Job details

Salary - Grade
GBP £72,669 to £73,818 72669 - PO13
Contract Type
Permanent
Contracted Hours
Full Time - 36 hours per week
DBS Required
No
Department
Finance & Corporate Resources
Service
ICT
Closing date
28/07/2024

£72,669 – £73,818 plus market supplement £2,529 pa

About the role

As Head of Product & Delivery, you will lead multidisciplinary teams of delivery managers, product managers, programme/ project managers, software engineers, user researchers, service designers and digital analysts.

You will be as interested in people as you are in products, and work closely with other heads of service including Engineering and Customer Experience, to provide leadership and direction.

You’ll champion Hackney’s product vision and strategy, and bring it to life. You’ll prioritise product development based on user needs, service objectives and strategic goals in order to deliver measurable benefits to users and the organisation. 

You will lead effective delivery of work whilst ensuring teams are operating in a healthy and productive environment. You’ll maintain the high level roadmap and work closely with delivery managers to prioritise work and resource product teams. 

You’ll develop trusted relationships with other council teams and work with them to improve services, articulating problems, writing business cases and balancing needs with business and technical constraints. 

You’ll be an expert in agile working and coaching product teams. You’ll be experienced at programme management, overseeing strategy and vision, solving users’ problems and implementing new and innovative ways of working to achieve impactful outcomes.

You’ll play an active role in the development of our product and delivery community of practice and communicate our work effectively internally and externally.

About the team


We work with service areas across the council to create effective, user-centred digital products and services. 

We design, test, implement and iterate products for thousands of internal users, as well as for nearly 280,000 residents. We also manage over 50 contracts for digital and technology services with third party suppliers. 

Our product teams are divided into 4 main areas which support council service areas working on housing benefits and homelessness prevention; housing provision; sustainability and the environment and the council website.

About you

 

You’ll have extensive experience in product management and overseeing the implementation of digital systems, in a senior or lead role, and will have worked in central government, local government, or public sector organisations.

You’ll have worked on multiple products and services which deliver value for users and take a user-centred approach to problem-solving. 

You will know how to ascertain whether building or buying a product is more appropriate and can ensure that teams are fully resourced and skilled to support existing systems.

You’ll have a good understanding of the Government Digital Service (GDS) framework and will champion accessible and inclusive services.

You’re able to work in a fast-paced environment with a pragmatic approach, as part of a diverse team. 

You will have evidenced experience of communicating work effectively, showing impact and value.

You’ll be a good leader and listener, who works well with people from different disciplines, is passionate about supporting others, and open to learning new skills.

 Our priorities

  • Embedding the principle of digital first in decision making across the organisation
  • Maintaining existing products and systems so that they effectively support service delivery and corporate outcomes
  • Using digital tools to transform council services and create value for money.

 

What we love about working for Hackney

  • Doing work that has a positive impact on residents’ lives
  • A diverse workforce that reflects our community
  • Flexibility of hybrid working and being able to have a good work-life balance
  • No one day is ever the same and you’ll get to work across a wide range of services.

In return you will benefit from:

  • A generous holiday allowance of 28 paid days, rising to 33 days (after 5 years) plus bank holidays
  • Membership of the excellent Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Standard 36 hour week (7.2 hours per day, Monday to Friday)
  • Wide range of learning and development opportunities 
  • Comprehensive range of staff benefits such as childcare vouchers, new technology schemes, Cyclesheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at leisure centres (Better), restaurants, shops and other local establishments.

 

Where we work

We offer hybrid working. You will be expected to come into our offices in the Hackney Service Centre to work with your team for a minimum of two days a month, however many of us prefer to come in more frequently. Like many organisations, our hybrid arrangements are evolving and you may be expected to work from the office more frequently in future.

Talk to us or ask any questions 

If you’d like an informal chat about the role, you can speak to our Strategic Lead for Talent Acquisition, Joanne Cumper. Contact her at  jo.cumper@hackney.gov.uk      

There is no better place to work in London than Hackney; we have great pride in our borough, our communities, and our services. Hackney is one of London’s most vibrant and diverse boroughs. It’s one of the most sought after areas to live in London with good schools, parks and local amenities, as well as great transport links and vibrant and diverse communities.

If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.

The recruitment process is anonymous. Therefore, we do not accept supporting statements or CVs.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience.

We will not accept applications where Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been used to assist with completing the competency questions or any part of the application form.

This application process replaces a supporting statement.

Closing date for applications: 28 July 2024 (22.59)

Interview date: W/C 05 August 2024

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.

The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available: hackneyworks@hackney.gov.uk