Executive Product Manager

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Job Introduction

WHO’s it with:

The Datalab was created to address the expectation of modern audiences that the best of BBC content will be available to them in a single place, and personalised to their preferences and interests.  We do this by bringing together what we know about all BBC content into one place (the Content Graph) and using machine learning to enrich it (i.e. create additional metadata) so that we can identify content which is relevant to individuals. This is all built in such a way as to allow different applications to sit on top of Connected Data and create a more consistent and relevant experience for everyone.


Role Responsibility

WHAT you’ll be doing:

You will develop and maintain the high level roadmap so we are looking for someone who can build the long term vision (think: ‘getting a person onto the moon’) and can then break down into logical ordered parts that make that vision achievable (think: “Mercury: put people into space and bring them back; Gemini: ensure people can rendezvous and work in space; Apollo: send them to the moon and bring them back”).

This means you will need to be able to understand the context of the BBC and the industry and can bring people along on the journey. You will be speaking on behalf of the team internally and externally and need to successfully tell the story of Connected Data and the Datalab to audiences of varying (technical) backgrounds and seniority.

You’ll need to have a solid technical background so you can genuinely contribute to product direction. The work of Datalab includes data science, machine learning and a complex cloud architecture - the successful candidate will need to quickly comprehend the current situation and be prepared to influence decisions from the start. You don’t need to be an expert in any of these disciplines but must have enough knowledge to separate ‘hype from hope’ and a willingness to learn more.

The Ideal Candidate

WHAT you'll need:

This role would suit someone who is a senior product manager or someone in a digital leadership role, probably with a significant data element, looking to move into product management. Most important is the ability to really grasp the vision for the Datalab and the ability to lead and inspire a talented team of data scientists, data engineers and developers.

You'd ideally also have:

  • Proven experience of  building high performing teams with a focus on data (rather than audience facing) products
  • A strong understanding of agile methodology and how to apply the agile mindset to all aspects of your work and that of the team
  • A good understanding of the different phases of product delivery and be able to demonstrate your experience of planning or running these
  • Awareness of the opportunities data science and machine learning provide to reinvent business models
  • Strong technical knowledge with the ability to quickly grasp data science concepts in order to truly influence product decisions
  • The ability to articulate the vision of the Connected Data strategy to a variety of audiences - including the team itself and senior stakeholders.

We appreciate that we are asking for a lot so don’t be scared to apply if you don’t tick all these boxes!

Cultural fit is super important to us too. If you are an enthusiastic evangelist for your own and others ideas and have a passion to influence and build a vision we would love to hear from you!


WHY you'll want it:

If you enjoy working in an agile, fast-moving environment where data is at the heart of everything then this is the perfect place for you. This is a great opportunity to work in a role where you can be inventive and drive innovation. You will be part of a talented, enthusiastic team with a real opportunity to set direction of the product and in doing so contribute to the future of the BBC. We reward hard work and encourage progression but don’t want you to kill yourself doing it- work life balance and happy humans are key to our great culture!


Ideally this role would be based in London however we can be flexible.

If you are up for this exciting new challenge then please do apply telling us why you think you would be a good fit. We are looking to interview ASAP.

If you would like to learn a little bit more before applying don’t hesitate to contact for an informal chat.


Package Description

Grade 10 (proposed band E)

Flexible on Location

Flexible Working Options.

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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