To apply for this job please visit es.catapult.org.uk.
Salary: Up to 62,500 + Benefits
Status: Permanent /Full-time strongly preferable (however can potentially be flexible)
The Energy Systems Catapult
Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. We take a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping us to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers, in order to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost.
During lockdown, we have been working remotely and as we begin to focus more on the future, we intend to embrace a new refreshing way to utilise our office in Birmingham City Centre . As a consequence we are developing a flexible approach to the workplace , which ensures we keep some of the benefits of home working whilst enabling the Catapult to operate efficiently, this hybrid way of working may result in the majority of us working from home for a good chunk of the time, merging the best bits of both office and home working.
The Energy Revolution Integration Service (ERIS) was established to support the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PFER) programme in achieving its ambitions for developing & delivering Smart Local Energy Systems (SLES). SLES are seen as playing a key role in helping local areas achieve climate, economic and social outcomes and benefits. In its work to date, ERIS has focussed on interacting with the projects that comprise the PFER programme. In addition to retaining project relationships, ERIS will also deliver tools, capabilities and insights that will enable Local Authorities and their partners to define, design and deliver SLES. This will build momentum for SLES beyond the life of the PFER programme.
The ERIS programme comprises several key workstreams one of which is the SLES Marketplace, a digital channel that provides Local Authorities and their partners with tools and resources that will support and guide them as they define, design and implement SLES. The Marketplace comprises a sales platform, applications, tools, data and integrations.
The Senior Product Manager is responsible for the development of the SLES Marketplace product, its component tools, resources and products which can be either internally developed or provided by partners. The individual is also responsible for development for the associated proposition to the market.
The Senior Product Manager is responsible for product success as measured in terms of technical, commercial and impact outcomes.
In executing the role, the Senior Product Manager is responsible for product planning, delivery and working with other stakeholders to develop, launch and maintain the Marketplace & its component products throughout the product lifecycle.
They will develop a vision and roadmap for the product based on input from users, customers, funders, internal stakeholders, market research and their own industry insight.
They will work closely with internal and external teams to deliver a product that aligns with this vision, meet market needs and are delivered to a consistently high-quality standard. They will also assure alignment with the objectives and aspirations of the Catapult broadly.
They will develop a business case for the product based on input from marketing, business development, market analysts and their own experience and manage its delivery.
They will identify the key benefits and value of the product. This will be used to create and maintain marketing plans and collateral (including web updates, product training materials and sales training).
The Senior Product Manager will work closely with the Head of Products who provides leadership on the Catapult’s product roadmap, priorities, approach to Product Management and the methods followed.
The duties and responsibilities described herein are indicative and may vary over time. The Senior Product Manager will be expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and extent of the role.
Key Work Activities
- Understanding customer needs (including those of Local Authorities and their partners) to define the problems they need to overcome and the opportunities they can pursue
- Understanding sector needs – the energy sector, net zero transition, local energy systems – and how these might be addressed through digitally enabled tools and processes
- Managing the full product lifecycle – from concept to retirement
- Undertaking market research and analysis into specific challenges, issues and opportunities to determine the potential and value for building capability that the product could make available. Understanding the competition and being able to articulate how our products are differentiated in this context
- Being the voice of the customer and the product champion internally and externally.
- Being the product expert (not necessarily the technical delivery expert) – on the product, the market, relevant technology and the competition
- Anticipating and responding to trends, opportunities and threats on the horizon and scan technology and disruptive innovations that could be applied.
- Defining the product strategy and roadmap and aligning with emerging digitalisation trends and opportunities
- Leading the cross functional delivery team to ensure delivery of agreed objectives on time and budget
- Writing the business case for investments and gain internal approval; building associated budgets and playing a lead role in securing funding to ensure longevity and growth of the product (anticipated to be measured in £million)
- Managing the full marketing mix, working with internal and external teams to deliver
- Working with internal stakeholders and third parties to assess and establish partnerships
- Defining and monitoring KPI’s to measure performance quantitatively and qualitatively – reporting and improving product performance
- Developing and delivering training, promoting the product to stakeholders through sales training sessions, webinars, newsletters and other mechanisms
- Engaging extensively with internal and external stakeholders to inform the ERIS work and to communicate the ERIS offer and the SLES aspiration
- Liaising with strategic partners (including Innovate UK, BEIS, Local Authorities and others including many operating at a senior level) to support the ERIS offering and achievement of results (outcomes and impact)
- Providing a “voice” for the Catapult’s SLES vision in the sector
- Equipping themselves with deep understanding of ESC’s work
- Ensuring that new products or offerings developed through ERIS are incorporated into the wider Catapult business planning process to ensure maximum leverage of the products created.
- Adhering to ERIS and Catapult governance frameworks, policies and procedures
What credentials are we ideally looking for?
- Degree level qualification in business/engineering/science or a demonstrable combination of education, training and experience appropriate for the position.
- Extensive Product Management experience of complex digital products across full innovation and product lifecycle. Exposed to the challenges of a start-up business or the development of new initiatives in a larger company. Experience set that combines both technical and commercial elements
- Knowledge and experience from the energy sector, possibly gained in an adjacent sector such as ICT.
- Experience of or exposure to Local Authorities and their work and structure. Ideally experience of providing solutions to Local Authorities or their partners.
- Follows good process and discipline in performing complex tasks.
- Highly structured, numerical & logical – able to develop and implement delivery plans, and budgets
- A can-do attitude, able to work with limited supervision under pressure and to tight deadlines.
- Able to work with complexity and face paced change, in a technical environment
- Innovative and creative thinking and the ability to articulate this thinking
- Able to understand diverse and disruptive technologies and business transformation
- Able to identify, screen and pursue business opportunities
- Capable of evaluating critically gaps between technology, innovation and commercial success, as well as looking at the type of capabilities required to close such a gap
- Able to effect change within services, processes or business models
- Capable of leading in uncertainty: advances problems towards resolution despite ambiguity. Takes calculated risks to move forward. Makes confident and timely decisions despite incomplete information or adverse factors.
- Thinks strategically: Understands the internal/external environment impacting future business direction. Clarifies critical priorities to create business value. Assesses potential risks.
- Strong data gathering and analysis skills through consultation, questionnaires and workshops
- Experience of developing projects with multiple participants including work package definition and commercial terms
- Excellent stakeholder management skills and confidence working with individuals at all levels
- Confident presenting to wide range of audiences (conferences, working groups)
- Excellent influencing and negotiating skills
- Excellent networking and interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
- Able to look forward and anticipate problems and solve them
- Tenacity, persistence and determination to succeed in overcoming obstacles.
- Genuine, demonstrated interest in innovation
- Willing and able to travel around the UK and overseas as required though the role is based in Birmingham.
Would you like to Apply?
The closing date for applications is Sunday 8th August 2021
Please note that at this time we are unable to provide UK visa sponsorship.
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