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Global Product Manager

Posting Country:  United Kingdom
Date Posted:  12-Jul-2021
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

At Vodafone, we’re working hard to build a better future. A more connected, inclusive and sustainable world. As a dynamic global community, it's our human spirit, together with technology, that empowers us to achieve this. 

We challenge and innovate in order to connect people, businesses, and communities across the world. Delighting our customers and earning their loyalty drive us, and we experiment, learn fast and get it done, together.

With us, you can be truly be yourself and belong, share inspiration, embrace new opportunities, thrive, and make a real difference.

Role Title: Global Product Manager
Location: London Paddington / Newbury


Role purpose: 
Vodafone Security is a rapidly evolving strategic function, that is putting security at the forefront of the Vodafone Business value proposition.  In joining the team you will become a founding member of this exciting function, responsible for developing both the strategic and technology vision, alongside the business model and commercial success of the emerging security portfolio.  


Vodafone Business has a vision to bring enterprise-grade cybersecurity along with access to leading cyber talent and expertise to organisations that do not have the experience, time or resources to keep up with the rapidly evolving threat landscape. Vodafone Security currently sits within Cloud & Security, a c.300 strong organisation based across the UK and Germany predominantly, with an emerging presence across the EU.

The role of the Global Product Manager is to lead and provide E2E global product lifecycle management for their respective product line.  Working with in-country product managers in their team to ensure group products are fully relevant and integrated into local markets and to maintain visibility of locally developed products. Their focus will typically be around a particular product or set of products (e.g. Cirrus based products for Global content partnering) where they will have full E2E accountability for their products acting in capacity as the ‘mini CEO’ on a global scale.

With us you will:

• Driving product strategy (~3-year horizon) in line with global business and commercial priorities (e.g. revenue growth and new customer acquisition).
• Full ownership and accountability for the business commercials, P&L and revenue growth roadmap.
• Capture and translate global customer needs into clear product capabilities and features or to optimise existing products.
• Focus on ‘total product design’ to ensure all E2E requirements are captured including quality, safety, regulatory and sustainability.
• Create and maintain global product roadmap, ensuring alignment with Local Product Managers. Ensuring OpCo requirements are captured and integration, launch and go-to-market resources and budgets are planned and ring-fenced. 
• Working with Global Product Board where necessary to ensure visibility and alignment of global product roadmaps and to secure funding for new product creation or product enhancements (likely through Head of Portfolio).
• Overseeing the agile product development phase to ensure necessary governance, funding and key deliverables are achieved on time and to quality, working with their respective Technology Product Lead.
• Acts as ‘chief publicist’ for their product to ensure all go-to-OpCo and launch requirements are consistent, scalable and aligned through their Local Product Managers and relevant teams (incl. marketing, commercial, sales etc.). In truly global products this responsibility might be more limited for type C where the product is an overlay.
• Identifying/working with product partners and determining how they will support the creation of new products.
• Owns product pricing strategy & reference pricing, establishing suitable product differentiation, value-add & execution strategies to underpin product’s success.
• Manage all in-life and end-of-life requirements to optimise global product performance, capability and commercials, initiating resolving actions where necessary.

Apply if you have: 

• Requires particular focus on customers at a global level whilst appreciating any local nuances. Able to manage and understand global customer trends.
• Security certification – CISSP, CISM…
• Demonstrable experience of successful projects and programmes to meet business expectations and deliver results.
• Natural ability to lead on behalf of their product on a global scale.
• Drives senior functional stakeholders to align with their product strategy and requirements. Highly proficient at managing global strategy and commercial requirements for a global product/s.
• Requires ability to manage P&L and commercials globally for their product.
• Excellent product knowledge particularly at a global level. Able to spot global product and technology trends. Good understanding of key enabling product technologies
• Emphasis on resolving conflicting requirements within OpCos  
• Engages local stakeholders regularly on all aspects of their product and includes their feedback in the key PLCM phases
• Strong organisational skills and time management
• Strong cross-functional working capabilities
• Excellent reporting and analytical skills.

What’s in it for you?  

• 28 days holiday (with the option to buy or sell 5 days) plus public holidays 
• Flexible working 
• Pension matching scheme of up to 10% 
• 5 paid days leave for charity projects 
• MyChoices portal - cycle to work scheme, 100’s of retail discounts, shares and salary sacrifice schemes 
• Vodafone family and friends discount 
• Interest free commuter loan 
• Global parental leave policy for all new parents coming in 2020 which includes 16 weeks fully paid leave and upon returning to work, new parents can work part-time hours for 6 months whilst being paid their full-time salary.
• Access to Vodafone University and LinkedIn Learning 



Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised and rewarded. We are committed to promoting Inclusion for All with the belief that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business. We actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of our journey.

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