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Product Manager, Data Products

Posted: 13 Aug 2020 Closes: 27 Dec 2020
Sofia FT Competitive
Permanent & Full-time JR005400

Company & Department Context

The Financial Times (FT) is one of the world’s leading business news and information organisations. We are recognised globally for our authority, integrity and accuracy. We provide a broad range of essential services, including news, comments, data and analysis, to the growing audience of internationally minded business people.

Within our Product and Technology Division, “FT Core” sits as a department designing and building products that support both the B2C and B2B operations of FT.com as well as other parts of the wider Financial Times organisation. 

FT Core is also the Product and Technology Group leading on the FT’s Acquire mission, focused on growing our subscription base by acquiring and activating customers.

Position Summary

As a Product Manager, Data Products you will be responsible for building a coherent portfolio of existing and new products that are targeted predominantly at our B2B customers. These are mostly API products, but going forward may include some front-end products as well. As part of the role, you will synthesise user research and requirements from a disparate set of stakeholders and customers into clear product goals, and you will work with your colleagues across business analysis, engineering, design, and research to turn these goals into executable plans. Working closely with your colleagues in engineering, design, research, and delivery, you will validate opportunities for new products and features via discovery to make sure we only build what’s worth building. You will regularly and clearly communicate the team’s progress back to stakeholders, working closely with delivery leads and technical leadership to do so. This role will require you to develop deep familiarity with the evolving ways that we create and share content both internally within the FT and externally.

We expect that you are a Product Manager with an understanding of customer-centered design and data driven decision making. You should have an interest and experience in working with B2B products, and interest in areas like search, discoverability of content, and metadata would be a significant advantage. In order to succeed in this role, you need to be able to take initiative and quickly and confidently make decisions when it’s called for. In your day-to-day job, you should be able to communicate with engineers, designers, and other product managers, and effectively translate the requirements between them to ensure everyone is on the same page. You will use your exceptional communication skills (both written and verbal) to develop healthy relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and fields.

 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

In this role you will…..

  • Be the voice of the customer, developing an in depth understanding of the way they interact with our products/services

  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Product and other product managers to define a product vision for your portfolio that is aligned to the company strategy

  • Lead the prioritisation of the product backlog in your remit, in line with the strategy

  • Act as a product owner, working closely with the technology team to deliver the agreed roadmap

  • Collaborate with stakeholders around the business 

  • Define, track and analyse success metrics while feeding back outcomes into the product process 

  • Take decisions based on data 

  • Build and communicate your product roadmaps to stakeholders

  • Coordinate developments undertaken by third parties

  • Inform yourself and your team of market development

  • Contribute industry ‘best practice’ into the product development process. 

 

Person Specification

You must be execution focussed and results driven, easily converse with colleagues at all levels of the organisation, actively engage in technical discussions, and understand high level technical architecture. 

Essential

  • Product management experience with a track record of managing successful products

  • Experience with B2B products and APIs

  • Entrepreneurial mindset and ability to orient yourself and others in a dynamic and fast-paced environment

  • Knowledge of the entire product lifecycle from insights/analysis, roadmap development, UX, UI and Data driven approaches

  • Proven record of delivering products through collaboration with stakeholders and technical teams

  • Experience with producing strong business justifications

  • Have a proven track record of improving key business metrics 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Developed and proven influencing and negotiation skills

  • Confident leading meetings and workshops

  • Experience working in an Agile environment including as a product owner

Desirable

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

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