Executive Product Manager - BBC News & Weather

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Job Introduction

Now is a great time to join the BBC News & Weather digital teams. We are focusing on what personalisation means for BBC News and how the News product works within the wider BBC online product portfolio. We’re also working more and more closely with editorial teams who are modernising BBC News’ content, and together, we’re creating digital products that provide a valuable and personal news experience for everyone in the UK.

This role is based in BBC News & Weather and you’ll work as an Executive Product Manager and own the UK news web product roadmap. This includes mastering the whole product as it’s currently constituted – the News Front Page, indexes, various topics and article pages – but the core of your task is taking our ambitious product vision and translating it into real, specific change that enables us to offer a truly modern digital news product that provides a valuable and personal experience for all.

Role Responsibility

  • Reporting in to the Head of Product within the News & Weather department, this is a Executive Product Manager role overseeing the BBC News product on the web. Primarily, the role focuses on BBC News in the UK but will work closely with colleagues on World Service and in GNL on how crucial shared elements of the product work internationally.
  • This role will involve line management of other product managers and BAs working on key initiatvies. The role may sometimes involve directly running a development team but more typically will involve working with PMs, Delivery Managers and SETLs to drive the creation of features and impact for audiences.
  • This role will involve representing News on various pan-BBC steering groups and working with other large teams such as Platform.
  • This role is a leadership role and so you will spend time working with the Head of Product and the Head of Delivery on initiatives related to running the department, such as Diversity & Inclusion and improving remote work. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • The ideal candidate is skilled at working collaboratively; the News product is a complex set of services and features, some of which are built directly within the department, others of which are common BBC services leveraged for News. Shows us you understand how to communicate News’ values and aims across these different teams, and that you’re able to build real momentum for change and buy in for your priorities.
  • Show us you understand how to focus on outcomes over outputs, how to define and articulate product strategy and priorities using data-driven insights and your own judgement. Even better, show us how you do this as an individual and as a team contributor.
  • BBC News reports for audiences globally, nationally and locally and the News website has an important role to play at all three levels. Candidates will need to show experience of working with different stakeholder groups, creating momentum for change and awareness of how the different needs for news audiences and journalists at these levels need to be approached.
  • Clarity is key for us. We look for examples of first principles thinking, and the ability to create a compelling story blending powerful insight, novel ideas, strong use of data and clear reasoning to create a coalition with support across the business. Strong product leaders have ability to preserve the core value of an idea when making prioritsation calls, and coping with a multitude of opinions, challenges and deadlines.
  • Applicants should have experience working with systems that scale to millions of users, with high expectations around reliability, quality and accessibility, and where there’s a lot of complexity and inter-dependence.
  • We will favour candidates who can point to examples of contributing to and nurturing healthy product cultures in the workplace, building team culture that supports and enables feedback loops, and learning about audiences and the impact of our work.
  • This is a high-profile area and it will be a priority for senior stakeholders, so candidates need experience working with big, visible brands/organisations and senior business stakeholders. Candidates need to be able to show evidence of being able to build support for their ideas, get people aligned behind supporting and participating, and demonstrating that support publicly. It helps hugely to be resilient, patient and calm: real, substantive change requires dedication and drive, not fireworks. 
  • We’re always looking for creative, novel thinking. Show us how you identify real problems, build deep understanding and implement creative and original approaches that span technical and editorial domains, taking appropriate levels of risk.

Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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