Digital Product Manager



Full Time Contact: Recruitment Team Reference: R0067402

Job Description

Job Title:  Digital Product Manager

Location:  Leamington Spa or Edinburgh

Department / Team: Product Management

Reports to:  Head of Digital Product Management

abrdn is one of the world’s largest investment companies, and we are built on a long standing culture of caring about the future and making a positive impact. Together we invest for a better future. We do it to make a difference to the lives of our clients and customers, our employees, society and our shareholders.

Our strategy is to build a vibrant and value-creating purpose-led organisation, with the current and future needs of our stake holders at the heart of all we do.

Role Purpose

The Digital Product Manager owns and contributes to the Product vision, direction and roadmap of the Digital Innovation Group in conjunction with the Head of Digital Product Management. They ensure that the Product set is designed and delivered in line with this and achieves the expected benefits.

This role is focused on a sophisticated product set to enable Financial Advice & Planning, Investment & Asset Management, Direct to Consumer advised and non-advised experiences, hybrid variations of these, and the underpinning tools, data services, regulatory and operational capabilities & services required by professional organisations in the U.K. and worldwide, including abrdn.

Key Outcomes

Clearly define and communicate the Product vision, direction and roadmap that provides valuable business benefit to abrdn and the Digital Innovation Group.

  • Ensure that all aspects of the Digital Product Eco-System(s) are able to support the goals and objectives of the Digital Innovation Group, its customers and other stakeholders.

  • Understand and interpret external markets – customers, prospective customers, competitors, new entrants, potential partners, general technology and regulatory trends, and the wider Financial Services / Investment / Advice industry.

  • Ensure that customers’ and the users’ needs are paramount.

  • Maximise product value in line with customer expectations and product vision.

  • Track product performance – usage, benefit realisation, effectiveness, areas for improvement – and evolve the product vision, direction and roadmap as appropriate.

  • Work with the Head of Digital Product Management to produce business cases for investment in the Digital Eco-System and ensure that the expected business benefits are realised.

  • Liaise with other Product Managers, Owners, Analysts and others in Design roles to ensure alignment and to address problems.

  • Identify and promote opportunities to improve the Product Management and Agile development practices of the Digital Innovation Group, including appropriate methods, artefacts and controls.

Ensure that the Product set is designed and delivered in line with the Product vision, direction and roadmap

  • Ensure that other functions including the Digital Development teams understand the Product vision and the desired shape and scope of, and rationale for, changes to the Product set.

  • Contribute to requirements analysis and product / application design, which may include aspects of data analysis, financial modelling, application design and architecture and user experience

  • Review the deliverables from the Digital Development teams to ensure that they are in line with expectations.

  • Ensure that suitable Product documentation is produced to support a) internal colleagues, b) existing customers and c) business development and marketing activities.

  • Work closely with, and take on the duties when necessary of, the Product Owner(s) to ensure momentum in driving the Product forward.

Develop market propositions and opportunities

  • Work with the Head of Digital Product Management, the Digital Innovation team, business development and SLA / abrdn Global Distribution team to define market propositions including input to marketing collateral, product pricing and promotional materials.

  • Acts as a champion for the Digital Eco-System both internally and with existing and prospective customers.

Skills & Experience

  • Previous working experience as a Product Manager or in related roles within financial services / advice / wealth management software product development

  • Extensive domain knowledge and experience – Financial Advice / Planning, Investment / Asset Management, ideally qualified to QCF4

  • In-depth knowledge of Agile processes and principles

  • Outstanding communication, presentation and leadership skills

  • Excellent verbal skills – ability to readily explain things and “tell stories”

  • Excellent written skills - ability to draw diagrams and concisely document product requirements

  • Excellent organisational and time management skills

  • Sharp analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Strong numerical skills – ability to understand financial planning & modelling tools

  • Creative thinker with a vision

  • Attention to detail

Our Benefits

There's more to working life than coming home with a good salary. We have an environment where you can learn, get involved and be supported.

When you join us, your reward will be one of the best around, including 40 days annual leave, a 16% employer pension contribution, a discretionary, performance based bonus, private healthcare and a range of flexible benefits including gym discounts, season ticket loans and access to an employee discount site amongst many others. You can read more about our benefits here.

How we create value

Our strategic drivers are the foundations from which we deliver for all our stake holders: High impact intelligence, Client & customer-led growth, Belief in our trusted brand and Future fit. You can find out more about our values here.

Our Inclusive Culture

We are committed to exploring the possibilities of working smarter. This means we’d like to hear from you, whatever way you like to work. We have a long-term commitment to building inclusive workplaces; we value diversity in our workforce and welcome enquiries from everyone. If you need assistance or a reasonable adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist. You can find out more about our inclusive culture here.

We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of difference are valued and which is free from any form of unfair or unlawful treatment.  We define diversity in its broadest sense – this includes but is not limited to our diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, experience, cognitive and neurodiversity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief and ethnicity and geographical provenance.  We support a culture that values meritocracy, fairness and transparency and welcomes enquiries from everyone.

If you need assistance or an adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist.

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