Interim Head of Product

Covent Garden
13 Oct 2016
29 Oct 2016
Role purpose: Responsible for formulating and executing solutions to programs of work which integrate existing or new capabilities from the Gamesys platform – for example new venture launches. These solutions will include definition of features, an architectural solution which best leverages our technical platforms, initial costings and scenarios for technical delivery. Formulating and executing these solutions requires significant collaboration with all technical functions and the Program Team – who own the overall delivery of the program company wide. Where it is not clear being the point of contact for updates to existing solutions – quickly routing that work to the relevant areas which may be one of a combination of web agency work or platform work. In addition, Product Solutions also facilitate product ownership best practice by working closely with POs across technical. To be successful, this person needs to be driven, a natural collaborator and an excellent communicator at all levels – with a strong product ownership background and a proven ability to work with agile technical teams. You will be in your element working with stakeholders, solution architects and program managers to pull together effective cross-cutting solutions to significant business objectives and opportunities. You will be a multi-tasker – capable of prioritizing and working across several programs simultaneously and organizing a cross-functional team. Recognising where you are not a subject matter expert you need to work closely with those who are and be able to build strong relationship networks across the company and externally. You will understand agile planning and delivery tracking and strategies for dealing with slippages and change. Key accountabilities: Supports the Program Prioritisation Matrix process by giving timely high-level insights on costing and risk Owns definition and execution of Product Solutions for key programs. A Product Solution comprises Feature Backlogs, Milestone definition, Solution Architecture and technical Delivery Scenarios. Partners with the Proposal Owners to gain insight into the proposal vision and goals Partners with Commercial Owners to build out a prioritised Feature Backlog and Milestones inline with the vision and goals Partners with the Program Team and Platform Teams to build out suitable delivery scenarios based on priorities, sizing and the impact on existing programs. Partners with the Technical Platforms to formulate costed technical solutions to best leverage the platforms and deliver the required features Partners with the Technical Platforms to influence Platform Roadmaps to best support upcoming solutions – with the aim that the platforms are delivery key features earlier Partners with the Technical Office to understand and influence the strategic vision and roadmap Collaborates with Ux and Design to bring the best cross-cutting player experience to the solution Ensures that solutions integrate platform features to provide a high quality, wholly cohesive player experience. Ensures the solutions are compliant by collaborating with Platform Compliance to incorporate the best solutions to regulatory and other legal requirements. Ensures all stakeholders have access to clear feature backlogs and up to date delivery scenarios/status and frequent demos. Grows a knowledgeable and valued Solutions Architecture function by leveraging our existing architects and building out a dedicated team as needed. Facilitates Product Ownership best practice across technical Ensures that when they are the point of contact for a piece work in a single vertical that that work is moved on quickly to the relevant product owner. Lives by the Gamesys DNA (you can find these on our website) The person: You will have proven experience of working in a senior product role in an online multi-device agile environment. You will be comfortable working with architects and development teams. You can build strong relationships at all levels and have experience or an interesting in the gaming industry. You will be self-motivated with the desire to work with people to achieve great things through collaboration. Competencies and experience required: Minimum: Ability to build formal and informal relationships across the business. Able to collaborate with subject matter experts (e.g. program, commercial, technical) to pull together the most appropriate solutions Strong product skills and the ability to understand business and industry goals and direction Demonstrates personal commitment to delivery the best solutions and inspires others to do so Ability to see the 'big picture,' evaluate the business impact of issues and prioritise various requests accordingly Proven ability to communicate product features and milestones clearly at the appropriate level of detail Numerate and literate with a high level of attention to detail. Ability to turn complex concepts into actionable recommendations and features. Ability to manage and coach others. Ability to set and accomplish challenging goals. Fosters an environment of collaboration and results orientation Scope: Product Solutions reports into the CTO working closely with all functions in technology. This role will have responsibility for internal and external web teams, POs and solution architects. The key stakeholders for this role will be the CTO/Technical, Program/PMO, Marketing and other stakeholders across the business. Key performance indicators: The successful definition, communication and execution of new ventures, product verticals and other significant technical solutions together with updates to existing ventures outside of program work. About Us We are on a mission to become the world’s most entertaining online gaming company. It all started with Jackpotjoy but along the way we have grown into the award-winning team of designers, developers and operators behind some of the leading gaming sites and apps including Virgin Games and Caesar’s Casino. But, we haven’t stopped there we’re also behind Bingo Lane, Jackpotjoy Slots and other great free-to-play games. Born in 2001 with just a handful of developers, we are now over 900 employees strong across 7 group offices worldwide with our headquarters in Central London. Over 24 million players enjoy our 258 games, generating on average 6,028 chat messages every 15 minutes Whether it be through the awards we've won for innovation in Bingo and Slots, our commitment to using cutting edge technology, or simply our passion to innovate, thrill, and surprise, Gamesys constantly pushes the boundaries to be the best in class. Our culture is visible everywhere. Visit our reception - you’ll find sweets and a giant monkey, in the design team a giant red lamp and the latest quad core mac pros; the breakout areas a Gamesys pool table and fridges full of beer, wine and soft drinks. In the meeting rooms you might find grass instead of carpet, in the summer you’ll meet all our families together for a celebration and in the winter you can find Mexican wrestlers or circus acts roaming around. Weekly social and sports events give you the opportunity to stretch both your mind and body, whether it be getting involved in a meetup or brownbag session, playing in the poker tournament or joining one of the many sports teams. But our culture is not just in what you can see it's in everything we do, we're hard workers and we get stuck in. We have fun, making fun and our vision is to invent, play and discover together, to craft experiences that thrill our players and rock the world. This job was originally posted as

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