Senior Product Manager
London, United Kingdom
Product – Global Platform
Technology. Award-winning customer service. Bleeding-edge data ability.
Simply Business is a new type of insurance company, using all of the above to create the best possible insurance experience for small businesses and self-employed people.
We love working here, and have even taken the number one spot in the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For 2015 and 16 lists; we’ve stopped entering now to focus on a few bigger projects, but you get the idea.
It’s a great place towork.
There are currently over 500,000 active Simply Business insurance policies in the UK alone. And we have offices in London, Northampton and Boston,USA.
Talking of offices, ours are bright, airy and geared up for really smart working. We’re flexible, with plenty of remote workers coming in and out, and we believe work and life should be hand in hand, rather than a juggling act. So no need to worry about school pick-ups, or a horrible commute.
Our people are our most important asset, so we focus on building a working life that helps us thrive, not stick. Join us and you’ll be part of our journey to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.
You’ll have a strong technical background and a focus on driving commercial results, seeing technology as a tool to enable business success rather than being the business itself. You’re as comfortable working with engineers as you are with marketers and salespeople.
As a Senior Product Manager you’ll be a key player in:
be an expert in applying appropriate experimental techniques to assess the value, usability, feasibility, and business risks of the customer and business problems you and your team are trying to solve
work with your customers to identify problems to solve or opportunities for growth (as opposed to being told what to do)
be inspired by new technology, competitors, like-minded businesses, and future thinking in suggesting opportunities to improve Simply Business
Customer-focused product design
formulate the vision, strategy, and roadmap for your product area, ensuring alignment of strategic priorities and roadmap across the entire product portfolio
work with the business, technical, and product teams to understand the needs of your customers
lead stakeholder sessions to determine key customer outcomes and define KPIs to measure the success of your product
manage relationships with any third parties related to your product
take responsibility for forming hypotheses and measures, and ensure there’s a backlog of epics with agreed priority
Delivery and launch
break down your deliverables into smaller value chunks and iterate through delivery, releasing value early
work in close partnership with your team’s Technical Lead to prioritise and set the team direction, creating a sense of urgency and momentum
write user stories and acceptance criteria
monitor and measure the success of each feature or product
Product management practice
provide leadership to continuously improve product management practice in your area
proactively keep up to date with the latest developments in product management thinking, process and techniques
champion Build-Measure-Learn, creating a culture of innovation and continuous improvement within the product management discipline, especially in discovery and delivery methodologies
contribute towards hiring first rate Product Managers for your function and across Simply Business
We are looking for someone:
with a strong technical background, able to drive the evolution of technical products with a focus on iteratively delivering business value
with excellent communication skills, able to translate complex technical solutions into simple terms
with good commercial acumen and a track record of positive results
with proven experience using a variety of experimental methods to assess the key product risks of value, usability, feasibility, and business
with extensive experience working with Agile teams
who demonstrates ownership, responsiveness, a bias to action, and commitment
with demonstrable the ability to rapidly gain in-depth knowledge of their product’s domain
with extensive experience developing multiple complex products through full life cycle
with excellent stakeholder management and facilitation skills
We want to meet you.
At Simply Business, we pride ourselves on having a diverse workforce. Unfortunately, research has shown that some candidates, particularly women and people from other underrepresented groups, are put off applying for a job if they don’t fit every single one of the criteria.
But hiring at Simply Business isn’t a box ticking exercise – we’re much more interested in meeting people who’re excited to work with us. So if this job appeals to you and you think you’d be a good fit, send us your CV. With any luck we’ll be seeing you at interview soon.
What are the benefits?
There’s all the serious (but important) stuff we call ‘core benefits’. On top of that, you can pick and choose from the more exciting options we offer – whether it’s a full gym membership or gym subsidy, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday, or a National Trust pass.
The ‘core’ stuff
Some of these will kick in once you’re confirmed in post, but here’s the summary:
• a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day, generous annual leave
• life assurance (financial cover for your family, should the worst happen)
• a cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
• an extra day off if you get married or move house
• an automatic enrollment pension (employer-matched at 5%)
The fun stuff
Passed probation? Time to pick and mix from things like:
• a full gym membership
• private medical insurance
• extra days annual leave
• shopping vouchers
• dental insurance
• travel insurance
But there’s so much more to Simply Business than insurance and memberships. We also commit to flexible working options, smart working (our offices are kitted out for you to work when and how you choose), cycle to work, eye test vouchers, and season ticket loan schemes, and we have a handy online form to put in any training or conference requests.
Best of all, though, are the groups, clubs, and adventures that come with the Simply Business territory. Forget a simple Give As You Earn scheme (although we’ve got that too) – we trek the Sahara for charity, take you on weekends away, throw epic summer parties, and meet up for book groups, public speaking coaching, yoga, manicures, beer brewing, and lots, lots more.
Everything we do comes down to these five values – empowerment, authenticity, simplicity, learning and pioneering.
In practice, these will mean something unique to every person at Simply Business, but if you’re considering working here, give them some thought. They’re at the heart of our story.
We believe in our people and the positive impact they can have so we enable everyone to stretchthemselves
We celebrate diversity, avoid jargon and genuinely care about helping small businesses thrive
We attempt to simplify complex solutions to save our customerstime andeffort
We’re never done learning about new possibilities and act to explore them
We’re obsessed with finding new ways to create even better experiences