BBC Good Food is the UK’s leading food media brand. Its multiple award-winning website, bbcgoodfood.com, features 11k+ recipes, a wealth of content around health, family, travel and reviews, and attracts more than 20m users per month.
The Product Manager is a pivotal role within the digital business for Good Food, responsible for defining and prioritising the product backlog for the development team in line with agreed business objectives. The Product Manager serves as a proxy for the customer and is the key interface between the business team (publishing, editorial and commercial teams) and the development team (including UX, design, development and technology services).
In this case, the Product Manager works across all digital platforms for the Good Food brand, including bbcgoodfood.com, APIs, our native apps for IOS and Android, and our Voice skill.
Key accountabilities for the Product Manager are:
- Create and maintain the agile product backlog, liaising with publishing, editorial and commercial teams.
- Create and maintain a product roadmap and revise that roadmap in response to customer feedback and user behaviour.
- Prioritise and sequence execution of the product backlog according to business value and ROI.
- Assist in the elaboration of requirements into user stories.
- Establish and monitor Return on Investment KPI’s and objectives.
- Convey vision and goals at the beginning of each release cycle and development iteration.
- Participate in daily stand-up meetings, iteration planning meetings reviews and retrospectives.
- Review product enhancements at the end of each iteration with ultimate responsibility to accept or reject work as complete.
- Communicate product status to the wider community within BBC Consumer Digital Technology.
The Ideal Candidate
Knowledge & Skills
The Product Manager must possess skills in Product Management and understand how this discipline relates to Agile environments.
- The ability to communicate effectively and work within a team environment is critical.
- Although this is a product-orientated role, experience of software development (particularly Drupal) would be an advantage
- The individual must be comfortable in the development of products across a wide spectrum of applications, including areas such as content management, publishing, search, registration – in short – the variety of systems that must support a present-day digital media organisation.
- The majority of development uses Agile and Kanban techniques, so she/he must be skilled at interfacing with teams using these methodologies.
- An understanding of highly scalable, reliable, distributed systems using open source technologies and “cloud” services is advantageous
- Experience of working in both fast moving companies in high-growth mode as well as more complex environments involving multiple divisions and more stakeholders is required.