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Head of Product

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Job summary

£55928 - £66990
Around 42.00 per week
Closing Date
12 July 2016 at midnight
Employment Type
Fixed Term Appointment - Fair and Open

We are currently seeking applications for a Head of Product within the Digital Public Services and Business Transformation based in Edinburgh.

mygov.scot is the place for people in Scotland to access public services that are easy to find and simple to use – services so convenient, people choose digital first.

The mygov.scot platform is a set of products and services that are continuously evolving as a result of user feedback and analysis. Progressively more content, features and transactions are being added over time and we work in close partnership with public sector colleagues to put user needs at the forefront of service design and delivery.

The Head of Product will help deliver public services that meet ‘digital first’ commitments set out in the national strategy ‘Scotland's Digital Future – Delivery of Public Services’.  The post holder will be a key member of the Scottish Government’s Digital Directorate.

We are looking to hire an experienced product manager to join our mission. The post-holder will project a compelling product vision from both end-user and system-user perspectives, and will lead multi-functional teams to deliver the mygov.scot platform based on evidenced user needs.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Bands B and C, you must hold a minimum of 3 SCE Higher or A Level qualifications with one being English. Please note, only grades A, B and C are acceptable. Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Essential Criteria
• Experience of product management with a track record of shipping and evolving great digital products and services
• Experience of analysing and applying user insight and performance data to design and continually improve digital products and services in tune with user needs
• Experienced in leading multi-disciplinary teams in technical environments
• First-hand experience and in-depth knowledge of roadmap and backlog management, continuous integration, behaviour driven development, user story definition, story estimation and sprint planning
• Proven ability to set and report against performance targets
• Excellent communication skills to represent the mygov programme with users and stakeholders

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date.

This is a 23 month fixed term and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the minimum essential criteria for the appointment will be invited to the assessment centre. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a diverse workforce which reflects the people of Scotland.

As this is an externally advertised fixed term appointment, applicants from the Other Government Departments will be treated as new entrants to the Scottish Government. This will mean changes to your Civil Service pension and other benefits gained over the course of your civil service career. When the fixed term appointment ends, your contract will terminate.

You can apply for any job with us as long as you are a UK national or have dual nationality with one part being British. In addition, posts are open to Commonwealth citizens and nationals of any of the member states of the European Economic Area (EEA).  Further information about civil service nationality requirements is available on the Civil Service Website.

If you experience any difficulties accessing the Work for Scotland website, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0131 244 5175 or at recruitment@gov.scot, or alternatively, write to Scottish Government, Resourcing Team, F Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD.


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