Job title: L&D Senior product portfolio manager
Salary: Up to £55,000 p.a.
Location: Swindon/Field-based
Contract Type:  Permanent


We are recruiting for a L&D Senior Product Portfolio Manager to join our Product and Standards team, in a permanent, full-time capacity.

About the role

The Senior Product Manager will work with the L&D senior leadership team to design, develop and grow Learning and Development with a differentiated product offering.

As a Senior Product Manager you will be responsible for the creative and collaborative process of growing a market-leading portfolio of products and expediating new product opportunities according to the latest trends and market demand. You will be expected to have the vision to generate novel ideas and new strategies to develop profitable product lines with high return on investment.

You will work in a customer centric environment with a team of product managers, instructional designers, assessment specialists and marketing professionals and will need a ‘can do’ attitude whilst always thinking ‘how could this be better?’. Your persuasive abilities and highly insightful and creative ideas will support your drive to penetrate and build the market for the products.

Key responsibilities:

  • Setting the product vision and defining the overall strategy from launch to scale.
  • Have a thorough understanding of new and existing markets, through regular research and engagement.
  • Understand the environment BCS Learning Development operates within including policies and regulations that impact on our development and delivery.
  • Determine product market demands, creating product requirement specifications and establish long term goals to develop the product strategy.
  • Build and own strategic partnerships and relationships with employers and relevant stakeholders to drive growth.
  • Maintain workable interaction with the market, clients, key stakeholders as well as team members.
  • Communicate product features and functions to cross functional teams at all levels clearly.
  • Be an active participant in the product development lifecycle.
  • Manage product lifecycle from planning to development and address the issues.
  • Work with product development team lead to ensure the availability of all required resource.
  • Work with product development team and cross functional teams to deliver and develop products that meets requirements, is do-able and sustainable.
  • Create and oversee the delivery of go to market support material and training.
  • Create promotion strategies with the marketing team to deliver the core features of the product and drive engagement and acquisition.
  • Being the public champion for the BCS Learning and Development solutions.
  • Establishing credibility throughout the customer and partner network.
  • Own and comply with government agenda, regulators, clients and the BCS quality policies and procedures.
  • Flexibility is required of all job holders to adjust responsibilities as required from time to time by their Line Manager/Divisional Director.
  • The content and reporting lines detailed in this job description may be reviewed and changed from time to time to reflect organisational requirements.
  • All staff will live BCS’ values and support our purpose.
  • Continually looking at ways to make improvements to systems, processes and procedures.

Who are we looking for?

Education and qualifications
  • Degree level or equivalent
    • Business
    • Marketing
    • Educational Psychology
    • UX
    • Business Analysis
  • Significant experience and a track record of success in Product Management, Marketing or Sales & Services;
  • Demonstrable experience of product delivery;
  • Demonstrable experience negotiating commercial and contractual terms successfully;
  • Demonstrable experience of assessing the viability of a business case and translating requirements definition and production into implementation;
  • Project management experience as a product owner;
  • Management within a matrix environment.
Competencies and skills
  • Outstanding research skills;
  • Excellent communication skills with an analytic approach;
  • Demonstrable ability to develop relationships with effective negotiation and persuasion skills;
  • Good command of MS Office;
  • Ability to adapt and learn new skills quickly and with ease;
  • Team player with excellent leadership skills.
  • Basic knowledge of Agile development methodologies;
  • Knowledge of learning and development or the building of career pathways;
  • General knowledge across a broad range of IT related areas.
Special conditions
  • Offsite visits to clients, partners and suppliers may be required.
  • Travel to other BCS offices will be required.
  • Worldwide travel may be required.
  • Some occasional out-of-hours working including weekends will be required.

BCS is dedicated to providing training and development to help all staff realise their potential, and also offer a generous benefit package.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT are committed to promoting equality at every opportunity as an employer. This statement and our policies are designed to ensure our recruitment and employment practices and procedures actively promote equality of opportunity and value diversity.

All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK upon application.

PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy may be removed before any listed closing date once a sufficient amount of applications have been received.

In the event that we receive a high number of applications for this vacancy, we may be unable to provide an individual response to every candidate, therefore if you haven’t heard back from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful on this occasion.

What BCS offers in return


Up to £55,000 per annum

Benefits and perks

From Day One (pre-probation)

  • 23 days holiday per year increasing to a maximum of 27 days with length of service.
  • A day off on or during the month of your birthday.
  • Up to 3 extra paid days off during shutdown between Christmas and New Year.
  • Free BCS membership giving you invaluable membership resources.
  • The Social Club – events and subsidised trips open to all employees.
  • Refer a Friend – If you ‘refer a friend’ for a role at BCS and they are successful, you would receive £750 after 6 months and further £750 after 12 months (conditions apply)
  • Life Insurance paid at four times base salary from day one.
  • Group Income Protection Insurance – an insurance which will pay a percentage of your salary for up to 3 years in the event of a long-term illness preventing you from working. This benefit is subject to a claim assessment and only payable if certain conditions are met.
  • BCS Stars – the internal recognition scheme based on the company values. Employees can be nominated across the business to earn points to spend on an online shopping platform.
  • EAP – Employee Assistance Programme (Counselling, financial and legal advice).

Post probation

  • Holiday buying scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • Health cash plan
How to apply

Please send your CV with a covering letter to