Job title: Junior product manager
Salary: Competitive
Working hours: 35hrs/week Monday - Friday
Location: Hybrid Swindon / Remote

 

About the role

Under the direction of the Product Manager, the Junior Product Manager supports the creative and collaborative process of building market-leading product portfolios to our customer base in a timely manner. working in a dynamic, customer centric environment, the Junior Product Manager will be expected to take ownership and responsibility in the creation of leading products and be prepared to work flexibly with a ‘can do’ attitude, always thinking ‘how could this be better?’.

A positive and genuinely passionate attitude to the task at hand with great communication skills are a must to ensure that all stakeholders have bought into the product strategy and have the required level of product knowledge to deliver an exceptional customer experience.

Key responsibilities

  • Act as product ambassador articulating the product vision clearly and accurately;
  • Understand markets, competition, and customer/user requirements to retain market competitiveness for existing products, identify opportunities, and help
    define product vision and strategy;
  • Research customer needs in a data-driven way and translate feedback into actionable insight ensuring product development continually improves;
  • Contribute to and lead meetings to help guide and manage the development process;
  • Work proactively across teams to get pre-requisites for development carried out;
  • Work closely with the development team to ensure the product brief is understood and actioned according to agreed process and procedure and budgetary constraints;
  • Work with SME’s with the generation of required information and documentation to support development and delivery;
  • Produce Marketing briefs and product content for Marketing, ensuring it is maintained;
  • Ensure compliance of regulatory requirements working closely with Quality Assurance, Product Development and Operations;
  • Prepare status reports including risk analysis and mitigation plans ensuring all risk is identified, analysed and mitigated throughout the entire product life cycle;
  • Communicate and record product decisions and the reasoning behind decision that have been made;
  • Understand the impact of product features and benefits, and how the exist with the overall portfolio, and measure performance to include both success or failure to ensure continued product improvement is realised;
  • Take part in the identification and relationship management with product service suppliers, looking for new opportunities that will help improve customers’ / users’ experience of the product;
  • 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
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent is desirable
    • Educational Psychology
    • Computer Science
    • Business
Experience
  • Demonstrable project management and leadership skills
  • Good technical understanding having worked closely with educational and assessment development teams
  • Experience of successfully supporting the design and development of sophisticated products deployed in a variety of environments
Competencies and skills
  • Demonstrable analytical skills and a data driven mindset
  • Understanding of design, development and operational concepts and principles
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and changing priorities
  • Ability to comprehend complex technical topics and specialised information
  • Ability to actively attend to, convey, and understand the comments and questions of others
  • Ability to look beyond the standard solution
  • Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem
  • Ability to think in terms of abstract ideas
  • Ability to build rapport with a variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to focus on a goal and obtain a pre-determined result
  • Ability to think in such a way as to produce a new concept or idea
  • Ability to make a critical decision while following company procedure
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and capable of building relationships to gain buy in and achieve results
  • Ability to set and manage priorities
  • Ability to work within defined timescales and keep calm under pressure
  • Ability to track & monitor performance against budget
Knowledge
  • UK Qualification regulatory requirements
  • Application of learning principals
  • Development of workflows and procedures
  • Awarding Body landscape and exposure to digital IT
  • Up to date computer knowledge and digital skills
  • Understanding of technical language
Special conditions
  • Occasional visits to clients or suppliers, off site meetings and events in the UK or globally as required. These may require overnight stays;
  • Some travel to other BCS offices as 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.

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.

How to apply

Please send your CV to hr@bcs.uk