Head of Product Research and Innovation

Principles for Responsible Investment

Employment Type Full time
Location Hybrid · London, UK
Salary £85,000 - £100,000 (GBP)
Team Product Development
Seniority Senior
  • Closing: 8:00pm, 18th Feb 2024 GMT

Job Description

About the PRI

The PRI is the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment. It works to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions.

The PRI’s three distinct capabilities relate to the core elements of the PRI’s approach to achieving a sustainable financial system.

  • Translate RI (Responsible Investment) thought leadership into insights and practical support that is tailored to what signatories need to progress their RI practice.

  • Convene our vast network to create opportunities for collaborative action.

  • Harness our global scale to influence policymakers and regulators to effect system change.

Job Description

The Head of Product Research and Innovation plays a pivotal role in driving PRI strategic initiatives by leading and overseeing research and development efforts. This position involves shaping the product roadmap through a deep understanding of market trends, signatory needs, and emerging technologies.

The role encompasses formulating and executing research strategies, fostering a culture of innovation, and collaborating cross- functionally to develop cutting –edge products. The Head of Product Research and Innovation is responsible to provide day-to-day line management for the product development team and guidance throughout the entire product development lifecycle, from concept to launch.

Core Responsibilities

  • Support the Director of Product Development in delivering against the team’s business plan and budget.

  • Lead engagement with Directors and stakeholders to shape and influence delivery activity in line with the PRI’s strategy and objectives.

  • Work with other teams across PRI to promote user-centricity and to ensure the resourcing model for multidisciplinary teams works effectively.

  • Lead creation of strategic roadmaps, business cases, funding forecasts and delivery plans to define the pipeline of future work in RIS Solutions

  • Manage, coach and mentor direct reports, responsible for increasing capability and ensuring product development standards and met.

  • Work with the Director of Product Development in the recruitment, retention, and upskilling of team members to define standards and best practices.

  • Provide regular reporting to the Director of Product Portfolio and Chief Responsible Investment Solutions Officer as required.

  • Coordinate product development activities, ensuring alignment with the overall strategic PRI objectives.

  • Stay up to date with industry trends and emerging technologies to identify new product development opportunities including attending conferences, industry events and reviewing research.

  • Actively participate in product development meetings and workshops to understand signatory needs and gather feedback for product development opportunities.

Person Specification

  • Well- developed people management skills (including providing feedback, challenge, and coaching) and the ability to manage a high-performing team.

  • Good knowledge and understanding of product development and the product lifecycle, preferably in a SaaS, RaaS, software/platform development, digital, data product environment, finance and/or ESG.

  • Good written communication and verbal presentation skills, including public speaking skills with the ability to give presentations, lead meetings, and communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively to technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Ability to use qualitative or quantitative research (e.g., customer feedback and market research.) to gain insights.

  • Extensive experience in product development with proven success in leading crossing cross- functional teams through the entire product development lifecycle.

  • Significant experience and ability to analyse business processes and gather requirements.

  • Excellent networking, relationship management and interpersonal skills and experience of building strong and productive relationships.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to developing others and a growth mindset, actively pursuing continuous profession and personal development.

We particularly welcome candidates from under-represented groups, including Black, Asian, and other People of Colour, those with visible or non-visible disabilities, LGBTQ+ candidates and those who are neurodivergent.

The PRI is committed to offering flexibility to our employees, both formal (e.g. part-time work) and informal (e.g. a shift in hours to accommodate caring responsibilities). Please talk to us about how we could make this role flexible for you.

N.B. We reserve the right to close a vacancy before the closing date in the event of an overwhelming response or a change in business priorities.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Sun 18th Feb 2024


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Sun 18th Feb 2024