Head of Product – InYourArea

Role Responsibility
We are looking for a Head of Product to lead our team. This is a key role where you’ll balance ownership of the overall product vision & strategy, execution of the roadmap, people management (your own team of product managers) whilst working closely with a range of internal teams and senior stakeholders.
You’ll enjoy collaborating with expert colleagues from across the wider Reach organisation, including Editorial, Marketing, Data and Commercial. You’ll also enjoy the responsibility to proactively help identify new opportunities for InYourArea whilst being the ‘champion’ of the product to internal and external audiences.
We’re looking for someone who has experience of coaching and developing product managers and who can foster a collaborative, positive and transparent team culture across the delivery team.
The ability to create and deliver inspiring and effective communications to senior management will be essential to garnering support for your plans.
You’ll maintain necessary technical, UX and market knowledge to deeply understand our product and shape it’s capabilities to capture future opportunities.

You’ll work closely with:
The Director of InYourArea
Lead Designer
Engineering Squads (Fullstack, Data & React Native Engineers)
Heads of Engineering & Principal Engineer
The Editor of InYourArea
Regional Commercial & Editorial teams throughout the UK
Product Managers from other teams

The ideal candidate
You will have experience managing consumer facing digital products and be able to display an understanding of different user types. Experience either with or for a large scale media organisation or technology platform would be an advantage.
You will have experience of managing a team of product managers, setting the product direction and delivering effective performance reviews with associated levels of mentoring and coaching. This will be combined with a proven track record of success working closely with our engineering teams.
An analytical understanding of customer needs and requirements for those during different life stages and behaviours, will be essential, with the ability to blend different forms of data to inform your plans. You need to be an effective collaborator and enjoy forging strong relationships with key stakeholders. Experience working with Senior Executive level stakeholders would be an advantage.
We are looking for someone who has an uncanny ability to identify value, risk and can prioritise effectively to focus on the right product features to be developed. You will have experience managing product backlogs and providing impactful reports across the business.
You will also be a great communicator, able to inspire those around you with compelling presentations to showcase the product vision, whilst being able to influence different types of stakeholders. The ability to adopt an inclusive approach to problem solving, to listen and reflect will enable you to drive value (opposed to driving output).
A go-getter who makes things happen by spotting opportunities, both from across Reach, in touch with external partners and in-tune with external factors, you will thrive in an innovation-led environment.
Technical knowledge of frontend, backend and technologies will be beneficial to a level that helps you to translate requirements and potential solutions with the engineering team. Experience in delivering mobile apps would be a bonus.
Expertise using various data analysis tools, spreadsheets, creating data visuals, forecasting and interpreting data sets would be an advantage.

We utilise an Agile-lite delivery approach, driven by real user data whilst relentlessly striving for continuous improvement, which can sometimes demand a cycle of multiple deployments of changes per day. We are also looking to introduce a Kanban framework as InYourArea continues to scale-up.

We continuously develop our talent to unlock the true potential of our Product & Engineering teams and believe that a diverse and inclusive team culture is an investment which powers the success of everything we do together.

Package Description
We are offering a competitive salary and benefits including;
Help to save for your retirement – join our pension scheme and we’ll match contributions up to 6%
25 days’ holiday per year when you join. After three, five and ten years’ service with Reach, you’ll accrue one additional day of annual leave. We also have a Holiday Purchase Scheme
Giving back day – an additional day’s leave each year to support a cause close to your heart
Flexibility – In this role, you’ll be fully remote-working (UK based) giving you more flexibility to balance home and life. We’ll support you with your home set-up, and you’ll be able to claim expenses for any trips to our office ‘hubs’ or client meetings
Enhanced family leave – including maternity, paternity and adoption – and you’ll be eligible after just six months’ employment
Private Healthcare Cash Plan – free health cash plan so you can claim back cash for a range of medical expenses
A “share” in our future
As one of the UK’s top 50 Inclusive Employers, everyone’s invited to join our events, programmes and networks to celebrate diversity and build an environment where all our people can thrive
Wellbeing support – including a 24/7 assistance programme for you and your family, a free subscription to mindfulness app Headspace and access to free mental health coaching through Sanctus
We are a FTSE 250 Company, and also a member of the 30% Club, a global campaign aimed at increasing gender diversity at board and senior management

Job Information

Job Reference: 011120_1643026945
Salary: Negotiable
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: Media
Job Locations: England
Job Types: Permanent
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