Job Purpose 

To manage a group of Product Managers within dedicated product area, partnering with the engineering teams and working with relevant stream stakeholders to define, realise and deliver great products for our clients. This role partners directly with the Engineering Manager sharing accountability for key decisions, achieving commitments to the delivery plan and providing constructive challenge to focus effort on the missions that are important for Ocado Technology.

Key Customers/Stakeholders

Head of Product, Principal Product Manager, Product Managers, Head of Engineering, Engineering Manager, Team Lead, Solutions Product Managers, Solutions Managers

Roles & Responsibilities 

Leadership

  • Partners with the Engineering Manager and is jointly accountable for the delivery of the goals for the product area 
  • Responsible for building, developing and managing a high performing team of 2-5 Product Managers; breaking down goals and delegating into clear plans 
  • Actively ensures that the Product vision is and continues to be fit for purpose
  • Role models behaviours and actively applies Ocado Technology principles daily

Product Knowledge

  • Provides product knowledge and a sound understanding of customer needs and capability requirements, signposting to technical knowledge where needed
  • Understands overall platform performance & how products support this including interdependencies with other systems
  • Monitors progress against goals, looking for ways to improve the product & make adjustments based on strategic goals

Insight & Innovation

  • Actively looks for opportunities in creating incremental value when achieving set product goal commitments
  • Develops a good understanding of trends, patterns and feedback to continuously refine the product roadmap with Solutions and other key stakeholders whilst delivering client requirements
  • Sets culture of pace and innovation, empowering teams to deliver fast to accelerate learning

Delivery 

  • Sets expectations within Technology for pace of delivery required to achieve platform goals
  • Maintains a backlog of planned work, linked to a goal, and its order of priority for delivery purposes at an appropriate level of granularity
  • Support Product Managers to scope & prioritise stories to maximise business value using products 
  • Maintains teams focus on delivering value and a high quality product, balancing multiple requirements & schedules
  • Facilitates the agile processes and removes obstacles in workflow wherever required

Stakeholders

  • Manages users and stakeholders effectively to gather feedback to continuously refine the product roadmap
  • Builds strong relationships with Ocado stakeholders - establishing methods for getting user driven feedback via Solutions
  • Creates alignment between Client, Design, and Engineering across multiple teams

Collaboration

  • Collaborates with PMs/EMs in planning sessions, challenging appropriately to meet product goals
  • Liaises with the stream Product function to share knowledge, define the realisation process and policies that govern it
  • Champions and facilitates collaboration between the supply chain teams across multiple locations to ensure streamlined product delivery 

Problem Solving

  • Recommends product improvements based on analysis drawn from data, systems and customer behaviour
  • Evangelizes and embeds best practices in tracking, analysis, user experience design, and data-driven problem solving across multiple teams

This role description is a summary of the typical functions of the role, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of possible role responsibilities, tasks and duties.


You may be asked to perform tasks as required by management deemed as a reasonable request. This job description is a summary of the typical functions of the role, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of possible role responsibilities, tasks and duties and is subject to review. The responsibilities, tasks and duties of the job holder might differ from those outlined in the job description and other duties, as assigned, might form part of the job. 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Competencies

  • You lead and role model the Ocado Technology behaviours daily
  • You lead and manage others effectively, coaching and giving feedback to support development 
  • You build high performing product teams working alongside engineering to execute and deliver vision successfully
  • You demonstrate a customer centric mindset and are data-driven in decision making
  • You are highly organised and able to plan, manage, track and deliver effectively
  • You are assertive but diplomatic and have a bias for action, collaboration and optimism
  • You proactively solve problems, helping to make decisions and build recommendations by interpreting data and insight from multiple sources
  • You are comfortable sorting out ambiguity and bring structure and clarity of purpose to a conversation
  • You communicate directly and clearly with both technical and non-technical stakeholders, with a strong emphasis on careful listening
  • You don't settle for good enough, you strive for great in every aspect of your work
  • You have a great track record of working with engineering and design teams so that people will always want to have you in their teams
  • Ability to see the big picture, without losing sight of the product details
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written

Experience

  • Experience with managing products built by engineering teams
  • Knowledge of multiple functional areas, including product management, engineering, UX/UI, 
  • Managing others effectively and supporting development
  • Proven ability to plan, mange, track and deliver on commitments
  • Ability to lead and direct your own and others work to achieve objectives
  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Defining product roadmaps, building collaboratively with UX design and Engineering peers
  • Familiarity or experience with the development of software for supply chain systems 

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