Head of Product - Product and Partnerships
London, United Kingdom
3d ago

Purpose of Role :

To develop and deliver a co-ordinated set of complementary roadmaps for GroupM Products & Services. This will include detailed roadmaps and planning for our INCA (Influencer Marketing), Xaxis, Commerce and wider GroupM services.

You will have 3 - 4 Director level reports who in turn have varying team sizes. Those teams are built of experience product managers who have an established record of accomplishment of delivering products and services across GroupM.

About the role :

This is a key role within the GroupM Products & Services squad that will directly report into the Managing Partner for Products & Partnerships.

Leading 3 - 4 agile teams this role must manage and apply our resources efficiently to ensure we deliver our vision to provide our agencies and businesses with a platform for growth and success.

The Product team needs to work with leaders and innovators from across our wider group to ensure our products and services are continually refreshed and meet the demands of our clients and agencies.

The product team will also be delivering major new initiatives in market and liaising with various WPP and GroupM entities to ensure their success.

Areas of Accountability and Influence

  • Roadmap Delivery
  • Product Innovation and Development
  • Commercial Growth & Success
  • Network Integration
  • Roadmap Delivery

  • You will own the annual process of roadmap evaluation and development with quarterly reviews. The roadmap is not set in stone and can be adjusted as required throughout the year, however each year a new high-level plan is pulled together in conjunction with our agencies.
  • You will be responsible for pulling together and combing roadmaps for GroupM core initiatives, Xaxis, INCA and Commerce offering, among others.
  • You will be able to present a coherent product strategy and roadmap that shows how our offerings complement each other and serve to improve our client offering.
  • You will be a trusted source of expertise for our business that acts as an escalation point on product or service performance.
  • You will have considerable influence and decision-making authority with regards how budgets and resources should be deployed to ensure we hit product growth targets.
  • You will constantly evaluate individual product strategies taking into consideration partner tech developments or wider changes in the industry.
  • You will regularly present and articulate a clear product strategy that has the support and "buy in" from all key business stakeholders.
  • Product Innovation & Development

  • Responsibility for managing and delivering product roadmaps for Xaxis UK, INCA, Commerce and GroupM centrally delivered platforms.
  • Work closely with Google to ensure we are developing our A / V products in a manner that takes full advantage of beta features coming to the DV360 platform.
  • Ensure we are enhancing our A / V offering beyond "vanilla" industry offerings though investment in media and other tech and data providers.
  • Responsible for delivering a robust and agile roadmap for INCA. Taking a test and learn, entrepreneurial / start-up mentality to this fast growing and exciting brand.
  • Work with our Business Transformation Squad to refresh key foundational systems, tools, and processes to ensure that we are building a platform for growth and success in our agencies.
  • Take ownership for the successful delivery of new planning and execution platforms into our business, this will require integrations into existing systems and roll-out plans to be designed and implemented for all agencies.
  • Ensure we have a robust and productive working partnership with our investment squad, and we are leveraging our market position to the full via our products and services and to the benefit of our clients.
  • Commercial Growth and Success

  • Drive a high-performance culture with a rigorous continual evaluation of our products and services.
  • Have a clear understanding of our products and services financial performance, advise the business with regards resource investment.
  • Working with our Partnerships team periodically benchmark our products and services against competing in market offerings.
  • Prepare business cases to support investment decisions on product growth, equally provide rationale and data to remove resources from declining propositions.
  • Prepare and deliver regular reports and analysis to constantly drive incremental performance gains.
  • Troubleshoot and pro-actively manage business challenges.
  • Network Integration

  • You will be responsible for early-stage adoption of new platforms and services that are developed by wider WPP and GroupM colleagues e.
  • g., WPP Open DCO (Dynamic Creative Optimisation), a new machine learning based campaign planning and execution system among others.

  • Your will ensure these offerings integrate into local UK systems and working practises.
  • You will work to transition our current suite of products to ensure they integrate with our offshore capabilities.
  • You will liaise with key business stakeholders to ensure the successful widespread adoption of such initiatives.
  • You will actively seek out opportunities for closer and improved working integrations from across the WPP network.
  • Reporting lines

    This role reports to the Managing Partner, Product and Partnerships GroupM UK Ltd. The role will have 3 -4 Director level direct reports depending on the Lifecyle of various initiatives.

    What we are looking for from you :

    A business leader who has / is :

  • Proven capability in developing and delivering high level product roadmaps.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver new product initiatives from the "ground up".
  • Specialist digital media knowledge, experience working with DSP's, Adservers and a wider array of Adtech / Martech.
  • Experience and training in Agile / Scrum methodologies
  • A record of accomplishment of developing diverse teams who operate inclusively.
  • A decision maker who can provide senior leadership to their teams. An individual who can evaluate quickly based on the information at hand and help speed up initiatives by being decisive.
  • Experienced industry knowledge, more than just "tech competent" somebody who understands the shape and forward momentum of the market.
  • Successfully motivates, leads, and grows our high potential staff.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in establishing elevated levels of stakeholder satisfaction.
  • Role requirements :

  • Highly knowledgeable and experienced in digital media products and services. Substantial industry experience with a proven commercial record of delivering results.
  • Demonstrable record of developing and delivering product roadmaps that have had a significant commercial impact.
  • Proven experience working within and leading teams in an agile manner.
  • Hands on experience delivering or servicing digital media campaigns.
  • Comfortable with handling (up to) C-level clients and agency management, as well as colleagues at all levels
  • Assertive yet diplomatic - prepared to fight for the right cause and lead from the front.
  • Shape all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion within the team and business, but also through our investment decisions and partnerships with agencies.
  • Ensuring that our efforts in the DEI space are appropriate, and working to identify, develop and deliver innovative ways to support our overall ambition to fully reflect the diversity of modern Britain.

  • Inspiring communicator with clear written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to deliver excellent results consistently.
  • Focussed and able to maintain perspective.
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, charismatic, and resilient
  • Forward thinking, someone who is not afraid to call out or question certain practises and identify better ways of working.
  • A confident thinker who is highly driven and ambitious.
  • About GroupM Products & Services

    The Products & Services squad objective is to provide our agencies with a "platform for growth". This includes specialized media products & services, data & technology solutions and a coordinated services layer that is fully integrated and aligned with our agencies and operating companies.

    It's a team of specialists in digital media, data and technology working together to help make advertising work better for people.

    About Xaxis

    Xaxis is The Outcome Media Company that delivers real client value through innovative media products and services. Xaxis combines unique brand-safe media access, unrivalled programmatic expertise, unique data, and proprietary artificial intelligence to help brands achieve business outcomes using digital media.

    Xaxis offers managed programmatic services in 47 markets, including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.

    For more information, visit www.xaxis.com .

    About INCA

    INCA provides brands with a single, one-stop resource for the best creators, top-tier content production, and expert media strategy and execution.

    We are a full-service strategic partner that helps brands produce and distribute creative, influential content. For more information, visit http : / / www.inca-global.com


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