Job details

Salary - Grade
GBP £57,177 to £59,220 57177 - PO7
Market supplement
£4996
Contract Type
Permanent
Contracted Hours
Full Time - 36 hours per week
DBS Required
No
Department
Finance & Corporate Resources
Service
ICT
Closing date
03/03/2024

This role attracts a Market Supplement of £4,996 

About the team

Product teams at Hackney are part of the council’s newly integrated Customer Service, Digital & Data Service. These agile teams are made up of business analysts, content designers, data analysts, delivery managers, digital analysts,interaction designers, product managers, user researchers, service designers and software engineers.

What we do

Our vision is to create products that reduce time and effort for residents to access the services they need and inspire confidence in the council. We work with service areas across the organisation 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:

Targeted Services

Products that support services which meet the needs of specific groups of people, working closely with the Benefits and Housing Needs service – everything they do is geared towards preventing homelessness.

Housing

Products that support Housing Services, which is responsible for:

* Building maintenance and estate environment  

* Resident safety 

* Housing transformation

* Property and asset management

* Tenancy and leasehold services.

Liveable Hackney

Products which help improve the day to day lives of residents, and are used by the teams in Sustainability & Public Realm Services.

Hackney.gov.uk website

This is the main way residents now find out about and access council services, so it benefits everyone when it works well. Alongside reactive management of content, we have a programme of work to deliver a new website.

About you

As Senior Product Manager, you’ll champion our product vision and strategy, and bring it to life. You’ll prioritise product development based on user needs, service objectives and strategic goals to deliver measurable benefits to users and the organisation.

You’ll help maintain the high level roadmap for our teams and work closely with a Senior Delivery Manager on prioritisation and resourcing. 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 speak up for users, whether they are residents or staff, and use data and research to make sure our products and services meet their needs.

You’ll be an expert in agile working and coaching product teams, overseeing product teams’ strategy, vision and roadmap, solving users’ problems with products we’re proud of.

You’ll understand the conditions for product teams to succeed and think of new and innovative ways of working to achieve the right outcomes. You’ll play an active role in the development of our product management community of practice, model good ways of working and communicate our work effectively internally and externally.

We value empathy, open mindedness and a real passion for delivering good public services.  You’ll have experience in product management, in a senior role, and preferably 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 have a good understanding and working knowledge of the Government Digital Service (GDS) framework and will champion accessible and inclusive services, work in a fast-paced environment with a pragmatic approach, as part of a diverse team, 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 and you’re passionate about supporting others in the team and open to learning new skills.

Our priorities

* Products that reduce time and effort for our residents

* Products that enable staff to deliver outstanding public services

* Using digital tools to transform services and create value for money.

What we love about working for Hackney

* Doing work that has a positive impact on residents’ lives

* Amazing colleagues who are brimming with enthusiasm and ideas to help improve the services we deliver

* We are proud of having 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, Cyclescheme, 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 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 Silvia Kirk, Senior Delivery Manager. Message her at: silvia.kirk@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: 03 March 2024 (22:59)

Interview date (Remote): 26/27 March 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