What is a product manager?
Developing a product, whether it’s before conceptualization or during the building phase, requires the services of a capable product manager who can identify and implement processes, specifications, and requirements. Identifying a product manager on Upwork allows you to secure someone with the exact skill set your product requires.
How do you hire a product manager?
You can source product managers on Upwork by following these three steps:
- Write a project description. You’ll want to determine your scope of work and the skills and requirements you are looking for in a product manager.
- Post it on Upwork. Once you’ve written a project description, post it to Upwork. Simply follow the prompts to help you input the information you collected to scope out your project.
- Shortlist and interview product managers. Once the proposals start coming in, create a shortlist of the professionals you want to interview.
Of these three steps, your project description is where you will determine your scope of work and the specific type of product manager you need to complete your project.
How much does it cost to hire a product manager?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.
- An experienced product manager may command higher fees but also work faster, have more-specialized areas of expertise, and deliver higher-quality work.
- A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their product manager services more competitively.
Rates typically charged by product managers on Upwork are:
- Beginner: $25 per hour
- Intermediate: $35 per hour
- Advanced: $45 per hour
Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.
How do you write a product manager job post?
Your job post is your chance to describe your project scope, budget, and talent needs. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
Job post title
Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample product manager job post titles:
- Product manager to own the development and launch of company’s new solution
- Looking for an engineering product manager to oversee product launch staff
- Need help with building and selling a new product my team designed
An effective product manager job post should include:
- Scope of work: From product research to market analysis, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries, software, or skills, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
Product manager job responsibilities
Here are some examples of product manager job responsibilities:
- Own end-user product research and partner with other research analysts
- Use customer insights to build product vision, strategy, and roadmap
- Run all beta testing and pilot programs with early-stage products
Product manager job requirements and qualifications
Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in a product manager. Here are some examples:
- Bachelor's degree in computer science or engineering or equivalent experience
- Strong programming background with proven communications skills
- Proven track record of developing strong team relationships, especially with senior executives