Lead Product Data Manager

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Type: permanent (Full-time)

Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Lead Product Data Manager

Job Purpose

We are looking for a Lead Product Data Manager to join the BBC’s newly formed Product Data Domain teams. Our vision is to drive towards treating Data as a Product within the digital parts of the BBC to innovate and maintain driving data-driven decision at scale.

As a Lead Product Data Manager, you will be responsible for the vision, strategy and roadmap for your domain area. On a day-to-day basis, you’ll be working with key business stakeholders to understand their data requirements and ensure alignment across our data products suite. You will play a pivotal part in defining how we collect, manage, and use data to ensure key data and metrics are delivered to the BBC’s product development teams.

Key to this role is being able to articulate the business impact and high impact use cases and help lead cross-functional teams to realise the business impact. You will be expected to work across multiple parts of the BBC’s digital product suite.

There is no one size fits all to your background. You might have work in data product management, product management, or worked in Product Ops functions. What we are looking for is someone who has delivered strategy and roadmaps for products at scale, and with a deep expertise in analytical data.

Meet the Product Data Team

We are Product Data team, sitting inside the BBC’s digital and online products area called Product Group. Our digital products include some of the UK’s most popular online services such as BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC News and BBC Bitesize.

Currently, we have 3 broad domains – Product Growth, Users and Content. We are looking for people who have expertise in any of these areas, who are passionate about enabling data driven decision making at scale by shaping how we track and model this data for consumption.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

You will:

  • Define the product data vision, strategy and roadmap for your domain based in alignment with business goals at the Product Group and pan-BBC level
  • Collaborate with business stakeholders to understand their data needs and align the delivery and output of the team with those needs
  • Personally or through the team, be an expert in a data domain and communicate regularly with technical, operational, editorial and product staff.
  • Collaborate with other teams across the BBC on strategic and division level projects and initiatives
  • Drive innovation in data product development and identifying new opportunities through close collaboration with key stakeholders such as our product management function
  • Lead in ROI measurement based for data product initiatives, based on cost/benefit analysis and similar evaluation techniques.
  • Set clear KPIs and metrics to measure data product success for high-impact business decisions and drive data-driven decision making
  • Develop and extend data models and other data structures based on business needs and requirements
  • Work with technical leaders in the broader organisation to define, document and distribute best practice and standards
  • Oversee the entire data product lifecycle, from ideation and development to launch and post-launch optimisation
  • Work with Data Governance, Information Security and Privacy colleagues to develop and maintain data standards
  • Lead the articulation of data quality, data lineage, data security compliance for the domain you are responsible for
  • Recruit, mentor and manage an effective data teams

Are you the right candidate?

We are looking for someone with the following skills and experience. Please do not think you have to tick all boxes, you will be working in a supportive and collaborative team, where we aim to put everyone in the condition to contribute at their best and feel that their work is useful and valued. Besides, you will find great development and learning opportunities to support your professional growth. We value diversity and are committed to be truly inclusive and a place where everyone belongs.

  • Experience of managing complex data or algorithmic products at scale
  • Technical or data focused background or experience of working in highly technical products
  • Strong leadership and people management experience
  • Ability to think strategically and able to understand how data can be used to deliver improved business decision making and drive product development
  • Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills
  • Strong experience of leading cross-functional teams to deliver clear business outcomes
  • Experience of creating data strategy

Key skills

  • Strategic thinking – key experience of pulling together a vision, strategy and roadmap for the products that they have worked on Metrics and measurement – can articulate how they measure the success and business impact of the work that their team has delivered
  • Data knowledge – have worked with data products before or have worked on products which provide analytical data for product managers, or data analysts/data scientists
  • Cross-functional working – have worked with others in a cross-functional team (I.e. not just in data teams only)
  • Stakeholder management – have managed product development in complex environments at scale (organisations with multiple departments with numerous stakeholders)

Our comprehensive benefits package includes:

  • An employer pension contribution of up to 10%
  • 26 days’ annual leave (based on full time hours) + bank holidays and the option to buy/sell additional days
  • Contributory lifestyle benefit options including discounts at hundreds of retailers, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym memberships and healthcare schemes
  • Employee assistance and well-being programmes
  • Learning and development tailored to your role this could include industry recognised qualifications, coaching and mentoring
  • An inclusive and diverse environment with opportunities to join staff networks including: Women’s Network, National Disability Networks and many more

Family friendly flexible working arrangements, such as hybrid working, job sharing, flexi-time and compressed hours can be requested.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and especially welcome individuals from underrepresented groups.

If you require any reasonable adjustments during any part of the application process, please get in touch so we can support you.

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