Product Manager or Sr Product Manager, RNA Library Prep

Watchmaker Genomics

Watchmaker Genomics

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Position: Product Manager or Sr Product Manager, RNA Library Prep

Department: Marketing

Position Type: Full time

Location: Boulder, CO (preferred) or remote

Experience: Product Manager: BS and 8-10 years of experience or MS and 6+ years of relevant industry experience. Open to the title of Senior Product Manager with additional experience.

Watchmaker is inviting applications for the full-time position of Product Manager (open to Senior Product Manager) to support our RNA Library Prep portfolio.

This position reports to the Senior Product Manager, and will be responsible for ensuring continuous business success through new product development, expansion of the application scope, and proactive life cycle management with respect to our expanding RNA Library Prep (LP) portfolio. The ideal candidate will also have a firm understanding of molecular biology, next-generation sequencing and advanced genomics applications.

The successful candidate will thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced working environment and contribute directly to our company culture and success. The position provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience in both product development and cross-functional management to complement a strong technical background.


  • Serve as the RNA LP portfolio expert and champion within the organization, with the ability to flex between the RNA, DNA and accessory portfolios as needed, including owning and growing parts of the portfolio, in collaboration with the commercial team.
  • Synthesize market, customer, and sales feedback/intel to define customer and product requirements with associated prioritization.
  • Partner with sales to engage with key customers and cultivate collaborations to drive innovative product solutions, penetrate key application areas and support broader product adoption
  • Responsible for creation of marketing collateral, campaign elements, and sales tools (in partnership with our marketing operations team) to convey the value proposition to target markets, support the sales process and the organization’s conference strategy.
  • Manage all marketing facets of product commercialization and lifecycle management, inclusive of but not limited to market assessments, global pricing strategies, documentation, sales training, and demand planning
  • Manage cross-functional collaborations (R&D, Support, Sales, Quality, and Operations) to ensure successful implementation of product requirements and drive new product development to commercial launch.
  • Support the execution of a multi-year product strategy and roadmap (in collaboration with R&D, commercial and leadership teams) for both new and on market product offerings for relevant application areas that include opportunity assessment, positioning strategy, financial analysis, and tactical plans to support successful product adoption.
  • Support on-market product care and be a champion for product care initiatives required to meet/exceed customer’s forecast and requirements
  • Create and maintain competitive assessments, market trends, and product performance
  • Present to senior leadership in regular business reviews and marketing updates

Education and Experience

  • MSc degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or an associated scientific field required
  • Minimum of 6 years industry relevant experience, R&D experience considered a plus
  • Product Management experience required and customer-facing roles considered a plus
  • Experience being part of new product development core team or project required

Skills and Requirements

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Results oriented, with the ability to multitask, work at a high standard, perform consistently under pressure along with pre-determined deadlines, and work without supervision.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, high pressure, and dynamic environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work as an effective member of a team.
  • Excellent communication and personal task management skills and a high level of self-motivation and initiative.
  • Proven ability to influence & gain consensus in cross-functional teams, and to work effectively with customers, development, and sales teams
  • The ability to innovate in ways to make complex offerings available through simple and controlled processes that meet established quality standards
  • Experience in presenting technical information to groups with various scientific backgrounds
  • Creative and critical thinking skills to anticipate customer needs and proactively solve problems
  • Track record of success defining and launching products
  • Experience in documenting customer/product requirements in a quality management system
  • Experience with standard molecular biology techniques such as PCR/qPCR and next-generation sequencing
  • This position requires approximately 20% travel (domestic and international)


The base compensation for the Product Manager, RNA LP role starts at $100,000 - $120,000 + bonus + equity; actual pay will be adjusted based on skills and experience. Employees are eligible for Flexible Time Off, Holidays, employer covers 75% of base medical plan with buy-up options, employer paid dental, employer paid vision, employer paid $25,000 life/AD&D policy, paid parental leave, and a 401(k) retirement plan.

Application Procedure

To apply for the position, please submit the following in a PDF format on

  • Letter of motivation
  • Resume or Curriculum vitae, highlighting relevant qualifications and experience

Applications without a Letter of Motivation will not be considered. Local candidates preferred.

If selected to participate in the interview process, the names and contact information of three professional references who are able to assess your suitability for the position in terms of the specified requirements will be requested.



Watchmaker Genomics is committed to being an equal opportunity employer and creating a culturally diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, or veteran status or any other characteristics as protected by applicable law.

All applicants will be asked if currently eligible to work in the United States of America; and if now or in the future will require visa sponsorship to continue working in the United States.

This position may be subject to pre-employment checks, including driving history check, drug screening and a background check for any convictions directly related to its duties and responsibilities. All pre-employment checks will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.