• Technical Product Manager

    Job Locations United Kingdom-London
    ID
    2018-4806
    Function
    Digital
  • Introduction

    The Economist Group logo

     

    The Economist is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to Apple TV/OTT apps and VR Experiences. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.

    With a growing global circulation and a reputation for insightful analysis and opinion on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognised and well-read current affairs publications.

     

    The Economist’s Publisher Team was created in April to streamline the commercial decision making process and make sure all needs are reviewed and prioritised based on business impact. As a result, everyone has access to world-class expertise in strategy, marketing, finance, analytics and product delivery, as do our clients. Our aim is to support readership growth, which underpins all our revenue streams and our future.

     

    Are you motivated to help The Economist’s grow its agile software delivery mindset? A hands on, strategic and inspirational team player is wanted that will report directly to the Head of Digital Innovation. This person will lead our web products delivery team, working closely with stakeholders, delivery and technical leads, customer experience professionals, visual designers and the engineering team, to define and execute a product roadmap delivering learning and growth across The Economist’s web products.

     

    This is a demanding role and requires a strategic thinker with the ability to convert business and technology strategy into operational execution. Excellent operational management, scrum and associated methodologies knowledge and rigorous planning skills are essential.

    A strong customer focused team leader, team player and cross functional collaborator is required. This candidate needs to be skilled in influencing others (at all levels) in addition to having the ability to flourish in a high performance culture.

    The aptitude and passion to champion agile and lean best practices, and help foster a culture of continuous improvement is a key requirement.

     

    Accountabilities

    How you will contribute:

     

    • Inspire and encourage motivation amongst your teams
    • Manage stakeholders effectively with both diplomacy and gravitas
    • Own the product roadmap, weighing up strategic direction against subscriber and client revenue stream, editorial and technical priorities
    • Understands how we should evolve the product and ability to effectively communicate why this is valuable to any audience: business, operations, technical

    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    The ideal skills for the role are:

     

    • Excellence in product management, ideally with a strategic / business analysis approach
    • Must be comfortable with ambiguity and understand that they are there to help define the way forward / what success looks like and communicate it
    • Able to understand and prioritise technical debt / tactical work and communicate why this is important to deliver to business stakeholders.
    • Demonstrable experience working with cross-functional development teams
    • Ensuring quality in an end to end product lifecycle experience with a focus on delivering and measuring business value
    • Solid and demonstrable experience of working in Agile with a variety of tribes at different levels
    • Data driven - uses data and metrics to set experiments, prioritise and measure success
    • Experience working with BDD and TDD
    • Ability to prioritise the backlog and clearly articulate acceptance criteria
    • Excellent stakeholder management skills, with conflicting requirements and priorities (includes protecting the team from outside influences)
    • Actively engages with the wider product community / understands & contributes to ongoing community

    The ideal competencies for the role are:

     

    • Pragmatist, understands how to deliver on their vision incrementally/strategically.
    • Ability to think at macro and micro levels
    • Articulate and clear communicator, be able to translate between engineering and business stakeholders
    • Commercially minded, have a deep understanding what drives our business

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