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Lead Product Manager

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Lead Product Manager

Overview:

37.5 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Hybrid working with an office based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

We are working with one of the fastest-growing insurance companies you’ve probably never heard of. They are proud of their warm and inclusive culture. With building a diverse community, with a unique blend of strengths, the key to taking their business to the next level.

Our Client is looking for an experienced Product Manager to work closely with the Head of IT UK to build an excellent product function, coaching new and existing colleagues in Product Management best practice. You'll work with their Product Owners across the business to advise what is technically possible for their product vision. You'll also have a firm grasp on value tracking, ensuring development achieves the predicted Return on Investment 

Responsibilities:

  • Working with Head of IT UK you will implement a robust product management capability - including, but not limited to: the hiring and line management of skilled product managers, roadmap creation defining and implementing project and release management controls

  • You should be able to establish a shared vision, set realistic goals, and describe the benefits your products should deliver

  • You will ensure business goals are formulated and prioritised business with relevant stakeholders

  • You will be responsible for creating the framework to be used when defining product goals and metrics as a product function, creation of Performance Framework(s)

  • Lead the product team and ensure the products your team are responsible for are developed to an appropriate level of quality taking into consideration expected lifetime, investment and timeframes

  • Define Service standards and ensure the team has adopted them

  • Actively support and coach the team in Product Management, Agile and Lean best practices

You will achieve these by:

  • Building an effective team and product capability

  • Understanding product architecture and specification

  • Working collaboratively with not only the business but the development teams to ensure products meet the specification

  • Demonstrating expert knowledge of Jira

Essential:

  • Demonstrable experience as head of product, senior/lead product manager, or strong product owner experience demonstrating expertise in product backlog management, prioritisation, demos, user story creation and feature/epic definition

  • Experience of developing and communicating product roadmaps for multiple products

  • Expertise in creating, prioritising and managing product backlogs (new features and technical debt reduction)

  • Experience of general insurance, an understanding of regulatory requirements

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to lead teams, focus on our customers or engage with the business

Desirable:

  • Excellent working knowledge of Atlassian JIRA and Confluence software

  • Experience of products within the guidewire suite would be preferrable but not essential

  • Degree in computer science or similar

  • Professional Scrum Product Owner II / III qualification or Agile PM / Scaled Agile qualifications

Benefits:

  • Healthcare cash plan offers money back on everyday health-related expenses

  • Bonus scheme 

  • Employee Assistance programme

  • Buy/Sell up to 5 days holiday

  • Free driving lessons

  • Flu Jab Voucher is offered during the flu season to protect against the unpredictable flu virus

  • Virtual GP online service with appointments available 365 days of the year

  • Pension Advisory Service non-advised surgeries to support in the planning of retirement

  • Enhanced Family friendly policy

  • Safe driving scheme offers access to online learning and driving lessons for colleagues and spouses and dependents

  • Season ticket loan

  • Cycle scheme - choose a bike, hire it for an agreed time then snap it up for a fraction of the cost

If this sounds interesting and you think you have what it takes to be a Lead Product Manager, Click ‘APPLY’ and one of the team will be on touch.

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