Product Manager - Software

Hatfield, UK
19 Jun 2019
27 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Global e-commerce Company require a Product Manager. The Product Manager role is a strategic role within the Warehouse Automation department, focus on coordinating and aligning the direction of our automation products. You will focus on the products within the Control Systems area and will work side-by-side with the Head of Engineering for Control Systems, being jointly accountable for the delivery of your products. You will be required to build up and maintain a healthy level of trust and collaboration with your engineering counterpart, respecting the boundaries of your individual roles and responsibilities. You'll also work within our product team to define our strategy and roadmap, transforming this into feature definitions which will fit into the product's wider vision, ensuring the product we're building is in-line with the company's needs and strategy.

As the department grows, you'll play a role in growing the product team through the hiring of other product managers and product owners. You'll work closely with the other product managers to ensure that the product team is in-sync and able to do their best work. This may involve pioneering initiatives that support product owners in the Warehouse Automation stream to work as effectively as possible and help roll-out successful initiatives elsewhere.

Along with your engineering counterpart, you'll be a go-to person for insight and information. This will require you to be able to gain a good technical understanding of the entire Control Systems area, including real-time control systems, discrete event simulation and data science, with an emphasis on how the different areas tie together into the larger system. This will enable you to oversee key decisions, work out any disagreements and get everyone to commit to a plan which is agreeable to all. Whilst you will be expected to understand, contribute to and influence technical decisions, you will trust the final decisions made by our engineering teams.

This is not an ivory tower role - all of this will be done in close collaboration with the rest of the Product, UX and Engineering teams both within and outside of Warehouse Automation. You'll need to be a great communicator and influencer who can build an atmosphere of cohesiveness and focused collaboration between all the members of the team, all with the shared goal of driving the product forward.

Establish a vision for the area in alignment with product goals.

Be a go-to person for insight on their area from outside the stream.

Promote the development of a high-quality product whilst also aiding teams to deliver on promises in a timely fashion.

Facilitate collaboration between the teams working on a particular project or development item and provide them with direction and oversight.

Represent Warehouse Automation at meetings with other departments and senior management.

Keep all partners, including senior management, informed of development progress and of any significant risks or blockers

Identify and discuss both strategic and technical issues which may need action, and provide recommended action plans.

Be part of a team of product managers who look after the health of our automation products.

Help grow the product team within the Warehouse Automation stream.

Be a pioneer of initiatives that support product owners to make doing product easier in their area.

Establish and develop a relationship based on deep trust and mutual respect with the Head of Engineering for Control Systems.

Demonstrable experience of working in an agile environment

Excellent relationship building, networking and influencing skills

Ability to work effectively in ambiguous situations using critical thinking skills and be decisive while working cooperatively with others

Self-motivated, able to deliver under deadlines

Commercially astute with a proven track record demonstrating business acumen

An understanding and appreciation for software development and design

Strong and relevant technical skills and an analytic mindset


Previous experience in a Product Development role

Experience in estimating the value of software features, and in cost-benefit analysis and constructing business cases.

A strong track record in the fulfilment, warehouse or commercial software development sectors.

Familiarity or experience with simulation techniques

Track record delivering high-quality software that meets the business need in a timely fashion.

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