Senior Product Manager - Commercial Applications & Systems

Job Introduction

If you possess an objective led mindset, a product focussed approach and a fierce enthusiasm towards being an expert in validating product improvements and new ideas, then we might just have the role for you.

In a team where everyone, including you, strives to better understand our customers and products, the Senior Product Manager will optimise the product area for the needs of the business, bringing together user experience, business and technology. You will build and maintain a product roadmap and backlog consistent with the BBC’s wider digital strategy and product portfolio, and will help shape the strategy of the product area and deliver the highest value to our Global Markets Channels users and stakeholders.

So, what’s in it for you? Let’s start with a bit about who you’d be working for.

Who we are:

BBC Studios is a global business of scale, able to fund, create, distribute and commercialise premium content for the BBC and other companies both in the UK and internationally. Working with the best writers, directors, and programme-makers, BBC Studios champions creativity, crafting over 2500 hours of content every year through eight production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world.

This role sits within the Commercial Applications and Systems Group, who are dedicated to providing the technology needed to help BBC Studios transform its operations and remain a leading producer, distributor and licensor of unmissable content, products, and events. Our portfolio is diverse but is fully focused on supporting our functions and businesses around the globe.  We are a growing function and will provide an important contribution to the business growth targets over the coming years.

Interested yet? Here’s a bit more about what you could expect to be doing:

Role Responsibility

  • A large part of this role will be to work with stakeholders, key technical staff and within governance groups to understand business needs and drivers, and confirm objectives and priorities. You’ll develop relationships with pan-BBC and external stakeholders, delivery partners and suppliers as well as with colleagues and senior internal stakeholders.
  • You will lead requirement gathering sessions with stakeholders looking to uncover deeper strategic needs and opportunities, and, using your strong communication skills with the ability to adapt messaging to the right level and language to ensure process, need, approach and outcomes are clearly understood.
  • Use analytics and user behaviour to generate ideas, features and drive continuous product improvements, prioritising as required.
  • You will optimise the product area for the needs of the business, bringing together user experience, business and technology, and build and maintain a product roadmap and backlog consistent with the BBC's wider digital strategy and product portfolio.
  • You will have plenty of opportunity to develop a product strategy for your area, based on the strategic vision of your department and wider BBC, and validate product ideas at the earliest possible stages using qualitative research, data analysis and experimentation.
  • In addition, you’ll define metrics that inform the success of the product area you are working on.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Experience in product management: You have experience working within a product team as a product manager, business analyst or SME, adept at translating objectives and opportunities into coherent product propositions and liaising with the build team to ensure the right outcome.
  • An objective led mindset: You are comfortable facilitating your immediate stakeholders to design the required product, measure its success and target future improvements
  • Delivery focused: You are comfortable in an Agile environment, working with the wider tech function to create a product base that is useful, usable and feasible.
  • Technically-minded: You like delving to understand the details of a complex systems in order to tackle the solve difficult user problems and you can communicate technical nuances to less technically savvy stakeholders.
  • Have an inquisitive mind: You want to improve BBC Products and all elements of the business, and you're always looking for new methods to do it, quickly becoming a domain expert.
  • Be comfortable working with a relatively high degree of uncertainty: The easiest path may not yield success, so comfort with hypothesis-driven and agile approaches are key.
  • Excellent product development skills and product life-cycle management including an understanding of agile methodology. You’ll have experience of end-to-end product delivery.
  • Experience of working on broadcast management, digital asset management or playout products is an advantage.
  • Demonstrable experience of making product decisions based on research, usage data, or predictions of either.
  • Be comfortable working as part of a small cross-functional team.  We aspire to be a highly collaborative team, ready to turn our hands to anything and demonstrated skills in this regard are important.
  • Working knowledge of BBC output; editorial, compliance and regulatory issues for the BBC.

Do you feel you could bring this role to life in a new and insightful way? Your way? Apply today to get started.



Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London TVC

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.

About the BBC

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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