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Product Manager

London, UKProduct ManagementPermanent (Full-Time)Product

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A brief update on Covid-19 (coronavirus)

Simply Business is well prepared to deal with unprecedented events. We’re an agile business by nature – and our hiring and interview process is no exception. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some parts of our hiring process may take a little longer than usual.  Please bear with us, and rest assured that we're happy to hear from you and receive your application.

If it looks like you could be a good fit for the role, we’ll ask you to interview on Zoom – you’ll need WiFi and a laptop, or a 4G-enabled smartphone.

Technology. Award-winning customer service. Bleeding-edge data ability. Simply Business is a new type of insurance company, using all of the above to create the best possible insurance experience for small businesses and self-employed people. We love working here, and have even taken the number one spot in the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For 2015 and 16 lists; we’ve stopped entering now to focus on a few bigger projects, but you get the idea.

It’s a great place to work.

There are currently over 500,000 active Simply Business insurance policies in the UK alone. And we have offices in London, Northampton and Boston, USA. Talking of offices, ours are bright, airy and geared up for really smart working. We’re flexible, with plenty of remote workers coming in and out, and we believe work and life should be hand in hand, rather than a juggling act. So no need to worry about school pick-ups, or a horrible commute.

Our people are our most important asset, so we focus on building a working  life that helps us thrive, not stick. Join us and you’ll be part of our journey  to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.

We’re looking for an entrepreneurial Product Manager who will drive the discovery and validation of new products, journeys and experiences for our small business and landlord customers. You’ll be our explorer, our scout, testing which new product lines will gain traction in the market. You’ll be responsible for defining and coordinating the complete end to end journey, from acquisition to sale to support. You’ll be comfortable working in ambiguity, but will create an actionable plan to lead the team to clear, specific learnings and outcomes. This is a great opportunity for the right person to drive not only the expansion of new product offerings, but also champion collaborative agile approaches used to identify and assess those offerings quickly.

Your responsibilities:

  • lead a cross-functional team through experimentally-driven discovery — de-risking assumptions each step of the way, and driving learning as a critical outcome
  • iterate an approach for assessing and integrating new insurance products into our existing end-to-end experience (online and offline)
  • understand how existing and new insurance products are built and what’s required from Simply Business to sell those products
  • partner closely with cross-functional business teams to test and deliver your solutions
  • drive pace by having a regular decision forum with stakeholders who decide to “pivot, persevere, or abandon ” your opportunities

Finding and managing opportunities. You’ll:

  • be a systems thinker who’s strong in using continuous discovery experimentation to understand the needs of your customers and insurance carriers
  • challenge the existing approaches and ideas of others, as well as your own
  • formulate the roadmap for your area, ensuring alignment to strategic priorities
  • proactively engage stakeholders to keep them abreast of the latest learnings and results
  • rapidly build knowledge of your domain and assess opportunities
  • define KPIs to measure the success of your approach and your product
  • manage relationships with any third parties related to your product
  • champion Build Measure Learn, creating a culture of innovation and continuous improvement within the product management discipline, especially in discovery methodologies
  • suggest opportunities to improve Simply Business based on new technologies, competitors, like-minded businesses, future thinking, and more

Delivery. You'll:

  • work closely with the Tech Lead and team to plan sprints, releases and coordinate across dependent products and teams
  • prioritise and set the team direction, creating a sense of urgency and momentum
  • break down your deliverables into smaller value chunks and iterate through delivery, releasing value early wherever possible
  • coordinate with key stakeholders to launch features (both externally and internally)

Your experience:

  • developing and launching new complex products
  • influencing stakeholders with different objectives to align on a common solution
  • demonstrable ability to rapidly gain in-depth knowledge of your product’s domain
  • a love of collaboration and experience in leading varied groups to swift decisions
  • good technical understanding — we don’t expect you to code, but you must understand how your products are technically architected and have an understanding of engineering and infrastructure best practices
  • excellent critical thinking and decision making skills
  • experience working with Agile projects
  • strong bias to action over deliberation
  • preferred experience in insurance or financial services
What are the benefits?

There’s all the serious (but important) stuff we call ‘core benefits’. On top of that, you can pick and choose from the more exciting options we offer – whether it’s a full gym membership or gym subsidy, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday, or a National Trust pass. 

The ‘core’ stuff
Some of these will kick in once you’re confirmed in post, but here’s the summary:
• a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day, generous annual leave
• life assurance (financial cover for your family, should the worst happen)
• a cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
• an extra day off if you get married or move house
• an automatic enrollment pension (employer-matched at 5%) 

The fun stuff
We also have a great deal more to pick and mix from, with things like:
• a full gym membership
• private medical insurance
• extra days annual leave
• shopping vouchers
• dental insurance
• travel insurance

But there’s so much more to Simply Business than insurance and memberships. We also commit to flexible working options, smart working (our offices are kitted out for you to work when and how you choose), cycle to work, eye test vouchers, and season ticket loan schemes, and we have a handy online form to put in any training or conference requests.

Best of all, though, are the groups, clubs, and adventures that come with the Simply Business territory. Forget a simple Give As You Earn scheme (although we’ve got that too) – we trek the Sahara for charity, take you on weekends away, throw epic summer parties, and meet up for book groups, public speaking coaching, yoga, manicures, beer brewing, and lots, lots more.

Our values

Everything we do comes down to these five values – empowerment, authenticity, simplicity, learning and pioneering. In practice, these will mean something unique to every  person at Simply Business, but if you’re considering working here, give them some thought. They’re at the heart of our story.

Empowerment
We believe in our people and the positive impact they can have so we enable everyone to stretch themselves

Authenticity
We celebrate diversity, avoid jargon and genuinely care about helping small businesses thrive

Simplicity
We attempt to simplify complex solutions to save our customers time and effort

Learning
We’re never done learning about new possibilities and act to explore them

Pioneering
We’re obsessed with finding new ways to create even better  experiences
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