Head of Product (interim)

Oak National Academy

Employment Type Temporary
Location Remote · UK
Salary £85,802 (GBP) £85,802
Seniority Senior
  • Closing: 4:20pm, 15th Apr 2024 BST

Perks and benefits

Flexible working hours
Work from home option
Retirement benefits
Life Insurance
Employee Assistance Programme
Additional parental leave
Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
Paid emergency leave
Extra holiday
Professional development
Payroll giving
Team social events
Equipment allowance

Candidate happiness

8.61 (5559)

Job Description

Please note that whilst we capture CVs as part of the application process, initial sifting of applications occurs 'blind' and is based purely on the responses to the admin questions and sift questions, so please include sufficient detail as we won't have visibility of your CV at this stage.

Head of Product

Responsible to: Product & Engineering Director

Team: Product & Engineering

Term: Fixed-term contract - 4-6 months (May-October)

Location: Remote, UK

Hours: 36 hours per week (if full-time – flexible arrangements will be considered. Our core working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, to allow effective collaboration time with colleagues).

Line management responsibility: Product Management Team, Data Analysis Team, Research & Evaluation Team, Product Design Team, Software QA Team

Budget responsibility: Yes (minimum 6 figures)

DBS: An enhanced DBS check is required for this role.


  • Develop and manage a high-performing Product department, leveraging internal and/or external relationships.

  • Manage the Product department budget (minimum of 6-figures).

  • Responsible for all decisions relating to the performance and function of the Product department.

  • Maintain specialist expertise in digital product and strategy development and be the authority across Oak and more widely across the sector.

  • Ensure that all our products are user-centric, pedagogically sound and backed by research, deliver high impact for teachers and pupils, and are rigorously evaluated.

  • Engage with stakeholders from across the education system and strategic partners in education technology and product design.

  • Contribute to the strategy and planning, and model the culture of the organisation.

  • Work in cross-functional and product-oriented squads with colleagues from across the organisation, as required.

  • Deputise for the Director of Product and Engineering and take on other general responsibilities as required.

Knowledge, skills, and experience

  • 3+ years holding responsibility for product development across a department.

  • Experience in recruiting, developing and managing a high-performing department.

  • Experience in managing a 6-figure budget.

  • Extensive experience collecting, analysing and using qualitative and quantitative data to inform continuous product design and development.

  • Demonstrable experience designing and rolling out continuously improving agile ways of working in a growing organisation.

  • Proven success in understanding and articulating challenging technical concepts to senior stakeholders.

  • Good understanding of education policy and the UK education system  (desirable).

The successful candidate will have a desire to contribute in all areas to ensure Oak is successful. You will be comfortable working at pace, with a range of digital systems (including proprietary ones as required) and you will continuously look at ways that the team can keep getting better. You will be excellent at working as part of a remote team, building relationships and managing your time effectively.

Please note that we reserve the right to close the role early.

Our plan is to hold interviews in the week of 15th April.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Mon 15th Apr 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 Mon 15th Apr 2024