Executive Product Manager - Content Discovery

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Content Discovery has a mission to bring the breadth of BBC online content to our audience. Our portfolio of products include the BBC Homepage, which attracts 10 million unique users per week; online search, including iPlayer search; domestic and global navigation, with a reach of 100 million worldwide; as well a range of products that span the organisation. Content Discovery pioneers innovative, technologically challenging and creative solutions working with the whole organisation.

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.

The EPM has three key responsibilities: assessing product opportunities, defining the product to be built, and communicating to stakeholders.

The post holder works with key editorial, commercial and technical stakeholders to design and deliver the required product, measure its success, lead the prioritisation process and the creation and maintenance of the roadmap.

He/she works with the technical team to create a product that is useful, usable and feasible.

Role Responsibility

  • 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 relevant user and audience research
  • Accountable for all approval gates before a project commences and quality reviews during a build/delivery
  • Lead requirements gathering sessions with stakeholders and manage change in relation to specified requirements, including assessment of impact, communication, and supporting planning and prioritisation as appropriate
  • Develop relationships with pan-BBC and external stakeholders, delivery partners and suppliers as well as with peer to peer and more senior internal stakeholders
  • Monitor, summarise and report feedback from the user base or audience to measure performance of the product
  • Transition to ‘live’ environments, ensuring operational and audience support
  • Continuous improvement of the product, identifying  and prioritising improvements and enhancements
  • 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
  • Ensure the appropriate selection of technology to fulfil the outlined strategy​

The Ideal Candidate

  • Expert understanding and ability to apply industry knowledge, market awareness and BBC audience targets to product strategy and planning
  • Product 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 managing commercial and contractual relationships with third party suppliers and partners
  • Exposure to project management methodologies including Agile
  • 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

Package Description

  • Excellent career progression the BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious individuals 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.
  • 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 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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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