Senior Product Manager

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  • Posted 2 weeks ago



Flexible Working: We support full-time, part-time, compressed, and flexible hours, we’re highly committed to offering remote working across the organisation, however, our ability to provide this is dependent on the role requirement.

About Us

We’re MI6, also known as the SIS. Our mission is to protect the security and economic wellbeing of the UK from overseas threats such as regional instability, terrorism, and cyber-attacks. Working across the globe and in close partnership with MI5 and GCHQ, we help the Government to counter these threats through the provision of secret intelligence. A role in MI6 will see you providing vital support to this work, within a supportive and encouraging environment that puts the emphasis on teamwork.

The Role

As a Senior Product Manager at MI6, you’ll be part of developing and delivering valuable products for the organisation, and be responsible for deciding what products we build to help keep our organisation and the country safe.

In this role, you’ll connect products with people, building strong relationships and engaging with different areas across our organisation. You’ll focus on customers, and their most pressing problems, translating their challenges into exciting ideas that inspire our engineers to develop innovative products.

Day-to-day, you’ll also ensure all the moving parts of a project work together, giving engineers and designers autonomy and guidance while managing stakeholder involvement. As part of this, you’ll be involved in Programme Increment Planning (PI) and contribute to the management of prioritisation conflicts.

Beyond working with people, you’ll also work with numbers, managing our product budget and ensuring compliance with all financial regulations and processes. What’s more, you’ll oversee our product and delivery risks, assuring effective risk management processes are in place.

About You

You’ll have a broad and impressive product management portfolio, showing a variety of techniques at different phases of the service lifecycle. You’ll need a working knowledge of product management process and experience in leading product teams, redesigning processes, and collaborating with senior leaders and technical specialists. You’ll know how to coach teams in Agile and lean practices. You can identify and deal with potential risks and you’ll bring a DDaT (Digital, Data and Technology progression capability framework) perspective to the team. You’ll set the standard for what good looks like , sharing digital and innovative ways of working with the team and across the DDaT skills community.

But that’s not all. You’ll shine in picking the perfect project methodology-whether it’s agile, iterative, experimental or MSP-to ensure smooth and efficient delivery.

You’re someone that thrives on embracing new ideas and can lay out a clear vision and direction for the products you oversee. These strengths will be key as you work within a variety of teams, providing guidance and delivering challenging messages to stakeholders at all levels.

Training and Development

Right from day one, we’ll make you feel welcomed and fully prepared. When you join us, you’ll have an induction into the organisation, which will help you get to grips with how we operate and give you a rounded understanding of your role. And on top of that you’ll have a dedicated product leader who’ll support you as a coach and mentor.

You’ll always be encouraged to form your own personal development programme, which could include gaining additional qualifications. And on top of that, you’ll have access to training opportunities within the DDaT and innovation framework, as well as leadership and development programmes.

We’ve got plenty of tailored training, coaching, and mentoring lined up just for you. So whatever your professional goals may be, we’ll work with you to build the skills you need to excel in your role and throughout your career.

Rewards and Benefits

You’ll receive a starting salary of £90,227. You’ll also benefit from a competitive pension scheme, with generous employer contributions and some of the lowest member contributions in the public sector.

Other benefits include:

  • 25 Days Annual Leave automatically rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service, and an additional 10.5 days public and privilege holidays
  • Opportunities to be recognised through our employee performance scheme
  • Personal Learning Budget
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Facilities such as a gym, restaurant and on-site coffee bars (at some locations)
  • Paid parental and adoption leave.

At MI6 diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodivergent conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce such as women, those from an ethnic minority background, people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Find out more about our culture, working environment and diversity on our website:

MI6 are proud to have achieved Leader status within the DWP’s Disability Confident scheme. This is aimed at encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people. Being Disability Confident, we aim to offer a person-to-person interview to any candidate who self-identifies as disabled and meets the essential criteria for the role. This is our ‘Offer of Interview’ (OOI). To secure an interview for this vacancy, the essential criteria (in order of application process) are:

  • Demonstrate the ability to define and prioritise problems, focusing on customers’ most pressing problems and explain them effectively, for their delivery teams to solve. To be assessed at application form sift.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of Product Management, and be comfortable working with customers, delivery teams, stakeholders and suppliers. To be assessed at application form sift.
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of audiences, articulating a clear vision and direction of the products you are responsible for. To be assessed at application form sift.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of agile ways of working and customer discovery techniques. To be assessed at application form sift

What to Expect

Our recruitment process is fair, transparent, and based on merit. Here is a brief overview of each stage, in order:

  • Application sift, looking at your motivation for the role and the organisation
  • Technical and HR interview.
  • If successful, you’ll receive a conditional offer of employment, subject to vetting

Please note, you must successfully pass each stage of the process to progress to the next. Your application may take around 6 – 9 months to process including vetting, so we advise you continue any current employment until you have received your final job offer.

Before You Apply

To work at MI6, you need to be a British citizen or hold dual British nationality. You can read our full eligibility criteria here.

This role requires the highest security clearance, known as Developed Vetting (DV). It’s something everyone in the UK Intelligence Community undertakes. You can find out more about the vetting process here.

Please note we have a strict drugs policy, so once you start your application, you can’t take any recreational drugs and you’ll need to declare your previous drug usage at the relevant stage.

The role is based in London, so you’ll need to live within a commutable distance. Please consider any financial implications and practicalities before submitting an application. A loan is available to support people relocating to London.

Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member.

Right to Withdraw Statement:

Please be aware that we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date for this role from the original closing date once a certain number of applications have been received. Please be mindful of this and submit your application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

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