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Group Product Manager - FT Group Products (Based in London or Sofia)

Posted: 15 Oct 2020 Closes: 29 Dec 2020
Sofia FT Competitive
Permanent & Full-time JR005591

About the FT

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

We have offices in more than 35 cities, including London, New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, Manila, Sofia, San Francisco and Tokyo. Join us and find an inclusive and fast-paced environment with unique opportunities to support every step of your career. Learn more about the FT, including announcements and career opportunities, at aboutus.ft.com.

The FT is as much a product and technology company as it is a journalism company. In FT Product and Technology much of our recent success has come from innovation in our digital products and services and we know that our future success will depend on it. We span three organisations: Product, Technology and Delivery. Since 2016 we have been led by Chief Product and Information Officer Cait O’Riordan. Don’t expect a stuffy finance environment. We come from all walks of life and all kinds of different backgrounds and we bring ourselves to work.

The product org is composed of ~60 people, mostly product managers, customer researchers, product designers and business analysts. We work primarily in London and Sofia, Bulgaria. Our purpose is to create continued innovation in the FT’s digital products and services. We do a lot to deliver great products, but we believe our most important responsibility is working out what is worth building in the first place. We drive the process of product discovery, working with customers and prototypes to identify solutions that answer the needs of our subscribers and our business. We define outcomes with our colleagues, find opportunities with customers, design solutions with customers, and prioritise delivery to maximise our impact.

The Role / Position Overview

An exciting opportunity is available for a Group Product Manager to help achieve our vision within FT Group which includes FT Specialist titles (Investors Chronicle, The Banker, Pensions Expert, FT Adviser, fDI Intelligence and Professional Wealth management) as well as Business education rankings. To note our FT Group Product & Technology teams are based across both London, UK and Sofia, Bulgaria so we are open to candidates from either location.


FT Specialist provides significant revenue and contribution to the FT. There are more than 16 titles in the portfolio, of which some are within direct accountability of our product and tech teams. Last year we created a cross-functional product and technology team in Sofia to support the needs of the business. The team’s focus is across 3 distinct areas:
 

  • Existing products - protecting existing revenue and profit and enabling outcome-driven development eg: engagement, acquisition and retention;
  • Incremental growth from existing products - via product extensions, driving additional revenue; and 
  • Diversification - growing and diversifying through new growth initiatives into new markets, sectors and industries.

Business education rankings is also a programme which drives significant revenue. The rankings team publishes rankings for prospective MBA students 10 times a year. Underpinned with FT editorial content and special reports and powered by extensive and exclusive FT data and content.

There may be other portfolios in addition to the above.

Key Responsibilities

You will play a key role working with senior commercial and editorial stakeholders, customer experience and technical teams to develop compelling ways to deliver business and customer goals across the portfolios.

  • Lead a cross-functional team to define the strategy and tactics associated with integrating three currently separate events businesses closer to the centre of the Financial Times organisation. 

  • Collaborate with product and technology peers in other groups to ensure their teams are also aligned and delivering impact contributing to your objectives

  • Develop relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, under tight timescales and with numerous competing priorities 

  • Reporting directly to the Product Director, you will ensure the teams success and ensure teams are outcome-driven, understanding impacts they will have on the bottom line.

  • Deputises for the Product Director, to represent both the strategy and day to day running of the Group/Mission

  • Makes recommendations on how processes, systems and practices could be improved in order to maintain a high performing group

  • Line management experience to lead a team of product managers


 

Required Skills / Experience 

  • Minimum 5 years “full-stack” Product Management experience in developing software or internet products.

  • Highly analytical with a structured problem-solving approach.  Metrics-driven, with previous experience in a culture of data-and fact-based decision-making. 

  • Ability to deliver impact - laser focus execution coupled with commercial awareness.

  • Experience in leading teams in a cross-functional, agile environment.

  • Self-motivated,“do-er”, willing to work hands-on. 

  • Knowledge of multiple functional areas, including product management, engineering, UX/UI, sales, customer support, finance or marketing.

  • A team player, with a strong ability to work collaboratively across the organisation.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the media industry and of how large media companies operate

  • Experience In Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, related technical field.

  • Good understanding of B2B products and markets.

What’s in it for you? Our Benefits

Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working, medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages and subsidised gym memberships. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

Further Information

At the FT, we are committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer that seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. We aim to treat all employees in a fair and consistent manner, promote good working relationships to encourage high standards of conduct and performance within a work environment free from harassment, bullying and discrimination. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help. 

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