The Executive Product Manager ensures that the BBC creates the most compelling products possible within a given field, sector or technology.
Creating insight to drive BBC priorities and performance is critical – an EPM looks to user research, analytics data, market research, competitors and their own product instincts to help the BBC make the best digital products possible.
• Define and develop product strategy for a portfolio of related products, or very large product with wide-ranging scope and features - based on the strategic vision for the division and wider BBC objectives
• Use analytics and audience research to uncover and investigate user behaviour; to establish insight into product performance and to use this data to drive ideas, features and product improvements.
• Monitor, summarise and report analytics and feedback from the user base or audience to measure performance of the product
• Continuous improvement of the product, identifying and prioritising enhancements, communicating them to the business as required
• Work with the stakeholders, key members of technical staff and within governance groups to understand business needs and drivers and confirm objectives and priorities
• Lead requirements gathering sessions with stakeholders and manage change in relation to specified requirements, looking to uncover deeper, strategic needs and opportunities
• Build and maintain a product roadmap and backlog consistent with the BBC's wider digital strategy and product portfolio
• As a product moves from discovery to definition, work with engineering teams to create an appropriate execution strategy.
• Product managers play a key role in leading Agile delivery teams, working with Project Managers, Engineering and User Experience leads to deliver products to deadlines
• During build, optimise the product for the needs of the business, bringing together user experience, business and technology.
• Develop relationships with pan-BBC and external stakeholders, delivery partners and suppliers as well as with peer to peer and more senior internal stakeholders
• Propose, agree and work within product budget. Develop and maintain business case in support of product(s)
• Own contracts with vendors, negotiate and influence to hold them accountable to the terms of the agreement
Are you the right candidate?
• Expert understanding and ability to apply industry knowledge, market awareness, audience research and analytical insights to product strategy and planning
• Ability to make decisions based on research, usage data, or predictions of either
• Understands and prioritises the needs of the product’s users either audience members or production teams
• Excellent product development skills and product life-cycle management including an understanding of Agile methodology
Ability to plan and forecast product budget and deliver within that budget
• Good understanding of the relevant technologies and practices (e.g. client and server-side technologies, new media technologies and platforms, project management (especially Scrum) and software engineering processes and practices.
• Experience managing commercial and contractual relationships with third party suppliers and partners
• Experience of end to end product delivery
• Significant experience working within new media, software development, broadcast, or related media sectors, delivering digital media roadmaps
• Working knowledge of BBC output; editorial, compliance and regulatory issues for the BBC
• Reports to the Head of Product
• Lead on major change initiatives across the Product set, beyond their own product area, to ensure best outcomes for department
• Lead, shape and continuously improve product development process across their team and the wider department
• Responsible for a portfolio of related products, or very large product with wide-ranging scope and features
• Deputises for Head of Product as required to represent the strategy and requirements of the overall product set with senior stakeholders internal and external to the BBC
• Makes decision relating to end to end product delivery
• Can lead Business Development and Legal teams to evolve strategic approach to product’s position in market
Large number of, diverse stakeholders stretching pan BBC
• Influencing very senior level stakeholders with high influence and editorial control.
• Required to negotiate with and manage 3rd party suppliers
• Large reputational risk externally with potential for long term impact
• Required to communicate novel and complex ideas and/or information to internal and external customers and suppliers
Finance: accountable for product delivery within budget where there is a high degree of flexibility in their use and may contribute to the setting of those budgets. Post holder has the authority to procure additional resources when required
• Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious software engineers to seek new challenges and work on many different and varied products.
• Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
• A vibrant digital community – we have a strong focus on continuous improvement and engineering excellence. We host regular talks from internal and external speakers, and provide generous opportunities to attend industry events and conferences.
• A variety of technical challenges – we work across a wide range of platforms, languages and technologies; from the latest frameworks and open standards, to the newest devices and modern cloud platforms.
• Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35 hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
About the BBC
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