Head of Products

at Simply Business in London

Simply Business, the UK’s largest online business insurance broker, are looking for a Head of Product to oversee the simultaneous development of multiple new products. The insurance industry has traditionally been behind the curve in a technological sense, but we’re bucking that trend by investing heavily in the development of usable, elegant and technologically-advanced web products.

You’ll be taking charge of the product department, which currently acts like a mini start-up within the wider business, a unique position that gives our employees the creative freedom of working within a startup alongside the job security of being part of an established business. We develop our products in a lean fashion, seeking to validate minimal viable products as quickly as possible to make sure that we’re building the right stuff for our customers. You’ll be working within our lively central London office, and will receive a competitive salary plus an excellent flexible benefits package including private health insurance and gym membership.

So, what do we want from you? Well, you need to be:

- A seasoned veteran of product. You have been in the industry for quite some time, and have overseen the development of many successful products.
- A businessperson at heart. You know your P&L’s from your T&C's, and can draft up a business plan (we prefer lean canvas) for your new product ideas if necessary.
- A customer hero. You understand the key to creating a great product is through continually engaging with its users, and know how to best interact with them to help us understand their problems.
- A UX genius. You can take users’ problems and help to develop solutions with the help of personas, wireframes and interactive prototypes.
- A prioritisation pro. You have a great understanding of the most beneficial features to bring in at any given time.
- An analytics whizz. You know which metrics to focus on to make the best product in varying situations, and can spot important trends in user behaviour from complex data sets.
- A people person. You know how to communicate, motivate and inspire many cross-functional teams within the department, and manage expectations with external stakeholders too.

What you will be doing:

- Managing a team of product managers across several cross functional teams comprised of developers, QA, UX and design resource.
- Taking responsibility for the product development roadmap
- P&L responsibility for the commercial success of the new products being developed.
- Coordinating with the marketing team around acquisition of new customers and building features into our products that encourage users to recommend our service.

Simply Business was launched in 2005, so it’s not long since we were a startup ourselves. Our background was in eCommerce and because of this we realised that there were a very large number of small businesses looking for information about how they could protect their businesses. We set out to create a superior offering for them online, approaching things from a different angle and creating something truly unique for the time. Seven years later and we want to see a similar step change.

We are at a very exciting time in our growth as a business. We’ve grown to 200,000 customers since 2005 and we want 500,000 by 2015.

We want to make sure that we’re not only a major player in the insurance market, but a well regarded company in the tech world too. We need an extremely talented and passionate individual to help us create the amazing products we aspire to.

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Published at 11 Oct 2012
Expires on 12 Apr 2013

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