the pace of global discovery and advancement.

What we will expect from you once you’re here

The Project Manager (PM)/Product Owner (PO) sets the benchmark for culture and performance leadership. The PM/PO is an exemplary model of RS culture and demonstrates the ability to hold team members across the organization accountable to project deliverables. The PM/PO possesses a deep understanding of the project management industry and will acquire an exceptional degree of institutional knowledge in project management and operations management at Research Square Company. The PM/PO uses his/her unique expertise to define and scope projects, assign, and manage resources around key deliverables, and coordinate across RSC Operations to achieve company goals. She/he helps to identify and develop talent within Research Square Operations. 

Experience you will need


  • Collaborates with leaders and stakeholders across the business to scope projects that are dependent on operations involvement, define project dependencies, and assign milestones to achieve deliverables on time. Projects include dependencies for operations, product development, product experimentation, private label services, marketing initiatives, and company and individual quarterly rocks.
  • Prioritizes the Delivery engineering backlog by working with stakeholders to plan task order according to priority and effectively communicates priorities, timelines, and dependencies.
  • Facilitates task planning, project retrospectives, and various project scoping and planning meetings. 
  • Keeps engineering and project roadmaps updated with evolving priorities and resource needs.
  • Partners with leaders as needed to apply project management and operations management expertise to service-specific priorities such as operational project investment tracking.
  • Uses high degree of autonomy and exceptional communication skills to coordinate people and costs around project deliverables and keep key stakeholders updated on project status.
  • Seeks new educational resources on project management best practices and teaches others at RS through active participation in the PM CoP and mentor for others managing projects at RS.
  • Leads team and Operations-wide initiatives to improve Research Square.

What you will

  • User-friendly project plans outlining individual responsibilities, dependencies, and milestones.
  • On-time projects to planned specifications.
  • Knowledge on project management from outside of RS through interactions with professional organizations, training, and independent research.
  • Demonstrated impact to improve core operational metrics.
  • Prioritized backlog containing well-scoped tasks with clearly defined acceptance criteria and points of contact.
  • Monthly Delivery engineering velocity and project cost breakdown reports.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and/or relevant experience. 
  • Has or is pursuing advanced training and/or certification in project management, PMP preferred.


  • 2 years of experience as a Project management, project coordination or business analysis preferred
  • Understanding of formal project management methodologies
  • High frequency of communication with stakeholders
  • Prompt response time and high availability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills

Working Arrangements

  • Relocation is not required as this position can be remote based. 
  • This is a US based role, all work to performed in the US. 

Working at Research Square Company

Our team embraces and fuels change, fights for simplicity, invests in customers’ success, and applies a data-driven approach to continuously improve and magnify our impact. We have developed tools and services that have been adopted by major international publishers to improve the publishing experience for their authors.

We are a high-growth, family-friendly, and mission-driven company that regularly wins awards for our workplace culture, pace of growth, and innovations. Our organization is casual and flexible while also being stimulating and dynamic. We have a results-focused work environment.

Workplace Recognition

  • Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility (2011, 2012)
  • When Work Works Award (2014, 2016, 2017)
  • NC Parenting Magazine’s Family Friendly 50 (2013, 2014)
  • Triangle Business Journal's Best Places to Work (2017, 2019, 2020)
  • NCBC Breastfeeding-Friendly Employer Award (2017)
  • Family Forward NC Featured Business (2019)

Research Square Company’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity in all its employment practices without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, marital status, protected veteran status, military status, age, individuals with disabilities, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression or any other legally protected category. Applicants for US-based positions with Research Square must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required as a condition of hire.

Research Square supports individuals with disabilities and provides reasonable accommodations to job applicants. If you need assistance completing our online job application, email General inquiries, such as those regarding the status of a job application, will not receive a reply.

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