Senior Product Development Manager

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (GB)
£41,526 - £49,553 plus exceptional benefits
Monday, 16 September 2019
End of advertisement period
Friday, 18 October 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Product Development Manager

Unit:         Learning Experience and Technology team, CIO portfolio
Salary:     £41,526 - £49,553 plus exceptional benefits
Location:        Milton Keynes
Reference:     16467 (Permanent) & 16468 (12-month maternity cover). Please indicate which role(s) you are applying for.

Closing date:     18 October 2019 – 12:00

Change your career, change lives
The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. 

The role
Do you have a genuine passion for educational technologies and creating great user experiences? If you do, then we would love to hear from you.
We are responsible for managing and developing the Open University's award-winning digital online learning environments. 

As Senior Product Development Manager, you will be a product owner responsible for specific tools and services within our student-facing learning environments. In that role you will assess requirements, taking into account student and staff needs, strategic constraints, accessibility and the wider student experience. You will collaborate with a variety of stakeholders and experts to create, improve, test, manage, and deliver great user experiences.

Skills and experience

You should have a higher education qualification or equivalent demonstrable experience. See the job description and person specification for full details of the required skills and experience. Of the two roles on offer:

  • the fixed term role will have responsibility for managing the production of support and guidance for staff and students. 
  • the permanent role will have responsibility for accessibility and usability testing and for building and managing a team in this area.

What you get in return
In addition to a supportive and friendly working environment, you’ll also get 33 days holiday per annum (with bank holidays and Christmas closure days on top), and an attractive pension.

How to apply
An application form, the full job description and person specification are available using the links below

Please submit an application form, along with your CV and cover letter (2 sides of A4 maximum).  

You should ensure your cover letter clearly addresses the criteria listed in the job description.

Please submit your application to quoting the reference number 16467 or 16468 or both..

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544, or email:, quoting the reference number above. 

Closing date:     midday on 09 October 2019

Please note: If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview.  However, we thank you for your interest in The Open University and encourage you to apply for future positions.

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